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Jackson (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
itz-John Porter's corps, in which General Morell now commands a division. Stoneman's division of cavalry is also in our vicinity, as well as Sykes's brigade of regulars. Willie William Sergeant, brother of Mrs. Meade. has been with me all the afternoon. He looks very well—better than he did at Alexandria. Did you see in the papers of the 12th the instructions of Joe Johnston to Stonewall Jackson? I hope you have, for they most singularly confirm my expressed views of the object of Jackson's raid. Johnston tells him that anything he can do, either to prevent reinforcements reaching McClellan or to withdraw any portion of his force, will be of inestimable service; suggests his attacking either McDowell or Banks—whichever he thinks most practicable—and says it is reported McDowell is about advancing on Richmond, which he, Johnston, thinks extremely probable. You see how completely Jackson succeeded in carrying out these, by paralyzing McDowell's force of forty thousand men, t<
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 4
the Confederate States Government sent to Great Britain and France, and captured by the United Sta Most persons here pooh-pooh the news from England, but I think it very serious, as it confirms my apprehension that England would feel herself compelled to intervene in our domestic troubles, an news. I doubt that there will be a war with England, because I think I see symptoms of backing ou act we may be forced to disavow. A war with England would be nothing less than self-destruction on, and then, when our hands are free, call on England for an apology or fight her. This course wills. and the President, or unless they see that England is determined to fight us and there is no useto resist the outrage. I think the course of England has been most disgraceful and unworthy of a ge slightest pretext to bring about a war with England. camp Pierpont, Va., December 31, 1861. things in general. McCall thinks France and England will recognize the Southern Confederacy and i[2 more...]
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
anize another large army. It is reported Cobb came to Fortress Monroe, the other day, ostensibly as a commissioner, with theto the fear of the Merrimac, the gunboats cannot leave Fortress Monroe to ascend the York River and take their batteries in t they are fearful the Merrimac may run the gauntlet at Fortress Monroe, in which case they could pen McClellan in on the peniol our movements and those of General Dix (who goes to Fortress Monroe), and make them harmonize with his own. If McDowell cawas placed on one of the hospital transports bound for Fortress Monroe, and on reaching that place was transferred to one of ers of the line, brought alongside of the steamer from Fortress Monroe, and the general carried from one to the other. Theh him to arrange about the movement. On my arrival at Fortress Monroe, General Dix said something was going on, but was too ust be a most bitter pill for him to swallow. When at Fortress Monroe, I understood he had come down the night before and te
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
the whole of my town spree. camp Pierpont, Va., February 9, 1862. Is not the news from Tennessee glorious? The surrender of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, February 6, 1862. The FederaMcClellan, by enabling his enemies to say, Why cannot you do in Virginia what has been done in Tennessee? They do not reflect that the operations in Tennessee are part of the operations in VirginiaTennessee are part of the operations in Virginia, and that all will come in good time; but in their insane impatience to come to an end, they think, because we have been victorious once or twice, we are never to be defeated. We sent out an expetories in Western Virginia last summer precipitated and caused Bull Run. Now the victories in Tennessee are forcing a movement here, with, I trust and believe, a better result than was attained last You have of course heard the glorious news from the West and Southwest. Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, April 6 and 7, 1862. Federal troops under Major-General U. S. Grant defeated the Confederate
Quaker (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
irection. On the morning of that day, the 29th, General Sumner had had an engagement with the enemy at Allen's Field, and later, Generals Sumner and Franklin had been engaged at Savage's Station. The Pennsylvania Reserves remained in position until five o'clock in the afternoon, guarding the approaches to the crossing of White Oak Swamp Creek, when, being relieved by other troops, crossing the creek, they were ordered to resume their line of march to the junction of the New Market and Quaker Roads. The accounts of this march are very confusing, and it is difficult to understand how this division, forming part of the Fifth Corps, with which it had marched that afternoon and certainly for a part of the night, was suffered to become separated from the corps, to wander off by itself, and eventually to be left behind. As far as can be gathered from the numerous conflicting accounts, it appears that after reaching the New Market or Long Bridge Road, the column turned to the right an
