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action advance advantage already arms army attack Banks base battle began Bull Run called campaign cavalry civil clear closed command Confederate corps course crossed defeat defense enemy face Farragut Federal fell field fighting fire five flank followed forces formed fought four front Government Grant guns hand held Hill hold hoped hundred immediate Jackson Johnston joined knew land later Lee's less Lincoln loss lost McClellan means miles military Mississippi move naval navy nearly never North Northern numbers officers once orders Port position presently rails reached rear regular reinforcements remained rest Richmond river road round sent Sherman ships side soldiers soon South Southern stood strategic strong supplies surrender Tennessee thousand till took troops turned Union United Valley vessels Vicksburg victory Virginia Washington West whole
Page 188 - Dear Madam : I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.
Page 186 - This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to so cooperate with the President-elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration ; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he cannot possibly save it afterwards.
Page 225 - Let us discard such ideas. The strongest position a soldier should desire to occupy is one from which he can most easily advance against the enemy. Let us study the probable lines of retreat of our opponents, and leave our own to take care of themselves.
Page 362 - If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity-seeking. If they want peace, they and their relatives must stop the war.
Page 7 - And furthermore, as president of the Board of Supervisors, I beg you to take immediate steps to relieve me as superintendent, the moment the State determines to secede, for on no earthly account will I do any act or think any thought hostile to or in defiance of the old Government of the United States.
Page 184 - He brought out a map of Virginia on which he had evidently marked every position occupied by the Federal and Confederate armies up to that time. He pointed out on the map two streams ; which empty into the Potomac, and suggested that the army might be moved on boats and landed between the mouths of these streams. We would then have the Potomac to bring our supplies, and the tributaries would protect our flanks while we moved out. I listened respectfully, but did not suggest that the same streams...
Page 349 - Harbor no advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained. Indeed, the advantages other than those of relative losses, were on the Confederate side.
Page 390 - The perspiration came out in large drops on his forehead, and he did not attempt to conceal his distress. He denounced the act as a disgrace to the age, and hoped I did not charge it to the Confederate Government. I told him I .could not believe that he or General Lee, or the officers of the Confederate army, could possibly be privy to acts of assassination ; but I would not say as much for Jeff. Davis, George Sanders, and men of that stripe.