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1862: “I Cannot Expect To Be Of Much Service In The Field”

Head-quarters, Valley District January 31, 1862. Hon. J.P. Benjamin, Sec. of War. Sir, – Your order requiring me to direct General Loring to return with his command to Winchester, immediately, has been received, and promptly complied with.

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1861: In Their Words – Conclusion

It’s the end of the year. And it’s the end of our series “1861: In Their Words.” What did we learn? Each blog post featured a quote from 1861, background information, and some historical musings. The primary sources allowed us … Continue reading

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1861: “Nobody Knows His Plans”

December 31, 1861 GenlĀ [General] McClelllan and his chief of staff, Genl Marcey, are both very sick – Said to be typhoid fever – and this making much difficulty. The Genl it seems, is very reticent. Nobody knows his plans. The … Continue reading

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1861: “I Send You Some Sweet Violets”

December 25, 1861 My Dear Daughter: Having distributed such poor Christmas gifts as I had to those around me, I have been looking for something for you. Trifles even are hard to get these war times, and you must not … Continue reading

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1861: “A Glorious Indifference Is Coming Over Me”

Boston, December 10, 1861 …We have blundered all summer long and now we have capstoned our blunders by blundering into a war with England. So be it. While there’s life, there’s hope; but I go into the army with a … Continue reading

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1861: “For A Vast Future Also”

December 3, 1861 ….There are three vacancies on the bench of the Supreme Court – two by the decease of Justices Daniel and McLean, and one by the resignation of Justice Campbell. I have so far forborne making nominations to … Continue reading

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