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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.
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
December 31, 1861 Genl [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
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
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