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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Antietam, battle of. (search)
ee on Antietam Greek. When the Confederates left South Mountain, McClellan's troops followed them. Lee's plans were thwarted, and he found himself compelled to fight. McClellan was very cautious, for he believed the Confederates were on his front in overwhelming numbers. It was ascertained that Lee's army did not number more than 60,000, McClellan's effective force was 87,000. McClellan's army was well in hand (SepMcClellan's army was well in hand (Sept. 16), and Lee's was well posted on the heights near Sharpsburg, on the western side of Antietam Creek, a sluggish stream with few fords, spl corps, under Major Myer, was on a spur of South Mountain. As McClellan prudently hesitated to attack, the Confederates put him on the dede of the stream, as a reserve, until late in the afternoon, when McClellan sent over some brigades. On the morning of the 17th the left, e known as the Battle of Antietam. The losses were very severe. McClellan reported his losses at 12,460 men, of whom 2,010 were killed. He
the day after the battle of Bull Run (q. v.), General McClellan, then in western Virginia, was summoned to Wasginia were created and placed under the command of McClellan. The Department of the Shenandoah was also createcommand of it, relieving Major-General Patterson. McClellan turned over the command of the troops in western Vt was called the Grand army of the Potomac. General McClellan left Washington for Fort Monroe, April 1, 1862 that falls into the James. In front of this line McClellan's continually augmenting army remained a month, enpped and held in check over 100,000 of the enemy. McClellan now began those approaches towards Richmond which stated in command. Burnside was recommending that McClellan should be competent to issue the order for such diely, by Generals McDowell, Banks, and Sigel. When McClellan had retreated to Harrison's Landing and the Confedichmond from the north as a diversion in favor of McClellan. When General Grant began his march against Ric
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Ball's Bluff, battle at. (search)
e of the upper Potomac, while the left wing of the Confederate army, under General Evans, lay at Leesburg, in Virginia. Misinformation had caused a belief that the Confederates had left Leesburg at a little past the middle of October, when General McClellan ordered General McCall, who commanded the advance of the right of the National forces in Virginia, to move forward and occupy Drainesville. At the same time he ordered General Stone to co-operate with General McCall, which he did by Map tionary powers to reinforce the party on the Virginia main or to withdraw all the troops to the Maryland side of the river. He concluded to go forward, supposing the forces of McCall and others to be near. He was ignorant of the fact that General McClellan had ordered McCall to fall back from Drainesville. On reaching the field of conflict, Baker took the chief command of all the forces on the Bluff, about 1,700 strong. Very soon afterwards, while he was in the thickest of the fight encou
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Blockade. (search)
one of his cannon, he was mortally wounded in the abdomen by a Minie bullet from the shore. He lived only forty-five minutes. His was the only life lost on the Union side on that occasion. Captain Ward was the first naval officer killed during the war. His body was conveyed to the navy-yard at Brooklyn, where, on the North Carolina, it lay in state, and was then taken to Hartford, where imposing funeral ceremonies were performed in the Roman Catholic cathedral. In September, 1861, General McClellan was ordered to co-operate with the naval force on the Potomac River in removing the blockade, but he failed to do so; and it was kept up until the Confederates voluntarily abandoned their position in front of Washington in 1862. See Charleston, S. C.; Mobile, Ala.; Savannah, Ga.; Wilmington, N. C. On April 22, 1898, President McKinley proclaimed a blockade of all ports on the north coast of Cuba, between Cardenas and Bahia Honda (Havana being about midway between the two), and of t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Buford, John, 1825- (search)
Buford, John, 1825- Military officer; born in Kentucky in 1825; was graduated at West Point in 1848; became captain in 1859; and inspector-general, with the rank of major, November, 1861. He commanded a brigade of cavalry under General Hooker, and was so severely wounded near the Rappahannock (August, 1862) that he was reported dead. In the battle of Antietam he was on General McClellan's staff. He was conspicuous in many engagements while in command of the reserve cavalry brigade, and he began the battle of Gettysburg (q. v.). He was chief of Burnside's cavalry, and was assigned to the command of the Army of the Cumberland just before his death in Washington, D. C., Dec. 16, 1863.--His half-brother, Napoleon Bonaparte Buford (born in Woodford county, Ky., Jan. 13, 1807), was also graduated at West Point, and entered the artillery. He was a pupil in the Law School of Harvard University; Professor of Natural Philosophy at West Point; but retired to civil pursuits in 1835. Eng
