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Jamestown Island (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
eel one ear tingle occasionally! . . . You need not dread any engagement at present. The powers won't let me go after the enemy, and I am quite sure they won't be kind enough to come after me. It is scarcely possible that we can have anything more than a mere affair of rear-guards. I don't think now that will occur; so make your mind quite easy . . . . Cherrystone inlet, Aug. 14, 2 A. M. Left camp yesterday morning at seven o'clock in a gunboat to go to the telegraph-station at Jamestown island, so that I could talk with Halleck with less loss of time. On arriving there I found that the wires were not working through, and went straight on to Fortress Monroe, arriving there about 8.30 P. M. There I ascertained that the cable to this place was broken, so I took a steamer and came over here, arriving at eleven P. M. Halleck came to the Washington office about one and a half or two hours ago; I have sent him several telegrams, and his first reply is just arriving in cipher. I pr
Hudson, N. Y. (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
of me. I shall be only too happy to get back to quiet life again; for I am truly and heartily sick of the troubles I have had, and am not fond of being a target for the abuse and slander of all the rascals in the country. Well, we will continue to trust in God and feel certain that all is for the best. It is often difficult to understand the ways of Providence; but I have faith enough to believe that nothing is done without some great purpose . . . . Aug. 23, 9.30 P. M., steamer City of Hudson. I am off at last and on the way to Acquia. We are pounding along up the Potomac now, and, as the boat is a fast one, are passing everything we find. . . . We will reach Acquia some time after midnight. Early in the morning I will telegraph to Halleck informing him of my arrival and asking for orders. I have no idea what they will be, nor do I know what has been happening on the Rappahannock yesterday and to-day. I take it for granted that my orders will be as disagreeable as it is p
Cherrystone Inlet (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
ering the poor Ship of State, and I fear they will be wrecked ere long. . . . If they do read our letters in Washington they must feel one ear tingle occasionally! . . . You need not dread any engagement at present. The powers won't let me go after the enemy, and I am quite sure they won't be kind enough to come after me. It is scarcely possible that we can have anything more than a mere affair of rear-guards. I don't think now that will occur; so make your mind quite easy . . . . Cherrystone inlet, Aug. 14, 2 A. M. Left camp yesterday morning at seven o'clock in a gunboat to go to the telegraph-station at Jamestown island, so that I could talk with Halleck with less loss of time. On arriving there I found that the wires were not working through, and went straight on to Fortress Monroe, arriving there about 8.30 P. M. There I ascertained that the cable to this place was broken, so I took a steamer and came over here, arriving at eleven P. M. Halleck came to the Washington of
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 27
acted magnificently. I thank my friends in Washington for our repulse. June 29, 3 P. M., in thean for many months. Your father returned to Washington two days ago. July 12. I am sure that further changes. I can get no replies from Washington to any of my despatches. Burnside and his taved the Army I owed no thanks to any one in Washington, and that he had done his best to sacrifice chief. I have information this evening from Washington, from private sources, which seems to render 10.30 P. M. . . . Nothing to-night from Washington, so that I am yet completely in the dark as ave just been discussing (another) people in Washington, and conclude that they are a mighty trifliny from here is that it cannot possibly reach Washington in time to do any good, but will necessarily. I think they are all pretty well scared in Washington, and probably with good reason. I am confidten, in which case they will want me to save Washington again. Nothing but their fears will induce [19 more...]
