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Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories 1,756 1,640 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore) 979 67 Browse Search
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of the war and its results reflected the highest honor upon the courage of the American army, both regulars and volunteers, as well as upon the skill and accomplishments of our officers. Not that there were not grave errors committed, both at Washington and in the field; not that the volunteers did not sometimes show the infirmities of raw troops; but these shadows in the picture were as nothing to its lights. The whole campaign was especially remarkable for the brilliant, dashing, and recklebut they were not crowned with success. It may be surmised that the influence of France and England, exerted through their representatives, may have prevented it. After returning home from 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 vol
was the only one who had seen actual service in the field. The exact nature of the duties assigned to the commission may be learned from the letter of the Secretary of War, the essential parts of which are as follows:-- War Department, Washington, April 2, 1855. gentlemen:--You have been selected to form a commission to visit Europe, for the purpose of obtaining in formation with regard to the military service in general, and especially the practical working of the changes which haveay, the commission left Paris, intending to proceed to the Russian camp in the Crimea by the way of Prussia, starting first for Berlin, in order to confer with the Russian Minister in that city, Baron de Budberg, to whom the Russian Minister at Washington had given them a letter. Their object was to go from Berlin to the Crimea by the way of Warsaw and Kiev, on the Danube; and Baron de Budberg gave them passports and letters to Baron Krusentein, a Russian official at Warsaw. But on arriving at
his old rank in the army and the duty of organizing the Ohio volunteers assigned to him. To this request no answer was received: indeed, the communications with Washington were generally interrupted, and the several Governors were thus left to their own resources. Governor Dennison summoned Captain McClellan to Columbus; and hecClellan was preparing to take command there in person, when, on the 22d of July, he received orders to hand over his command to General Rosecrans and report at Washington, where a wider field awaited him. Thus ended the campaign in Western Virginia. It seems insignificant by the side of some of the bloody contests which have neral satisfaction with which, in the midst of the gloom created by the battle of Bull Run, the intelligence was received that General McClellan was summoned to Washington. In organizing the Western Army, General Me. Clellan's services were of great value. No preparations had been made beforehand for the struggle; and it is hi
When General McClellan assumed command in Washington, on the 27th of July, the whole number of trs had they been so disposed. The streets of Washington were crowded with straggling officers and dited for that purpose. Order was restored in Washington by a military police bureau, at the head of e necessary at the utmost for the defence of Washington. For the main army of operations I urge t grand aggregate of the forces in and around Washington was one hundred and fifty-two thousand and fthe Potomac was in the immediate vicinity of Washington, with detachments on the left bank of the ri the United States, with his Headquarters at Washington, and on the same day the new commander-in-ch Philadelphia, a deputation of which went to Washington and gave the sword to him in person, at his rmy as that which was encamped in and around Washington was a wholly new thing to us. We knew nothinavalry to the other arms, the defences about Washington, the number of men requisite to make it secu[2 more...]
be such as to delay the direct movement from Washington, with its unsatisfactory results and great rrom a point or points in the neighborhood of Washington, and the plan of the campaign was to be keptal McClellan in person, who had gone up from Washington for that purpose. Materials had been collec. 3d. The forces left for the defence of Washington will be placed in command of Brigadier-Genere enemy's batteries upon the Potomac between Washington and the Chesapeake Bay. Abraham Lincoln. L.th of March, trustworthy information came to Washington that the enemy was beginning to evacuate hisdent's War order, no. 3.) Executive Mansion, Washington, March 11, 1862. Major-General McClellan ition and line of communication. 2. Leave Washington entirely secure. 3. Move the remainder oy him amply adequate to insure the safety of Washington and to give everybody there an entire sense e loyal States the question of the safety of Washington was discussed, with abundant zeal and very l[32 more...]
free from apprehensions as to the safety of Washington! The concluding paragraphs are as follow:--because to the President's distempered fancy Washington was not safe unless it was covered by McDowe order was issued from the War Department at Washington for General Shields to move with his commandhat it was an apprehension for the safety of Washington that had thus far prevented the junction; ant the enemy, in great force, are marching on Washington. You will please organize and forward immedf course Jackson's command, were marching on Washington. This difference of opinion between two higern people. He had no more idea of going to Washington than of going to Boston: such a diversion of, indicating apprehensions for the safety of Washington, saying, I think the time is near when you mhe says that apprehensions for the safety of Washington, and nothing else, prevented McDowell's beinf the failure on the Peninsula. On quitting Washington, before having been deprived of a part of hi[15 more...]
works were delayed, and the labors and exposures of the men greatly increased, by the incessant rains. General McClellan's communications to the authorities at Washington show how he was tried and baffled by the obstinately bad weather. On the 4th of June he telegraphs to the President, Terrible rain-storm during the night and ms not a man to lose any time, and that, sooner or later, he would be a formidable element of danger on our right flank. His communications to the Government at Washington are full of earnest, almost passionate, entreaties for reinforcements, and in them he restates the reasons why he deems it important that his hands should be st had said, in a telegraphic message to the Secretary of War, If I save this army now, I tell you plainly that I owe no thanks to you, or to any other persons in Washington. You have done your best to sacrifice this army. That army he had saved; and the army was conscious of it. But there was nothing of triumph in his own mind; f
so his communications with the Government at Washington. He informs the President, in a despatch of made a visit to Harrison's Landing, leaving Washington on the 24th of July and returning on the 27ty to maintain a strict defensive in front of Washington and Harper's Ferry,--to those portions of th with elsewhere: here is the true defence of Washington; it is here, on the banks of the James, that Major-General. Major-General H. W. Halleck, Washington. The next day, at half-past 12, he sent Major-General. Major-General H. W. Halleck, Washington. To which the following reply was received:-- Washington, August 14, 1862, 1.40 A. M. I have read your despatch. There is no change to this despatch, the telegraph-operator in Washington informed him that General Halleck had taken n, Major-General. Major-General Halleck, Washington, D. C. As no reply was received to this com General Pope's movements and the defence of Washington; but no specific duty was assigned to him, a[4 more...]
to me. I am in charge of the defences of Washington, and am doing all I can to render your retre Major-General. General George B. McClellan, Washington. It need hardly be said that General McCre made as insured the successful defence of Washington against any attack on the south side of the , too precipitate not only for the safety of Washington, but also for the security of my left and rephed him that he was going too far, not from Washington, but from the Potomac, leaving General Lee tthe time, that my left, from the time I left Washington, always rested on the Potomac, and that my covered the communications with Baltimore and Washington on our right, and exposed our left and rear.stigate the circumstances. The court met in Washington on the 25th of September, and their report wof success. At that moment — Virginia lost, Washington menaced, Maryland invaded — the national cauowing day this despatch was received:-- Washington, September 20, 1862, 2 P. M. We are still[13 more...]<
d troops that could be dispensed with around Washington and other places, so that the old skeleton rIf you cross the river between the enemy and Washington, and cover the latter by your operations, yoad been duly made upon the War Department at Washington, but that in point of fact they had not beensupplies were put on board freight-trains at Washington to be forwarded to an army stationed at diffr against any officer, civil or military, at Washington. This distinctly appears by the following dmoving General McClellan, he addressed, from Washington, a circular letter to post-quartermasters, cf the Potomac, since the battles in front of Washington, to replace losses, (9254) nine thousand twojor-General H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief, Washington. On the same day General Halleck replieder 26, in which he says,-- Since you left Washington, I have advised and suggested in relation to2.War Department, Adjutant-General's office, Washington, November 5, 1862. By direction of the P[10 more...]
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