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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 1: effect of the battle of Bull's Run.--reorganization of the Army of the Potomac.--Congress, and the council of the conspirators.--East Tennessee. (search)
moned to Washington on the day after the Battle of Bull's Run, July 22, 1861. and, with the approbation of the people, who were loudly sounding his praises, he was placed in command of the shattered army at and near the seat of Government. General McDowell, like a true soldier, gracefully withdrew, and on the 25th of July, the Adjutant-General announced the creation of a Geographical Division, formed of the Departments of Washington and of Northeastern Virginia, under the young chieftain, withom, as we have observed, See page 557, volume I. Davis had already sent a threatening letter to the President, to which no reply was given. This letter was taken by Captain Thomas H. Taylor, with a flag of truce, to the Headquarters of General McDowell, at Arlington House, when the bearer was conducted to the quarters of General Scott, in Washington City, where the letter was delivered. Under the provisions of that act, Colonel Corcoran and other officers were closely confined as hostages,
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
nassas, as quickly as possible, and march triumphantly on the Confederate capital. Mr. Swinton, in his History of the Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac (note on page 69), says: Though General McClellan used to keep his own counsel, yet General McDowell tells me he was wont, in their rides over the country south of the Potomac, to point toward the flank of Manassas, and say, We shall strike them there. But the retirement of Lieutenant-General Scott from the chief command of the National nt, in Maryland, nearly opposite Acquia Creek. The different divisions were posted as follows: Hooker at Budd's Ferry, Lower Potomac; Heintzelman at Fort Lyon and vicinity; Franklin near the Theological Seminary; Blenker near Hunter's Chapel; McDowell at Upton's Hill and Arlington; F. J. Porter at Hall's and Miner's Hills; Smith at Mackall's Hill; McCall at Langley; Buell at Tenallytown, Meridian Hill, Emory's Chapel, &c., on the left bank of the river; Casey at Washington; Stoneman's cavalry
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 10: General Mitchel's invasion of Alabama.--the battles of Shiloh. (search)
ninth, and Seventy-seventh Ohio, and Fifty-third Illinois; Colonel Buckland's brigade, composed of the Forty-eighth, Seventieth, and Seventy-second Ohio; and Colonel McDowell's brigade, composed of the Sixth Iowa, Fortieth Illinois, and Forty-sixth Ohio. and glancing off from that commander's skillful foil, fell with crushing forcof comparatively raw troops, was driven from its camp almost without a struggle, for a panic seized some of the companies at the first onslaught. Buckland's and McDowell's had just time to fly to arms and form in battle order, when they, too, were attacked by the brigades of Pond and Anderson, of Ruggles's division, with a heavy assault, and escaping with only the hurt of a bullet passing through his hand. He tried in vain to rally Hildebrand's brigade, but he kept those of Buckland and McDowell steady for some time, while Taylor's heavy guns did admirable execution. These, heavily pressed, were soon compelled to fall back to an eminence across a ravine
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 14: movements of the Army of the Potomac.--the Monitor and Merrimack. (search)
lly, on the 10th of January, he summoned Generals McDowell and Franklin to a conference with himselHe must talk to somebody, and he had sent for McDowell and Franklin to obtain a military opinion as Quartermaster-General Meigs (who agreed with McDowell), Colonel Kingsbury, the Chief of Ordnance ofs Cabinet on the same evening, Jan. 11. when McDowell and Franklin, being in general agreement as the President, I will adjourn this meeting. McDowell's Notes. A few days after this conferenceers Generals Keyes, Sumner, Heintzelman, and McDowell. Apprehending, because of some indications, te force was inadequate, the army corps of General McDowell was detached from McClellan's immediate c He urgently requested Franklin's division of McDowell's corps to be sent to him, and it was done. lected, and that was the reason for detaining McDowell. There is a curious mystery about the numberd. He afterwards complained that the lack of McDowell's corps to perform the work he had promised t[7 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 15: the Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. (search)
