History of the Twelfth Regiment: Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps (41st Regiment of the Line), from Its Muster Into the United States Service, August 10th, 1861, to Its Muster Out, June 11th, 1864, Together with Biographical Sketches of Officers and Men and a Complete Muster-out Roll

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author, 1891 - Pennsylvania - 224 pages

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Page 29 - Washington. If I err in my construction, I desire to be at once set right. Frankness compels me to say, anxious as I am for an increase of force, that the march of McDowell's column upon Richmond by the shortest route will, in my opinion, uncover Washington as to any interposition by it as completely as its movement by water. The enemy cannot advance by Fredericksburg upon Washington. Should they attempt a movement, which to me seems entirely improbable, their route would be by Gordonsville and Manassas.
Page 27 - MY DEAR SIR : Your despatches 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 " Blenker's division was withdrawn from you before you left here, and you know the pressure under which I did it, and, as I thought, acquiesced in it — certainly not without reluctance. " After you left I ascertained that less than...
Page 28 - McDowell has been ordered to march upon that city by the shortest route. He is ordered, keeping himself always in position to save the capital from all possible attack, so to operate as to put his left wing in communication with your right wing, and you are instructed to cooperate so as to establish this communication as soon as possible by extending your right wing to the north of Richmond.
Page 27 - The greatest master of the art of war has said that 'if you would invade a country successfully, you must have one line of operations and one army, under one general.' But what is our condition? The State of Virginia is made to constitute the command, in part or wholly, of some six generals, viz. : Fremont, Banks, McDowell, Wool, Burnside, and McClellan, besides the scrap, over the Chesapeake, in the care of Dix. "The great battle of the war is to come off here.
Page 102 - About 3 PM the enemy, having massed his troops in front of General Jackson, advanced against his position in strong force.
Page 30 - That request does not breathe the proper spirit. Whatever troops come to me must be disposed of so as to do the most good. I do not feel that, in such circumstances as those in which I am now placed, General McDowell should wish the general interests to be sacrificed for the purpose of increasing his command.
Page 171 - Sheridan, commanding cavalry corps, will move with Gregg's and Torbert's divisions against the enemy's cavalry, in the direction of Hamilton's Crossing. General Wilson, with the Third cavalry division, will move at 5 AM, to Craig's meeting-house, on the Catharpin road. He will keep out parties on the Orange...
Page 41 - The troops were all in position by noon, with the artillery on the commanding ground, and in the intervals between the divisions and brigades. Besides the division batteries, there were Robertson's and...
Page 71 - JBrigade after brigade, formed under cover of the woods, started at a run to cross the open space and charge our batteries, but the heavy fire of our guns, with the cool and steady volleys of our infantry, in every case sent them reeling back to shelter, and covered the ground with...
Page 120 - The war was thus transferred from the interior to the frontier, and the supplies of rich and productive districts made accessible to our army. To prolong a state of affairs in every way desirable, and not to permit the season for active operations to pass without endeavoring to inflict further injury upon the enemy, the best course appeared to be the transfer of the army into Maryland.

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