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 (Google eBook)

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Sheldon, 1864 - Maryland Campaign, 1862 - 480 pages
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Page 144 - And allow me to ask, do you really think I should permit the line from Richmond, via Manassas Junction, to this city, to be entirely open, except what resistance could be presented by less than 20,000 unorganized troops? This is a question which the country will not allow me to evade.
Page 171 - The country will not fail to note is now noting that the present hesitation to move upon an intrenched enemy is but the story of Manassas repeated.
Page 170 - MY DEAR SIR. Your dispatches complaining that you are not properly sustained, while they do not offend me, do pain me very much. " Blenker's division was withdrawn from you before you left here ; and you know the pressure under which I did it, and, as I thought, acquiesced in it certainly not without reluctance.
Page 228 - 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 171 - 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 now noting, that the present hesitation to move upon an intrenched enemy is but the story of Manassas repeated. "I beg to assure you that I have never written you or spoken to you in greater kindness of feeling than now, nor with a fuller purpose to sustain you, so far as, in my most anxious judgment, I consistently...
Page 407 - Washington and the enemy, but does not order it. He is very desirous that your army move as soon as possible. You will immediately report what line you adopt and when you intend to cross the river ; also to what point the reinforcements are to be sent.
Page 300 - You say that the withdrawal from the present position will cause the certain demoralization of the army, " which is now in excellent discipline and condition." I can not 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 Court House to your present position was over...
Page 354 - 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 280 - Excellency, for your private consideration, my general views concerning the existing state of the rebellion, although they do not strictly relate to the situation of this army, or strictly come within the scope of my official duties.
Page 170 - Banks's corps, once designed for* Manassas Junction, was diverted and tied up on the line of Winchester and Strasburg, and could not leave it without again exposing the Upper Potomac and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This - presented (or would present when McDowell and Sumner should be gone) a great temptation to the enemy to turn back from the Rappahannock and sack Washington. My explicit order that Washington should, by the judgment of all the commanders of the army corps, be left entirely secure,...

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