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Bull Run, battles of. (search)
called the battle of Groveton (q. v.). On the morning after the battle at Groveton, Pope's army was greatly reduced. It had failed to prevent the unity of Lee's army, and prudence dictated its immediate flight across Bull Run, and even to the defences of Washington. But Pope determined to resume the battle the next morning. He had received no reinforcements or supplies since the 26th, and had no positive assurance that any would be sent. He confidently expected rations and forage from McClellan at Alexandria (a short distance away), who was to supply them; and it was not until the morning of the 30th (August, 1862), when it was too late to retreat and perilous to stand still, that he received information that rations and forage would be sent as soon as he (Pope) should send a cavalry escort for the train — a thing impossible. He had no alternative but to fight. Both commanders had made dispositions for attack in the morning. Lee's movements gave Pope the impression that the Co
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881 (search)
rt. He was called to Virginia after the close of the campaign on the Peninsula, and was active and skilful as a corps commander in many of the most important military events of the war. General Burnside served in the campaign in Maryland under McClellan, and was in the battles at South Mountain and Antietam. On Nov. 7, 1862, he superseded McClellan in command of the Army of the Potomac. Failing of success in his attack upon Lee at Fredericksburg (December, 1862), he resigned, and was succeedMcClellan in command of the Army of the Potomac. Failing of success in his attack upon Lee at Fredericksburg (December, 1862), he resigned, and was succeeded by General Hooker in January, 1863. Assigned to the command of the Department of the Ohio in May, he was active there in suppressing the disloyal elements in that region. In the fall he freed eastern Tennessee of Confederate domination, where he fought Longstreet. He was in command of his old corps (the 9th) in Grant's campaign against Richmond in 1864-65, where he performed important work. He resigned April 15, 1865. In 1866 he was elected governor of Rhode Island, and was twice re-ele
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Butterfield, Daniel, 1831- (search)
Butterfield, Daniel, 1831- Military officer; born in Utica, N. Y., Oct. 31, 1831; graduated at Union College in 1849; became brigadier-general of volunteers soon Daniel Butterfield. after the breaking out of the Civil War, and took part in campaigns under Generals McClellan. Burnside, Hooker, and Pope. He was Hooker's chief-of-staff at the battle of Lookout Mountain. At the close of the war he was brevetted major-general for gallant and meritorious service. and was for some years head of the sub-treasury in New York City.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Carricksford, battle of. (search)
Carricksford, battle of. In July, 1861, after the battle on rich Mountain (q. v.), the Confederates under Pegram, threatened by McClellan, stole away to Garnett's camp, when the united forces hastened to Carricksford, on a branch of the Cheat River, pursued by the Nationals. After crossing that stream, Garnett made a stand. He was attacked by Ohio and Indiana troops. After a short engagement, the Confederates fled. While Garnett was trying to rally them, he was shot dead. The Confederates fled to the mountains, and were pursued about 2 miles.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
e Paris and Due de Chartres entered the United States service as aides to General McClellan.— Oct. 11. Marshal Kane, of Baltimore, sent to Fort Lafayette.—15. Three expedition.—10. Confederate troops from Texas occupy Santa Fe, N. M.—11. General McClellan relieved of the supreme command of the army, and made commander of the Arerates defeated. Skirmish near Jackson, Tenn.; Confederates defeated.—2. General McClellan placed in command of the defences of, and troops for the defence of, Wash on account of the Emancipation Proclamation.—Oct. 1. General Halleck sent to McClellan, urging him to cross the Potomac and attack the Confederates. National soldierates attacked Nashville and were repulsed. General Burnside superseded General McClellan in command of the Army of the Potomac.—9. Town of St. Mary, Ga., shelled tin-clad gunboats and seven transports belonging to the Nationals.—8. Gen. George B. McClellan resigns his commission in the National army. A flag-of-truce
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