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Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume I. 30 0 Browse Search
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e. Every effort should, however, be made to organize, equip, and arm as many troops as possible in Western Virginia, in order to render the Ohio and Indiana regiments available for other operations. At as early a day as practicable it would be well to protect and reopen the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Baltimore and Fort Monroe should be occupied by garrisons sufficient to retain them in our possession. The importance of Harper's Ferry and the line of the Potomac in the direction of Leesburg will be very materially diminished so soon as our force in this vicinity becomes organized, strong, and efficient, because no capable general will cross the river north of this city when we have a strong army here ready to cut off his retreat. To revert to the West, it is probable that no very large additions to the troops now in Missouri will be necessary to secure that State. I presume that the force required for the movement down the Mississippi will be determined by its commander
t his retirement, but not in favor of Halleck. . . . The enemy have fallen back on Manassas, probably to draw me into the old error. I hope to make them abandon Leesburg to-morrow. Oct. 20 or 21. . . . I yesterday advanced a division to Dranesville, some ten miles beyond its old place, and feel obliged to take advantage to Centreville and Manassas, expecting us to attack there. My object in moving to Dranesville yesterday and remaining there to-day was to force them to evacuate Leesburg, which I think they did last night. Oct. 24. Have ridden more than forty miles to-day, and have been perfectly run down ever since I returned. Oct. 25.iness! Care after care, blunder after blunder, trick upon trick. I am well-nigh tired of the world, and, were it not for you, would be fully so. That affair of Leesburg on Monday last was a horrible butchery. The men fought nobly, but were penned up by a vastly superior force in a place where they had no retreat. The whole thi
y were entrenching between Conrad's Ferry and Leesburg, about one mile from the town. In the morninan officer over the river within two miles of Leesburg the same evening, and that he should push theelegraphs that the enemy have moved away from Leesburg. All quiet here. R. M. Copeland, Assist. Adsires that you will keep a good look-out upon Leesburg, to see if this movement has the effect to dre the effect of inducing the enemy to abandon Leesburg, and the despatch from Sugar Loaf appearing tto Edward's Ferry, and from Edward's Ferry to Leesburg; also a road from opposite Seneca to the LeesLeesburg road. The mounted men will be held in readiness. Firing pretty heavy on our right. . . . C. P, all supposing that I intended to advance on Leesburg. My object was not to discourage the commandf the enemy had been ordered from Manassas to Leesburg to cut off our troops on the Virginia side. e vicinity of Washington, either to march via Leesburg or to move by rail to Harper's Ferry, should [3 more...]
beyond our reach we should be entirely helpless. Apprehensions of something like this, and no unwillingness to sustain you, has always been my reason for withholding McDowell's forces from you. Please understand this, and do the best you can with the forces you have. A. Lincoln, President. On the 25th the following was also received: The enemy is moving north in sufficient force to drive Gen. Banks before him; precisely in what force we cannot tell. He is also threatening Leesburg, and Geary on the Manassas Gap Railroad, from both north and south; in precisely what force we cannot tell. I think the movement is a general and concerted one, such as would not be if he was acting upon the purpose of a very desperate defence of Richmond. I think the time is near when you must either attack Richmond or give up the job and come to the defence of Washington. Let me hear from you instantly. A. Lincoln, President. To which I replied as follows: Telegram received.
t I had stated to Mr. Seward. Halleck received my statement with ill-concealed contempt; said that everything was all right as it was; that my views were entirely erroneous, etc., and soon bowed us out, leaving matters at Harper's Ferry precisely as they were. On Sept. 5 the 2d and 12th corps were moved to Rockville, and Couch's division (the only one of the 4th corps that had been brought from the Peninsula) to Offutt's cross-roads. On the 6th the 1st and 9th corps were ordered to Leesburg; the 6th corps and Sykes's division of the 5th corps to Tennallytown. On the 7th the 6th corps was advanced to Rockville, to which place my headquarters were moved on the same day. All the necessary arrangements for the defence of the city under the new condition of things had been made, and Gen. Banks was left in command, having received his instructions from me. As the time had now arrived for the army to advance, and I had received no orders to take command of it, but had been e
want now a little breathing-time to get them rested and in good order for fighting. Most of them will do well now; a few days will confirm this still further, increase my cavalry force, and put me in better condition generally. I think my present positions will check the advance into Pennsylvania and give me time to get some reinforcements that I need very much. . . . I have this moment learned that, in addition to the force on this side of the river, the enemy has also a large force near Leesburg, so McC. has a difficult game to play, but will do his best and try to do his duty. Sept. 11, camp near Rockville. . . . I have just time before starting to say good-by. . . I am quite tired this morning, as I did not get back from a ride to Burnside's until three A. M.; the night before I was at the telegraph office sending and receiving despatches until the same hour, and how it will be to-night is more than I can tell . . . . Sept. 12, 3 P. M., camp near Urbana. As our wagons
rossed at Berlin, and Pleasonton's cavalry advanced to Purcellville. The concentration of the 6th corps, delayed somewhat by intelligence as to the movements of the enemy near Hedgesville, etc., was commenced on this day, and the 1st corps was already in motion for Berlin. On the 28th the 1st corps and the general headquarters reached Berlin. On the 29th the reserve artillery crossed and encamped near Lovettsville. Stoneman's division, temporarily attached to the 9th corps, occupied Leesburg; Averill's cavalry brigade moved towards Berlin from Hagerstown; two divisions of the 9th corps moved to Wheatland, and one to Waterford. The 2d corps commenced the passage of the Shenandoah at Harper's Ferry, and moved into the valley east of Loudon Heights. On the 30th the 1st corps crossed at Berlin and encamped near Lovettsville, and the 2d corps completed the passage of the Shenandoah. The 5th corps commenced its march from Sharpsburg to Harper's Ferry. On the 31st the 2d corps
7, 609, death 613. Kirby, Capt., 381. Kirkland, Capt. J., 122, 123. Klapka, Gen. G., offers service, 143. Knapp, Capt., 591, 592. Lander, Gen. F. W., 81, 187, 190, death 191 . Langner, Capt., 589. Lansing, Col., 370. Le Compte, Maj. F., 123. Lee, Gen., Fitz-Hugh, 514. 526. Lee, Col., Raymond, at Ball's Bluff, 171, 189, 190; Fair Oaks, 381. Lee, Gen., Robert, in Peninsula, 240, 482; Pope's campaign, 518, 531 ; in Maryland, 556, 557, 573, 624, 643, 660 ; lost order, 573. Leesburg,Va., 170, 171, 181-190, 550. Lee's Mill, Va., 260, 261, 263, 272, 274, 284, 285, 287, 320-323. Le Fort, Capt.-see Chartres. Letterman, Dr., 126, 128. Letters and despatches. Washington, 1861-2 : McClellan's Memorandum, 2d .4ug., 101. To Lincoln, 22d Oct., ‘61, 187 ; 28th Feb., ‘62 195. To Halleck, 11th Nov.,‘61 207 ; 2d Mar., ‘61, 216. To Stanton, 3d Feb., ‘62 229 ; 28th Feb., ‘62. 194; 9th Mar., ‘62, 223. 224. To Cameron, 6th Sept., ‘61, 205 ; 8th Sept., ‘61, 106.