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o with the advance myself, being obliged to remain to get Franklin and Sedgwick started up the river for West Point. Yesterteen miles in advance, and will, I hope, communicate with Franklin to-night, although I am not yet sure that the enemy may nminy, or it may be to-morrow in effecting a junction with Franklin. It may suit the views of the masses better, as being moith, encamping with or just in rear of him. I hope to see Franklin to-morrow night and learn more of the enemy. . . . The set an old wooden church, and am in easy communication with Franklin, Porter, etc. Fitz came over to see me this afternoon, and I go over to see him and Franklin to-morrow. To-morrow being Sunday, I give the men a rest, merely closing up some of thehe roads in such condition that I cannot do more than get Franklin and Porter there to-day. Headquarters cavalry and Hunt wouse. . . . We leave here in the morning. Porter and Franklin march at four and eight A. M., headquarters at seven. We
some five hundred yards wide, which had been disputed ground for many days. Further in advance was an open field, crossed by the Williamsburg road and the railroad, and commanded by a redoubt and rifle-pits of the enemy. It was decided to push our lines to the other side of these moods, in order to enable us to ascertain the nature of the ground, and to place Gens. Heintzelman and Sumner in position to support the attack intended to be made on the Old Tavern, on the 26th or 27th, by Gen. Franklin, by assailing that position in the rear. Between eight and nine o'clock on the morning of the 25th the advance was begun by Gen. Heintzelman's corps. The enemy were found to be in strong force all along the line, and contested the advance stubbornly, but by sunset our object was accomplished. The following telegram was sent to the Secretary of War on the same day: 25th 6.15 P. M.--I have just returned from the field, and found your despatch in regard to Jackson. Several con
rolina. . . . McCall's division has commenced arriving; some of them reached the White House last night. This relieves me very much. June 12, 8 A. M., New bridge . . . Am about to break up this camp and move over the Chickahominy to Dr. Trent's house; to the vicinity, at least, for I abominate houses when on the field. In addition have to take a farewell ride some seven or eight miles up this side of the river to look again at the ground and give the last instructions to Porter and Franklin for their guidance on this side of the river. I took quite a ride yesterday, the first since the battle, and got through with it nicely. I am about as nearly well now as I expect to be in this climate; bright and strong enough to fight a much better battle than any yet. I had a wonderful telegram from the Secretary of War last night; he declares that he is and ever has been my best friend! June 14, camp at Dr. Trent's Saturday A. M.. . . . Your letters reached me yesterday morning
ould spare on the following day to the left bank of the river. Gen. Franklin received instructions to hold Gen. Slocum's division in readineed as follows: I hope to do without aid, though I request that Franklin or some other command be held ready to reinforce me. The enemy are condition of affairs on the right bank of the Chickahominy: Gen. Franklin telegraphed: Gen. Smith thinks the enemy are massing heavy colu to go. Subsequently the following was sent to Gens. Sumner and Franklin: Is there any sign of the enemy being in force in your front? Cannswer at once. At 5.15 P. M. the following was received from Gen. Franklin: I do not think it prudent to take any more troops from here at as has been observed. At 5.25 P. M. I sent the following to Gen. Franklin: Porter is hard pressed; it is not a question of prudence, James river without loss. On the morning of the 28th, while Gen. Franklin was withdrawing his command from Golding's farm, the enemy open
Turkey creek bridge. During the morning Gen. Franklin heard that the enemy, after having repaireen. Sumner united his forces with those of Gen. Franklin and assumed command. I had ordered Gen.being convinced that the troops of Sumner and Franklin at Savage's Station were ample for the purposOak Swamp over which the army had passed. Gen. Franklin was ordered to hold the passage of White Och partially silenced the enemy's guns. Gen. Franklin held his position until after dark, repeatpromptly to Glendale, and upon a call from Gen. Franklin for reinforcements sent him two brigades, on of affairs. While waiting to hear from Gen. Franklin, before sending orders to Gens. Sumner and I received a message from the latter that Gen. Franklin was falling back; whereupon I sent Col. Coone far when he met two officers sent from Gen. Franklin's headquarters with the information that ho Malvern. Instructions were also sent to Gen. Franklin as to the route he was to follow. Gen.