California (California, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
a large army. I should fear his judgment and prudence, as he is apt to think the only thing to be done is to pitch in and fight. He injured himself in Mexico by attaching himself to Pillow and his clique. Soon after the Mexican war, being in California, he resigned, did not succeed in private life, and at one time I understood he was quite low in fortune, and was glad to accept the position of wagon-master. His want of success, added to other causes, led him at this time into dissipation, and many of his friends thought he was ruined and gone. At the commencement of these troubles he repaired to Washington, and through California influence procured one of the first appointments as brigadier general. At Williamsburg he did some desperate fighting, and had a flare up with Sumner and McClellan. Being always intimate with the President, on McDowell's being relieved he got his corps, with which he was fortunate at South Mountain and Antietam. Now he is made, and his only danger is t
Glendale, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
e of the army, and that after its constant fighting and marching on the preceding days, it was to be on this day at rest. Confirmatory of this view were the circumstances that the division was not placed in alignment, or any of the ordinary precautions in an exposed position taken, and this being the last day of the month, the several regiments were actually drawn up for muster. Yet the position in which the Pennsylvania Reserves now found themselves, about the centre of what is known as Glendale, or the Glendale Farms, was to prove of greater importance than any other part of the line, owing to the intersection at that point of the New Market Road (one of the main thoroughfares from Richmond) with the road on which the wagon trains were moving. Failure to defend this point would have resulted in the destruction of the trains and the cutting of the army in two. About nine o'clock in the morning, the enemy appeared opposite General Franklin's position, and opened a fierce artille
Leesburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
es at Bull Run. They have had a force above us at Leesburg, which it is believed they are withdrawing. The o cutting off some of their troops coming down from Leesburg. We go with the whole division, some twelve thous This morning's paper announces the evacuation of Leesburg and its occupation by a part of Banks' force. I ned they would attempt to hold either Winchester or Leesburg after we were ready to move in force. I hear wereached here in good time. This place is opposite Leesburg, already several corps have crossed the river, and we hear our people are in Leesburg. It is also reported that we have occupied Winchester with our cavalry, wcountry, the valley of the Catoctin Creek, between Leesburg and Winchester. We do not hear much about the ene other, Snicker's Gap, through which the pike from Leesburg to Winchester passes. One or the other of these, 63. We reached here last evening, on our way to Leesburg. The enemy, as far as we can learn, are in the Va
White Oak Swamp (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
nd trains at some secure point on the James River. He had succeeded by dark of the 29th in safely passing the whole of his artillery and wagon trains through White Oak Swamp, and between that time and five o'clock in the morning of the 30th all the troops were across, and the bridge over the creek had been destroyed. In order to protect the immense and necessarily slow-moving trains, General McClellan posted his troops somewhat in advance of the only road then known to lead from White Oak Swamp to the James River, as it was along this road that the trains were to move on the line of retreat. The line from the Swamp to the James being too extended to bein's other division, that of Slocum, was posted on the right of the Charles City Road, covering that road, and its line extending to the marshy land bordering White Oak Swamp, thus also covering Franklin's left. Between the Charles City Road and the New Market Road was Kearney's division of Heintzelman's corps. On Kearney's left
Gloucester Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
h I did not see him. Headquarters Fifth Army Corps, January 4, 1863. I was at general headquarters yesterday, and from what I heard I suspect an advance is not far off. Burnside had just received the telegram announcing the fight at Murfreesboroa, and was chafing under the fear that part of Lee's forces in his front had been detached to help Joe Johnston down there. I told him I had no idea they had gone that far, and thought it more likely they had gone to assist in an attack on Gloucester Point or Suffolk, where we yesterday heard there was fighting. Hooker has gone up to Washington, for what purpose I do not know, but I guess to see what chance he has for the command, in case Burnside is removed, although he asserts most positively that he will not command this army. I despair more and more of getting off, it is now so late and so much time has passed. Reynolds got back yesterday; he said he had seen you and the children in Philadelphia, but did not have much to say. He
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