Valley, with about sixteen thousand; and General McDowell was at Fredericksburg, on the Rappahannocnse of Richmond, Washington was relieved, and McDowell's corps was ordered forward to co-operate wite capture of Washington, had not the corps of McDowell been left for its defense. when he was startlly from Harrisonburg. So he hastened back to McDowell, recrossed the Shenandoah mountains to Lebano that direction, if he should attempt to join McDowell by way of the Manassas Gap railroad. Ashbyas we have observed, had been ordered to join McDowell in a movement toward Richmond, to co-operate with McClellan. He reached McDowell's camp with eleven thousand men on the day of the battle of Windent and Secretary of War arrived there, when McDowell, whose army was then forty-one thousand strononal capital seemed to be in great peril, and McDowell was ordered to push twenty thousand men into in at Strasburg in time to head off Jackson. McDowell obeyed, but with a heavy heart, for, he said,[2 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
the necessity of countermanding the order for McDowell to move on from Fredericksburg to join him, ar, so long as the Confederate force that kept McDowell back was withheld from Richmond, McClellan way as strong in power to fight his enemy as if McDowell was with him, and Jackson and Ewell were confhe Shenandoah or Rappahannock. The fact that McDowell could not then re-enforce him, imposed upon Menaced right flank, and keep the way open for McDowell to join him. This detachment moved by way of thousand troops, no one could doubt. Neither McDowell, who is at Manassas, nor Banks and Fremont, wwere made for sending to him the remainder of McDowell's corps, that officer being directed to co-ops of that co-operation, which was simply that McDowell should retain an independent command, were soe ambition on the part of a brother officer. McDowell had politely telegraphed to him his desire toces as these under which I am now placed, General McDowell should wish the general interest to be sa[6 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 17: Pope's campaign in Virginia. (search)
C. S. Winder. At dusk, Ricketts' division of McDowell's corps arrived on the field, and took positioroughfare and Manassas Gaps, he sent word to McDowell at Warrenton, that he believed the whole forcs at his command. He ordered Aug. 27, 1862. McDowell with Sigel and Reynolds, to hasten to Gainesvcted the impending battle would be fought. McDowell's movement was successfully accomplished withmight bag the whole crowd Pope's order to McDowell, Aug. 27, 1862. at Manassas Junction. For thform a junction with Longstreet. He directed McDowell and King to maintain their positions at all hven back nearly a mile. King's division of McDowell's corps had come into action about sunset, anvement in that direction. To meet this peril McDowell ordered Reynolds to leave Porter's left, and he rear of Reno; Franklin to take position on McDowell's left and rear; and Sigel and Porter to unitSmith, Robert R. Bridgers, Owen R. Keenan, T. D. McDowell, Thomas S. Ashe, Arch. H. Arrington, Rober[15 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 18: Lee's invasion of Maryland, and his retreat toward Richmond. (search)
and Ohio railway. The right wing was composed of the First and Ninth Corps, under General Burnside; the center, of the Second and Twelfth Corps, under General Sumner, and the left, of the Sixth Corps, under General Franklin. The First Corps (McDowell's) was placed under General Hooker; the Ninth, of Burnside's command, was under General Reno; the Twelfth was Banks's, which was now under General Mansfield, who had not before taken the field. Porter's corps remained in Washington until the 12were destroyed, but the stream was fordable just above Falmouth. Summer's Headquarters. The town was occupied by a regiment of Virginia cavalry and Barksdale's Mississippi brigade of sharp-shooters, their leader making his quarters where McDowell had made his, in the fine brick building of the Farmers' Bank, corner of George and Princess Streets. The city and those heights might then have been easily taken, but Burnside thought it best not to do so until his communications with Aquia Cr
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 20: events West of the Mississippi and in Middle Tennessee. (search)
mpbellsville. A counter-raid was made at about this time, by a National force under Brigadier-General S. P. Carter, the object being the destruction of important railway bridges on the East Tennessee and Virginia railway, which connected Bragg's army with the Confederate forces in Virginia. Carter started from Winchester, in Kentucky, on the 20th of December, and crossed the mountains to Blountsville, in East Tennessee, where he captured one hundred and fifty North Carolinians, under Major McDowell, with seven hundred small arms, and a considerable amount of stores. He destroyed the great bridge, seven hundred and twenty feet long, that spanned the Holston there. He then pushed on toward Jonesboroa, and destroyed a railway bridge over the Watauga, at Clinch's Station, where, in a skirmish, he captured seventy-five men. He menaced Bristol, but went no farther east at that time. Then he recrossed the mountains and returned to Winchester, after a ride of seven hundred miles, having