Jamestown (Virginia) (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
and confess that I am very tired and very much disgusted. I fear that I am very mad, and think I have a perfect right to be so . . . Every day convinces me more and more that it is the intention of Halleck and the government to drive me off, and I begin to feel that I cannot preserve my self-respect and remain in the service much longer. I think the crisis will soon arrive . . . Berkley, Aug. 14. Returned about noon. On my way down I stopped at the site of the old settlement of Jamestown. There is nothing left of it but the brick tower of the church and the churchyard. The oldest tombstone I could decipher was of 1698. I saw one of a poor young wife, only sixteen years and eleven months. I plucked a couple of poor little flowers from the site of the church and enclose them in this, only to show you that you are sometimes in my thoughts. . . . Porter's corps starts this evening, Franklin in the morning, the remaining three to-morrow and next day. Headquarters will remain
Alexandria (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
be brought over to-night, I think; though, so far as they are concerned individually, I would much prefer that secesh should capture them all. I have made a remarkably successful retreat; left absolutely nothing behind. Secesh can't find one dollar's worth of property if he hunts a year for it. I have not seen the enemy since we started, and I rather doubt whether he knows where we are now. . . . It will take a long time to embark this army and have it ready for action on the banks of the Potomac. . . . The men all know that I am not responsible. I have remained constantly with the rear-guard; was the very last one to leave our camp at Berkley; remained on the Chickahominy until the bridge was removed, and still have the proud satisfaction of hearing the cheers of the men as I pass, seeing their faces brighten up. . . . Strange as it may seem, they have not, I think, lost one particle of confidence in me, and love me just as much as ever. Pleasonton has done splendidly. I placed
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
ents for some time. Even Burnside's men are halted at Fortress Monroe by order of the President. His excellency was here yeill not be over 12,000. Burnside has 8,000 (about) at Fortress Monroe, where he was detained by order of the President. He eld all further reinforcements. Burnside is halted at Fortress Monroe. With his own troops and those of Hunter he can bringd expect to keep at it until I get this army away from Fortress Monroe, unless my head is chopped off in the meantime — a cirires were not working through, and went straight on to Fortress Monroe, arriving there about 8.30 P. M. There I ascertained tcarry it out. I shall, of course, conduct the march to Fortress Monroe and attend to the embarkation thence; my mind is prettwn. If all is then quiet I will go thence by water to Fortress Monroe and complete the arrangements for embarking. . . . I tI have done it without demoralizing the army. . . . Fortress Monroe, Aug. 20 A. M. Arrived here yesterday afternoon.
Berkley (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
ers at Williamsburg to-morrow evening; next day at Yorktown. If all is then quiet I will go thence by water to Fortress Monroe and complete the arrangements for embarking. . . . I took a savage satisfaction in being the last to leave my camp at Berkley yesterday! . . . Aug. 18 P. M., Williamsburg. . . . Am pretty well tired out, for I have been much in the saddle lately, besides having slept very little. . . . I crossed the Chickahominy yesterday and remained there to-day until all the t It will take a long time to embark this army and have it ready for action on the banks of the Potomac. . . . The men all know that I am not responsible. I have remained constantly with the rear-guard; was the very last one to leave our camp at Berkley; remained on the Chickahominy until the bridge was removed, and still have the proud satisfaction of hearing the cheers of the men as I pass, seeing their faces brighten up. . . . Strange as it may seem, they have not, I think, lost one particle
Williamsburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
that all the troops in Virginia are to be placed under my command. Burnside came down to assure me from Halleck that he (H.) is really my friend--qu'il soit! . . . I hope to get everything over to-night, and will be at my old headquarters at Williamsburg to-morrow evening; next day at Yorktown. If all is then quiet I will go thence by water to Fortress Monroe and complete the arrangements for embarking. . . . I took a savage satisfaction in being the last to leave my camp at Berkley yesterday! . . . Aug. 18 P. M., Williamsburg. . . . Am pretty well tired out, for I have been much in the saddle lately, besides having slept very little. . . . I crossed the Chickahominy yesterday and remained there to-day until all the troops had crossed and moved several miles in advance. When I left, the bridge was taken up and nothing but a few worthless stragglers left behind. They will all be brought over to-night, I think; though, so far as they are concerned individually, I would much pr
Quaker (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
I get some clothes to wear, for it will not do for me to appear in uniform. 8 P. M. Just received a telegram from Halleck stating that Pope and Burnside are very hard pressed, urging me to push forward reinforcements and to come myself as soon as I possibly can! I am going to the Fortress now to hurry on my arrangements; shall put headquarters on board a vessel to-morrow morning, and probably go myself in a fast boat to-morrow afternoon. Now they are in trouble they seem to want the Quaker, the procrastinator, the coward, and the traitor ! Bien, my ambulance is ready and I must go. Aug. 22, 10 A. M.--. . . I did not get back from the Fort until some time after midnight, and too tired to write. . . . I shall go to the Fort pretty soon, and as soon as the tents are dry move everything on board the vessels, so that I shall be ready to start at a moment's notice. I have two corps off and away. . . . I think they are all pretty well scared in Washington, and probably with good
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