across the James, and took up its position in the neighborhood of City Point — a district already in the possession of Federal forces, which had advanced up the river under Butler.
The loss of the Union Army, from the time it crossed the Rapidan 122,000 strong until it reached the James, was within a few men of 55,000, which was almost equal to Lee's whole force in the Wilderness.
The Confederate loss is unknown, but it was certainly very much smaller.
J. F. Rhodes, History of the United States, IV, 40, 447.]
Headquarters Army of Potomac Sunday evening, May 22, 1864
Gen. Meade said to me at breakfast: I am afraid the rebellion cannot be crushed this summer! --Lyman's Journal.
I don't know when I have felt so peaceful — everything goes by contrast.
We are camped, this lovely evening, in a great clover field, close to a large, old-fashioned house, built of bricks brought from England in ante-revolutionary times.
The band is playing Ever of Thee I'm Fondly Dreaming --so tru
ike the 2d, 20th, and 24th Massachusetts, and the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry.
Even the 44th and the 45th, nine-monthers, behaved with credit; though there was this drawback in them, that the privates were too familiar with the officers, having known them before.
However, perfection does not exist anywhere, and we should be thankful for the manifold virtues our soldiers do pre-eminently possess.
I see much to make me more contented in reading Napier, before referred to. After the taking of Badajos, the English allowed their own wounded to lie two days in the breach, without an attempt to carry them off.. This is the nation that now gives us very good lectures on humanity.
As to old Wellington, I suspect he was about as savage an old brute as would be easy to find.
August 8, 1864
What do you think of filling up with Germans?
you ask. Now, what do you think of a man who has the toothache — a werry, werry big molar!--and who has not the courage to march up and have it out, but tri