r 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 here until nearly the last. We are going, not to Richmond, but to Fort Monroe, I am ashamed to say! . . . . It is a terrible blow to me, but I have done all thmmenced embarking; a good many have left already. Aug. 21, 4 P. M. (Fort Monroe).--Have just returned from an examination of this fort and the Rip Raps. . . . The whole of Porter's corps got off last night. Heintzelman from Yorktown to-day. Franklin commences to embark here and at Newport News to-morrow. Sumner will reach here to-morrow and commence embarking as soon as transports are ready, probably in a couple of days. I do not know what they intend doing with me. I still think they wil
this moment received. I have sent orders to Franklin to prepare to march with his corps at once, amass of Sumner's corps here, to move out with Franklin to Centreville or vicinity? If a decisive ba reliable troops in and near Washington. Yet Franklin is too weak alone. What shall be done? No mright. We must send wagons and ammunition to Franklin as fast as they arrive. Meagher's brigade counts, at Manassas in strong force, and that Franklin had only from 10,000 to 11,000 men, with an eal-in-chief, in which he asks me why I halted Franklin in Annandale, to which I replied as follows: nces, until we knew what was at Vienna. Gen. Franklin remained here until about one P. M., endea hearing from you, I have sent orders. to Gen. Franklin to place himself in communication with Genat once loaded with ammunition for Sumner and Franklin; but they will not go far towards supplying t have only three squadrons, two of which with Franklin. I expect some, to-day. Do not strip yourse[16 more...]
ause much inconvenience, as the troops in front are mainly dependent on the railroad for supplies. My troops are getting pretty well into position: Porter between Fredericksburg and the Rappahannock Station; Heintzelman at Rappahannock Station; Franklin near this place; Sumner landing at Acquia creek. I have heard nothing new to-day, and don't know what is going on in front; am terribly ignorant of the state of affairs, and therefore somewhat anxious to know. . . . I find all going on well eno I had sent him to procure information), and told me that we were badly whipped, McDowell's and Sigel's corps broken, the corps of my own army that were present (Porter and Heintzelman) badly cut up but in perfect order. Banks was not engaged. Franklin had arrived and was in position at Centreville. Sumner must have got up by this time. Couch's division is about starting. It is probable that the enemy are too much fatigued to renew the attack this morning, perhaps not at all to-day; so that
2. Maj.-Gen. John Pope, Commanding Army of Virginia: general: Gen. Halleck instructed me to repeat to you the order he sent this morning to withdraw your army to Washington without unnecessary delay. He feared that his messenger might miss you, and desired to take this double precaution. In order to bring troops upon ground with which they are already familiar, it would be best to move Porter's corps upon Upton's Hill, that it may occupy Hall's Hill, etc.; McDowell's to Upton's Hill; Franklin's to the works in front of Alexandria; Heintzelman's to the same vicinity; Couch to Fort Corcoran, or, if practicable, to the Chain bridge; Sumner either to Fort Albany or to Alexandria, as may be most convenient. In haste, general, very truly yours, Geo. B. Mcclellan, Maj.-Gen. U. S. A. In a very short time I had made all the requisite preparations and was about to start to the front in person to assume command as far out as possible, when a message came to me from Gen. Halleck inf
ned marching, and reorganizing the army on the march Harper's Ferry lost McClellan relieves it, but miles surrenders Franklin's victory at Crampton's Gap. Next day I rode to the front of Alexandria, and was engaged in rectifying the positions ll your intellect and the utmost activity that a general can exercise. Geo. B. McClellan, Maj.-Gen. Commanding. Maj.-Gen. W. B. Franklin, Commanding 6th Corps. Again, on the 14th, I sent him the following: headquarters, Army of the Potomaclen — and the cessation of firing makes me fear that it has — it is my opinion that I should be strongly reinforced. W. B. Franklin, Maj.-Gen. Commanding 6th. Corps. Gen. G. B. McClellan. Sept. 15, 11 A. M. general: I have received your despatc on the force I see in front. I have had a very close view of it, and its position is very strong. Respectfully, W. B. Franklin, Maj.-Gen. Maj.-Gen. G. B. McClellan, Commanding. Col. Miles surrendered Harper's Ferry at eight A. M. on the 15
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