1862: “Let Us Look Before Us, And Not Behind”

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA

Washington D.C., July 14, 1862

To The Officers and Soldiers of the Army of Virginia:

By special assignment of the President of the United States I have assumed the command of this army. I have spent two weeks in learning your whereabouts, your condition and your wants, in preparing you for active operations, and in placing you in positions from which you can act promptly and to the purpose. These labors are nearly completed, and I am about to join you in the field. Continue reading

1861: “Modify That Paragraph So As To Conform”

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their Words

Washington D.C. Sept. 2, 1861.

Private and confidential.

Major General Fremont:

My dear Sir: Two points in your proclamation of August 30th give me some anxiety. First should you shoot a man, according to the proclamation the Confederates would very certainly shoot our best man in their hands in retailiation; and so, man for man, indefinitely. It is therefore my order that you allow no man to be shot, under the proclamation, without first having my approbation or consent. Continue reading

1861: “We Could See The Enemy Plainly”

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their WordsAugust 10, 1861

The fighting was desperate for about half an hour; when a sort of lull took place as if by mutual consent, to draw breath and let the smoke clear away.

When the smoke cleared away a little we could see the enemy plainly. They stood as firm as ever, but their ranks were thinned and their dead lay think. …Some of them had been slightly wounded in the head but they still stood in their places, while the blood running down their faces gave them a ghastly but fierce and determined look… Continue reading