Letter of the Secretary of War, Transmitting Report on the Organization of the Army of the Potomac: And of Its Campaigns in Virginia and Maryland
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1864 - Maryland Campaign, 1862 - 242 pages
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10-pounder Parrott advance Alexandria Antietam Aquia Aquia creek arrived artillery attack August bank battery battle Bottom's bridge bridge brigade Burnside camp campaign Captain cavalry Chickahominy column Couch's division creek crossed defence depots direction enemy enemy's field fire flank Fort Magruder Fort Monroe Franklin front G. B. McCLELLAN garrison general-in-chief guard guns H. W. Halleck Hagerstown Harper's Ferry Headquarters Army Heintzelman hill Hooker horses infantry intrenchments James river Keyes Major General H. W. Major General McClellan Manassas Maryland miles Monroe morning move movement necessary night occupied October officers operations Peninsula Pennsylvania volunteers Pope Porter position possible Potomac President Quartermaster railroad re-enforcements rear rebels reconnoissance regiments Richmond road Rohrersville Savage's station Secretary Secretary of War sent Sharpsburg soon Sumner supplies telegram telegraphed thousand tion transportation troops United States Army United States cavalry vicinity Virginia wagons Warrenton Washington Williamsburg York volunteers Yorktown
Page 58 - Intelligencer of that morning : [President's War Order, No. 3.] "EXECUTIVE MANSION, " Washington, March 11, 1862. " Major General McClcllan having personally taken the field at the head of the army of the Potomac, until otherwise ordered, he is relieved from the command of the other military departments, he retaining command of the department of the Potomac.
Page 84 - And once more let me tell you it is indispensable to you that you strike a blow. I am powerless to help this. You will do me the justice to remember I always insisted that going down the bay in search of a field, instead of fighting at or near Manassas, was only shifting and not surmounting a difficulty; that we would find the same enemy and the same or equal intrenchments at either place. The country will not fail to note — is noting now — that the present hesitation to move upon an intrenched...
Page 43 - That all other forces, both land and naval, with their respective commanders, obey existing orders for the time, and be ready to obey additional orders when duly given. That the heads of departments, and especially the Secretaries of War and of the Navy, with all their subordinates, and the general-in-chief, with all other commanders and subordinates of land and naval forces, will severally be held to their strict and full responsibilities for prompt execution of this order.
Page 219 - President directs that you cross the Potomac and give battle to the enemy, or drive him south. Your army must move now, while the roads are good.
Page 189 - Longstreet, Jackson, and McLaws, and with the main body of the cavalry will cover the route of the army and bring up all stragglers that may haVe been left behind. The commands of Generals Jackson, McLaws, and Walker, after accomplishing the objects for which they have been detached, will join the main body of the army at Boonsboro
Page 176 - I am clear that one of two courses should be adopted : First, to concentrate all our available forces to open communication with Pope ; second, to leave Pope to get out of his scrape, and at once use all our means to make the capital perfectly safe.
Page 145 - It should not be a war looking to the subjugation of the people of any State, in any event. It should not be at all a war upon population, but against armed forces and political organizations. Neither confiscation of property, political executions of persons, territorial organization of States, or forcible abolition of slavery, should be contemplated for a moment.
Page 132 - In addition to what I have already said, I only wish to say to the President that I think he is wrong in regarding me as ungenerous when I said that my force was too weak.
Page 54 - Ordered, That no change of the base of operations of the Army of the Potomac shall be made without leaving in and about Washington such a force as, in the opinion of the general-in-chief and the commanders of army corps, shall leave said city entirely secure.
Page 39 - Tennessee are in favor of the Union ; i,t therefore seems proper that you should remain on the defensive on the line from Louisville to Nashville, while you throw the mass of your forces, by rapid marches, by Cumberland Gap or Walker's Gap, on Knoxville, in order to occupy the railroad at that point, and thus enable the loyal citizens of Eastern Tennessee to rise, while you at the same time cut off the railway communication between Eastern Virginia and the Mississippi.