History of the Campaign of the Army of Virginia, Under John Pope ...: From Cedar Mountain to Alexandria, 1862

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Houghton, Osgood, 1879 - United States - 498 pages
 

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Page 334 - 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 412 - I cannot express to you the pain and mortification I have experienced to-day in listening to the distant sound of the firing of my men. As I can be of no further use here, I respectfully ask that, if there is a probability of the conflict being renewed to-morrow, I may be permitted to go to the scene of battle with my staff, merely to be with my own men, if nothing more ; they will fight none the worse for my being with them. If it is not deemed best to entrust me with the command even of my own...
Page 427 - Centreville in plain view of the battle, and made no attempt to join. What renders the whole matter worse, these are both officers of the Regular Army, who do not hold back from ignorance or fear. Their constant talk, indulged in publicly and in promiscuous company, is that "the Army of the Potomac will not fight;" "that they are demoralized by withdrawal from the Peninsula, etc.
Page 297 - Porter an order toward the enemy, in a particular direction, to send him, in addition, specific orders to attack, it being his clear duty, and in accordance with every military precept, to have brought his forces into action wherever he encountered the enemy, when a furious battle with that enemy was raging during the whole day, in his immediate presence. I believe, in fact, I am positive, that at...
Page 247 - If, upon marches, guards, or in quarters, different corps of the army shall happen to join, or do duty together, the officer highest in rank of the line of the army, marine corps, or militia, by commission, there on duty or in quarters, shall command the whole, and give orders for what is needful to the service, unless otherwise specially directed by the President of the United States, according to the nature of the case.
Page 429 - The destinies of our country, the honor of our arms, are at stake, and all depends now upon the cheerful co-operation of all in the field. This week is the crisis of our fate. Say the same thing to my friends in the army of the Potomac, and that the last request I have to make of them is, that, for their...
Page 245 - Sigel and Reno are moving on the Warrenton Turnpike, and must now be not far from Gainesville. I desire that as soon as communication is established between this force and your own, the whole command shall halt.
Page 472 - ... forever disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit under the Government of the United States...
Page 297 - General Porter had in his front no considerable body of the enemy. I believed then, as I am very sure now, that it was easily practicable for him to have turned the right flank of Jackson, and to have fallen upon his rear ; that if he had done so, we 406 40T should have gained a decisive victory over the army under Jackson before he could have been joined by any of the forces of Longstreet...
Page 426 - Manassas without a fight, and in plain hearing at less than three miles' distance of a furious battle which raged all day. It was only in consequence of peremptory orders that he joined me next day. One of his brigades, the brigadier-general of which professed to be looking for his division, absolutely remained all day at Centreville in plain view of the battle, and made no attempt to join.

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