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M. C. Meigs (search for this): chapter 1.7
Sunday, May 25, 1862. Ordered: By virtue of the authority vested by an act of Congress, the President takes military possession of all the railroads in the United States from and after this date, and directs that the respective railroad companies, their officers and servants, shall hold themselves in readiness for the transportation of troops and munitions of war, as may be ordered by the military authorities, to the exclusion of all other business. By order of the Secretary of War: M. C. Meigs, Quartermaster-General. At the first moment of the alarm, the President of the United States issued the following order: Washington, May 24, 1862. Major-General McDowell. General Fremont has been ordered by telegraph to move to Franklin and Harrisonburg to relieve General Banks and capture or destroy Jackson's and Ewell's forces. You are instructed, laying aside for the present the movement on Richmond, to put twenty thousand men in motion at once for the Shenandoah, moving
John A. Andrew (search for this): chapter 1.7
ole active militia will be summoned by a general order, issued from the office of the adjutant-general, to report on Boston Common to-morrow. They will march to relieve and avenge their brethren and friends, and to oppose, with fierce zeal and courageous patriotism, the progress of the foe. May God encourage their hearts and strengthen their arms, and may he inspire the Government and all the people! Given at headquarters, Boston, eleven o'clock, this (Sunday) evening, May 25, 1862. John A. Andrew. The Governor of Ohio issued the following proclamation: Columbus, Ohio, May 26, 1862. To the gallant men of Ohio. I have the astounding intelligence that the seat of our beloved Government is threatened with invasion, and am called upon by the Secretary of War for troops to repel and overwhelm the ruthless invaders. Rally, then, men of Ohio, and respond to this call, as becomes those who appreciate our glorious Government! . . . The number wanted from each county has be
N. P. Banks (search for this): chapter 1.7
the enemy, under their commander in chief, General Banks, fled across the Potomac into Maryland. Twsand prisoners were taken in the pursuit. General Banks in his report says, There never were more capital. They have attacked and routed Major-General Banks, are advancing on Harper's Ferry, and ave to Franklin and Harrisonburg to relieve General Banks and capture or destroy Jackson's and Ewellat, if the enemy operates actively against General Banks, you will not be able to count upon much ase him. Reports received this morning are that Banks is fighting with Ewell, eight miles from Harpe had been ordered to send to the relief of General Banks in the Valley twenty to thirty thousand men like an avalanche upon the capital. Milroy, Banks, Fremont, and Shields were all moved in that dhad, called Ewell to his aid, left him to hold Banks in check, and marched to unite with Johnson; ting ordered Ewell to join him for an attack on Banks, who in the meantime had retreated toward Winc[1 more...]
but our condition there did not enable us to furnish any, except the division of Ewell, which had been left near Gordonsville in observation of McDowell, now by his withdrawal made disposable, and the brigade of Edward Johnson, which confronted Schenck and Milroy near to Staunton. Jackson, who, when he could not get what he wanted, did the best he could with what he had, called Ewell to his aid, left him to hold Banks in check, and marched to unite with Johnson; the combined forces attacked Milroy and Schenck, who, after a severe conflict, retreated in the night to join Fremont. Jackson then returned toward Harrisonburg, having ordered Ewell to join him for an attack on Banks, who in the meantime had retreated toward Winchester, where Jackson attacked and defeated him, inflicting great loss, drove him across the Potomac, and, as has been represented, filled the authorities at Washington with such dread of its capture as to disturb the previously devised plans against Richmond, an
G. J. Rains (search for this): chapter 1.7
scarcely been repulsed when Ewell became seriously engaged with Fremont, moving on the opposite side of the river. The enemy pushed forward, driving in the pickets, which, by gallant resistance, checked their advance until Ewell had time to select his position on a commanding ridge, with a rivulet and open ground in front, woods on both flanks, and the road to Port Republic intersecting his line. Trimble's brigade was posted on the right, the batteries of Courtney, Lusk, Brockenbrough, and Rains in the center, Stuart's brigade on the left, and Elzey's in rear of the center. Both wings were in the woods. About ten o'clock the enemy posted his artillery opposite our batteries, and a fire was kept up for several hours, with great spirit on both sides. Meantime a brigade of the enemy advanced, under cover, upon General Trimble, who reserved his fire until they reached short range, when he poured forth a deadly volley, under which they fell back; Trimble, supported by two regiments of
George B. McClellan (search for this): chapter 1.7
hnston crosses the Chickahominy position of McClellan position of McDowell strength of opposing wer James River, together with the fact that McClellan's army, by changing his base to the head of defense of that city to make a junction with McClellan, all combined to give a new phase to our milnks. The considerations which induced General McClellan to make his base on the York River had aodore Goldsborough had a conference with General McClellan regarding the means to be employed for removing that obstacle. . . . General McClellan, as we have stated above, might have continued to foantages without involving any risk. . . . If McClellan could have foreseen how deceptive were the pd the Comte de Paris represents, deceive General McClellan, and prevent him from moving to the souteninsula, Prince de Joinville, 1862. General McClellan, in his testimony December 10, 1862, bef. On April 30, 1862, the official report of McClellan's army gives the aggregate present for duty [1 more...]
