Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War: Bull Run-Ball's Bluff

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1863 - Ball's Bluff, Battle of, Va., 1861
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Page 233 - I have certainly been expecting you to beat the enemy. If not, to hear that you had felt him strongly, or at least had occupied him by threats and demonstrations.
Page 109 - I have accomplished in this respect more than the general-in-chief asked, or could well be expected in face of an enemy far superior in numbers with no line of communication to protect.
Page 168 - By the CHAIRMAN : Question. What is your rank and position in the Army ? Answer.
Page 385 - DOUBLEDAY called and examined. By the chairman : Question. What is your position in the army, your rank, &c.
Page 163 - SICKLES sworn and examined. By the chairman: Question. What is your rank and position in the army ? Answer.
Page 38 - I had no opportunity to test my machinery, to move it around and see whether it would work smoothly or not. In fact, such was the feeling, that when I had one body of eight regiments of troops reviewed together, the general censured me for it, as if! was trying to make some show.
Page 127 - I beg to remind the General in Chief that the period of service of nearly all the troops here will expire within a month, and that if we do not meet the enemy with them we will be in no condition to do so for three months to come. The new regiments will not be fit for service before September, if then, and meanwhile this whole frontier will be exposed. I have got my command into as good condition as I could expect in so short a time. Officers and men are anxious to be led against the insurgents,...
Page 265 - I mean as volunteers. You, of course, do not expect them to be veterans. Answer. The discipline is good for an army of its size, and under present circumstances. Question. Are your troops well armed ? Answer. Yes, sir. Question. What is the condition of the roads now for moving the army, witii its paraphernalia, provisions, artillery, wagons, &c.
Page 10 - Colonel Devens will land opposite Harrison's Island with five companies of his regiment, and proceed to surprise the camp of the enemy discovered by Captain Philbrick in the direction of Leesburg. The landing and march will be effected with silence and rapidity. Colonel .Lee, Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteers, will immediately after Colonel Devens...
Page 118 - I have said that we must sustain no reverse — but this is not enough ; a check or a drawn battle would be a victory to the enemy, filling his heart with joy, his ranks with men, and his magazines with voluntary contributions. Take your measures, therefore, circumspectly ; make a good use of...

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