Library of American History; From the Discovery of America to the Present Time Volume 4

Library of American History; From the Discovery of America to the Present Time Volume 4

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...the corps of Franklin and Fitz Period VI Th War FOR The Union 18 t1l TO 1865 Checked by the Chickahominy A Period of Inactivity The War FOR THE Union 1861 TO 186S Restrained by the Weather Period vi John Porter, was moved across the Chickahominy. General McClellan desired to assume the offensive, for the delay was more valuable to the enemy than to him, but his timidity prevented him from doing so until the two wings of his army were placed in full communication with each other by bridges strong enough to withstand the treacherous Chickahominy. Never in the history of that section of the country was such frightful weather known. McClellan's telegrams continually referred to this. Thus on the 7th of June he telegraphed the Secretary of War: "The whole face of the country is a perfect bog, entirely impassable for artillery, or even cavalry, except directly in the narrow roads, which renders any general movement, either of this or the rebel army, utterly out of the question until we have more favorable weather." Three days later he said: "I am completely checked by the weather. The roads and fields are literally impassable for artillery--almost so for infantry. The Chickahominy is in a dreadful state: we have another rain-storm on our hands. "I shall attack as soon as the weather and ground will permit; but there will be a delay, the extent of which no one can foresee, for the season is altogether abnormal." General McClellan had no expectation of a Confederate attack in his rear, but about the middle of June he was startled by an exploit of the daring raider, J. E. B. Stuart and his cavalry. The railway line connecting the Union camp with its base of supplies at White House was left almost unguarded, the depots...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813677
  • 9781236813671