ckahominy position of McClellan position of McDowell strength of opposing forces Jackson's expedbtedly have declined the uncertain support of McDowell, to carry out the plan of campaign which offeear Fredericksburg, reported that on the 24th McDowell's troops started southward, but General Stuark after the junction. Court martial of General McDowell, Washington, December 10, 1862. Let urder: Washington, May 24, 1862. Major-General McDowell. General Fremont has been ordered bfrom the west, and the whole or a part of General McDowell's corps from the east, to make a junction a junction against him. We now know that General McDowell had been ordered to send to the relief ofalso sent into the Valley. Nor was this all. McDowell's corps, under orders to join Mc-Clellan, wasommand. The alarm at Washington had caused McDowell's corps to be withdrawn from the upper Rappahbeen left near Gordonsville in observation of McDowell, now by his withdrawal made disposable, and t[6 more...]
he obstruction, and cooperated with the fort in its defense—the Monitor and the ironclad Galena steamed up to about six hundred yard's distance; the others, wooden vessels were kept at long range. The armor of the flagship Galena was badly injured, and many of the crew killed or wounded. The Monitor was struck repeatedly, but the shot only bent her plates. At about eleven o'clock the fleet abandoned the attack, returning discomfited whence they came. The commander of the Monitor, Lieutenant Jeffers, says in his report that the action was most gallantly fought against great odds, and with the usual effect against earthworks. He adds, It was impossible to reduce such works, except with the aid of a land force. The enemy in their reports recognized the efficiency of our fire by both artillery and riflemen, the sincerity of which was made manifest in the failure to renew the attempt. The small garrison at Fort Drewry, adequate only to the service it had performed, that of repell
O. O. Howard (search for this): chapter 1.7
lse of Fremont's advance was so easy that General Taylor describes it as offering a temptation to go beyond General Jackson's orders and make a serious attack upon Fremont's army, but recognizes the justice of the restraint imposed by the order, as we could not waste time chasing Fremont, for it was reported that General Shields was at Front Royal with troops of a different character from those of Fremont's army, who had been encountered near Strasburg, id est, the corps commanded by General O. O. Howard, and called by both sides the flying Dutchmen. This more formidable command of General Shields therefore required immediate attention. Leaving Strasburg on the evening of June 1st, always intent on preventing a junction of the two armies of the enemy, Jackson continued his march up the Valley. Fremont followed in pursuit, while Shields moved slowly up the Valley via Luray, for the purpose of reaching New Market in advance of Jackson. On the morning of the 5th Jackson reached Ha
James River, the south side of which had then but weak defenses, and thus by a short march to gain more than all the advantages which, at a later period of the war, General Grant obtained at the sacrifice of a hecatomb of soldiers. Referring again to the work of the Comte de Paris, who may be better authority in regard to what occurred in the army of the enemy than when he writes about Confederate affairs, it appears that this change of base was considered and not adopted because of General Mc-Clellan's continued desire to have McDowell's corps with him. The count states: The James River, which had been closed until then by the presence of the Virginia, as York River had been by the cannon of Yorktown, was opened by the destruction of that ship, just as York River had been by the evacuation of the Confederate fortress. But it was only open as far as Drury's Bluff; in order to overcome this last obstacle interposed between Richmond and the Federal gunboats, the support of the la
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