Congressional Edition Volume 2767

Congressional Edition Volume 2767

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... maneuver so as to leave us in doubt what his real intentions are. While he makes demonstrations in both directions, we shall probably know his real intentions only after the blow is actually struck. Under these circumstances, I think it my duty to urge the retention of the present force in Washington or its vicinity. When I visited Falmouth with the President, I informed General Hooker (in the presence of the President) what troops we had here, and told him that, in my opinion, he could calculate upon no re-enforcements from this place, unless upon the line of the Upper Rappahannock. He then said, most emphatically, that he had all the troops he wished, and all he could use with advantage. He also said that, notwithstanding the losses of the battle of Chancellorsville and the discharge of troops whose services were about expiring, he would have left about 100,000 men, which was all he could employ to advantage. It is proper to remark in this place that General Hooker has never estimated General Lee's forces over 70,000 men. Others, who have had the best opportunities of observation, do not think they have exceeded 60,000. Nevertheless they have defeated very superior numbers on our side. It may be mortifying to do so, nevertheless it is our duty to provide for the contingency of a defeat upon a decisive point, notwithstanding the fact that we concentrate superior forces upon that point. It is now conceded that most of Longstreet's force did not arrive in time to take part in the battle of Chancellorsville. A part of them are probably now in Richmond, to guard that place from General Dix's forces at West Point. You will remember that before General Hooker made his movement across the Rappahannock, you offered him the general control of...show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 821g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755561
  • 9781236755568