Report on the Organization and Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac: To which is Added an Account of the Campaign in Western Virginia, with Plans of Battle-fields

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Page 354 - General McLaws, with his own division and that of General RH Anderson, will follow General Longstreet On reaching Middletown he will take the route to Harper's Ferry, and by Friday morning possess himself of the Maryland Heights, and endeavor to capture the enemy at Harper's Ferry and vicinity.
Page 97 - January 31, 1862, was as follows : [President's Special War Order No. 1.] "EXECUTIVE MANSION, " Washington, January 31, 1862. " Ordered, That all the disposable force of the army of the Potomac, after providing safely for the defence of Washington, be formed into an expedition for the immediate object of seizing and occupying a point upon the railroad southwestward of what is known as Manassas Junction, all details to be in the discretion of the commander-in-chief, and the expedition to move before...
Page 228 - I am glad to learn that you are pressing forward reinforcements so vigorously. "I shall be in perfect readiness to move forward and take Richmond the moment McCall reaches here and the ground will admit the passage of artillery.
Page 97 - You and I have distinct, and different plans for a movement of the Army of the Potomac -yours to be down the Chesapeake, up the Rappahannock to Urbana, and across land to the terminus of the railroad on the York River-, mine to move directly to a point on the railroad southwest of Manassas. If you will give me satisfactory answers to the following questions, I shall gladly yield my plan to yours.
Page 300 - I cannot understand why a simple change of position to a new and by no means distant base will demoralize an army in excellent discipline, unless the officers themselves assist in that demoralization, which I am satisfied they will not. " Your change of front from your extreme right at Hanover...
Page 300 - They can not be united by land without exposing both to destruction, and yet they must be united. To send Pope's forces by water to the Peninsula is, under present circumstances, a military impossibility. The only alternative is to send the forces on the Peninsula to some point by water, say Fredericksburg, where the two armies can be united. "Let me now allude to some of the objections which you have urged. You say that the withdrawal from the present position will cause the certain demoralization...
Page 297 - All points of secondary importance elsewhere should be abandoned,, and every available man brought here. A decided victory here, and the military strength of the rebellion is crushed. It matters not what partial reverses we may meet with elsewhere: here is the true defence of Washington ; it is here, on the banks of the James, that the fate of the Union should be decided.
Page 199 - ... men; and if you succeed in saving the bridges you will secure a line of railroad for supplies in addition to the one you now have. Can you not do this almost as well as not while you are building the Chickahominy bridges?
Page 282 - Unless the principles governing the future conduct of our struggle shall be made known and approved, the effort to obtain requisite forces will be almost hopeless. A declaration of radical views, especially upon slavery, will rapidly disintegrate our present armies.
Page 328 - Is Fort Marcy securely held ? " GB McCLELLAN, " Major General. " General HALLECK." " ALEXANDRIA, August 27, 1862 — 2.30 pm " Sumner has been ordered to send here all of his corps that are within reach. Orders have been sent to Couch to come here from Yorktown with the least possible delay. But one squadron of my cavalry has arrived ; that will be disembarked at once and sent to the front. " If there is any cavalry in Washington it should be ordered to report to me at once.

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