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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—Maryland. (search)
k cannonade, with intermittent volleys of musketry; the moment for resuming the offensive had not yet come. In fact, the whole Confederate army was just then taking its positions. Lee had arrived at ten o'clock in the morning with Longstreet's heads of column, about the same time that Kearny was getting into line on the other side. The hour of Longstreet's arrival was the subject of violent controversies; but we are of opinion that this question has been set at rest without appeal by Mr. Swinton's critical investigation of it. (Army of the Potomac, p. 186). At noon Longstreet's rear-guard reached the field of battle, and the whole Confederate army was united. It was at this hour also that Pope, who had until then remained at Centreville, made his appearance on the scene of action. The hamlet of Groveton is situated a little east of the turnpike and Young's Branch, which has already been mentioned in the narrative of the battle of Bull Run. Jackson's right rested on a hill in t
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VI:—Virginia. (search)
ere it not that it has brought out the true details, which are not without interest. In a letter to the Chicago Tribune of September 4, 1875, General Buckingham takes exception to the author's account, both as to the facts, and as to the statement that he was an officer unknown to the army of the Potomac. With regard to the facts, Colonel John P. Nicholson writes to the Philadelphia Times under date of September 18, 1875, showing that the Comte de Paris had taken the details from Hurlbut, Swinton and Lossing, authorities unchallenged on this point for years past. The following is General Buckingham's account: I was at that time on special duty at the War Department, my office being adjoining the Secretary's private room. On the evening of the 6th of November, about ten o'clock, the Secretary sent for me to come to his office, where I found him with General Halleck. He told me that he wanted me to go and find the headquarters of the army of the Potomac, and spent some time i
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), chapter 8 (search)
part played by Burnside at the battle of Antietam has been the subject of a long and heated discussion in the North. General Mc-Clellan in his excellent report has severely, but without bitterness criticised the insufficiency of his lieutenant's attack upon the right wing of the Confederates in the early part of the day. He particularly censures him for having kept his army corps inactive, which might have been employed elsewhere if the passage of the river had been found impracticable. Mr. Swinton goes still farther, and accuses Burnside of having through his inaction prevented McClellan from driving the enemy's army into the Potomac. The biographer of Burnside, Mr. Woodbury, has replied to these accusations with great warmth, blaming McClellan, on the other hand, for not having ordered Porter to make the same effort that he had exacted from the Ninth corps. He seeks to justify Burnside for not having crossed the Antietam before two o'clock by showing the heavy losses experienced
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