Recollections of the Civil War: With Many Original Diary Entries and Letters Written from the Seat of War, and with Annotated References

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1912 - Spotsylvania Court House, Battle of, Va., 1864 - 379 pages
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Page 293 - Take all provisions, forage, and stock wanted for the use of your command ; such as cannot be consumed destroy. It is not desirable that the buildings should be destroyed ; they should rather be protected, but the people should be informed that so long as an army can subsist among them recurrences of these raids must be expected, and we are determined to stop them at all hazards.
Page 262 - I want Sheridan put in command of all the troops in the field, with instructions to put himself south of the enemy, and follow him to the death. Wherever the enemy goes, let our troops go also.
Page 340 - On the 29th instant the armies operating against Richmond will be moved by our left, for the double purpose of turning the enemy out of his present position around Petersburg, and to insure the success of the cavalry under General Sheridan, which will start at the same time, in its efforts to reach and destroy the South Side and Danville railroads.
Page 56 - M'Clellau was relieved from the command of the Army of the Potomac, and General Burnside was appointed his successor.
Page 14 - Constitution; this, because the existence of war between the United States and the Confederate States...
Page 293 - In pushing up the Shenandoah Valley, as it is expected you will have to go, first or last, it is desirable that nothing should be left to invite the enemy to return. Take all provisions, forage, and stock wanted for the use of your command ; such as cannot be consumed, destroy. It is not desirable that buildings should be destroyed — they should rather be protected...
Page 334 - ... extra vigilance should be kept up both by the pickets and the troops on the line. Let commanders understand that no time is to be lost awaiting orders, if an attack is made, in bringing all their resources to the point of danger. With proper alacrity in this respect, I would have no objection to seeing the enemy get through.
Page 343 - If the ground would permit I believe I could, with the Sixth Corps, turn the, enemy's left or break through his lines, but I would not like the Fifth Corps to make such an attempt.
Page 202 - Speaking of the operations around Spottsylvania Court House, Swinton, the historian of the Army of the Potomac, says: "Before the lines of Spottsylvania, the Army of the Potomac had for twelve days and nights engaged in a fierce wrestle in which it had done all that valour may do to carry a position by nature and art impregnable.
Page 12 - July next, then and there to consider and determine such measures as, in their wisdom, the public safety and interest may seem to demand.

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