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rom the West Indies, Captain McClellan was stationed at Washington, employed on duties connected with the Pacific Railroad surveys. In the autumn of 1854, he drew up a very elaborate memoir on various practical points relating to the construction and management of railways, which was published in the same volume with the reports of his explorations. The Secretary of War remarks upon it as follows:--Captain McClellan, of the Corps of Engineers, after the completion of his field-operations, was directed to visit various railroads, and to collect information of facts established in the construction and working of existing roads, to serve as data in determining the practicability of constructing and working roads over the several routes explored. The results of his inquiries will be found in a very valuable memoir, herewith submitted. In the spring of 1855, Captain McClellan received the appointment of captain in the First Cavalry Regiment, then under the command of Colonel Sumner.
which had been called was held at Headquarters. The officers present (besides General McClellan) were Generals McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, Franklin, Fitz-John Porter, Andrew Porter, Smith, McCall, Blenker, Negley, and Barnard. The Presidehether a movement should be made down to the Lower Chesapeake. After a full discussion, four of the officers — McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, and Barnard — approved of the former plan, and the remainder of the latter. The details were not considerebe commanded by Major-General I. McDowell. Second Corps to consist of three divisions, and to be commanded by Brigadier-General E. V. Sumner. Third Corps to consist of three divisions, and to be commanded by Brigadier-General S. P. Heintzelman. Fourt suffice. (Keyes, Heintzelman, and McDowell.) A total of forty thousand men for the defence of the city would suffice. (Sumner.) This was assented to by General McClellan, and immediately communicated to the War Department; and on the same day
re they arrived in full force; and, though General Sumner, who had come up and assumed the command, clock P. M.), new actors come upon the stage. Sumner, who has at last passed the river with Sedgwicals who, bayonet in hand, and gallantly led by Sumner himself, charged furiously upon the foe, and d Orders had been sent from Headquarters to General Sumner, at two o'clock, to move his division acroin the morning he left the headquarters of General Sumner, and between eight and nine arrived at thefeet) from the spot where the general himself (Sumner) was directing the battle. The battle of F did not appear at Waterloo, as was expected. Sumner's arrival upon the field at six is paralleled us hours they were to us, because they enabled Sumner to get to the field and save us from being cut to pieces. General Sumner had crossed the river by the upper of the two bridges which he had bui the Chickahominy the two bridges built by General Sumner became impracticable by the night of the 3[1 more...]
ced. The several corps of Keyes, Heintzelman, Sumner, and Franklin, comprising eight divisions, wersix miles from its front; the railroad bridge; Sumner's upper bridge; Woodbury's, Alexander's, and Droops and trains. General Heintzelman and General Sumner, with the 3d and 2d Corps, remained in thenction took place a little after noon, and General Sumner assumed command of the forces so united. oped steadily downwards towards Richmond. General Sumner formed his line in this field, at right anfifteen thousand men, and the situation of General Sumner appeared critical. His position, however,troops crossed the White Oak Swamp bridge, and Sumner's last brigade, commanded by General French, din the enemy's power. At this critical moment Sumner hurried to the front some regiments of Sedgwicsupport Franklin. A gallant advance was made; Sumner's artillery opened sharply. The advance of th the 4th Corps, then Heintzelman's corps, then Sumner's, then Franklin's, and, on the extreme right,[4 more...]
mond, and left General Keyes, with his corps, to perform the work and temporarily to garrison the place. On the evening of the 23d he sailed with his staff for Acquia Creek, where he arrived on the following morning and reported for orders. On the 26th he was ordered to Alexandria, and reached there the same day. In the mean time the corps of Heintzelman and Porter had sailed from Newport News and Yorktown, on the 19th, 20th, and 21st, to join General Pope's army; and those of Franklin and Sumner followed a day or two after. General McClellan remained at Alexandria till the close of the march. A brisk intercourse by telegraph was kept up between him and the commander-in-chief with reference to General Pope's movements and the defence of Washington; but no specific duty was assigned to him, and his brave army was by parcels detached from him, and sent to take part in movements in regard to which it is easy to see he had the gravest misgivings. Few experiences in life are more try
s as far out as Cooksville. On the 14th of September, Burnside and Sumner, each with two corps, were at South Mountain, Franklin's corps and his little army was in reality relieved by Generals Franklin's and Sumner's corps at Crampton's Gap, within seven miles of his position. The corps of Generals Franklin and Sumner were a part of the army which I at that time had the honor to command, and they were acting under my e enemy's left with the corps of Hooker and Mansfield, supported by Sumner's, and, if necessary, by Franklin's; and, in case of success at thinted with pain, was obliged to leave the field. At this time General Sumner's corps reached this portion of the field, and became hotly engo reinforce our troops on that wing; but, after conference with General Sumner, the order was countermanded while in the course of execution. rom hunger. They required rest and refreshment. One division of Sumner's and all of Hooker's corps, on the right, after fighting valiantly
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not live in history, their actions, loyalty, and courage will live. Their memories will long be preserved in their regiments; for there were many of them who merited as proud a distinction as that accorded to the first grenadier of France, or to that Russian soldier who gave his life for his comrades. But there is another class of men who have gone from us since this war commenced, whose fate it was not to die in battle, but who are none the less entitled to be mentioned here. There was Sumner, a brave, honest, chivalrous veteran, of more than half a century's service, who had confronted death unflinchingly on scores of battlefields, had shown his gray head serene and cheerful where death most revelled, who more than once told me that he believed and hoped that his long career would end amid the din of battle: he died at home from the effects of the hardships of his campaigns. That most excellent soldier, the elegant C. F. Smith, whom many of us remember to have seen so often o