Forward to Richmond : McClellan's peninsular campaign

Forward to Richmond : McClellan's peninsular campaign

Time-Life Books

Language: English

Pages: 184


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Time-Life Civil War Series 6 of 27

This volume serves nicely as an introductions to General McClellan and his role in re-building the shattered Union Army after the First Battle of Bull Run in the summer of 1861. It does a great job of describing the build-up to McClellan's Peninsular Campaign, which was his attempt to do a waterborne end run around the Confederate Army that was guarding Richmond, the Confederate capital. However, I feel that it is mistitled because it only covers the first half of the Peninsular Campaign. The text stops when Lee takes over for the injured Joe Johnston so we read nothing about the conclusion of the Peninsular campaign, including a majority of the battles. The book is beautifully illustrated and well-written. A novice to the Civil War will learn a lot, but even this old dog learned a couple of new things with this one.

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amphibious expedition to the Virginia Peninsula, the ger of land between the fin- York and James Rivers, in order to flank the Confederate army in northern Virginia. Confederate ^ General Joseph E. Johnston evacuated Manassas and pulled his army back to defend Richmond; the stage was set for a campaign on the Peninsula and a major battle east of Richmond at the crossroads of Seven Pines. V \ y*** 1 N° S Bair-ltl,,,, 1 . P.h.I.-mII>l>urs* N* . — "s Bdvrods terrvN^

Washington home in November McClellan came out on the balcony and bowed to the crowd but 1861. refused to make a inflamed jingoistic passions and fears of Brit- nesses legal counsel and took as gospel the ish intervention on the Confederate side. wildest allegations of treasonous behavior. However, Lincoln had released the two Con- The federates on Christmas Day, defusing the dure the indignity of the committee's inqui- diplomatic sition, speech. crisis. This practical move

pulling out. Completely unaware, Davis meanwhile was writing John- Manassas. Most of were still in left behind, some spiked working order. Rearguard rail and the million pounds remaining at Thoroughfare Gap cars, storehouses still farmers had carted off everything they could. Johnston even sacrifice made the supreme and destroyed barrels of "medic- inal" whiskey. The the railroad at cavalry stayed on to put the torch to after local Manassas 9, the the heavy fortress guns

prevents the curtain from rising." The attack, scheduled for about 8 a.m., started late because the usually dependable James Longstreet was confused by his orders. To the other division commanders, — Johnston had sent specific written orders but not the overall plan. Only to Longstreet, who was entrusted with tactical command of the operation, did he give details of the entire plan — but not in writing. Though the two men talked for several hours on the eve of the attack,

Terrible Swift Civil Hallowed Ground: The Story of the Union Side of the Civil War. Doubledav & Company, Inc., 1956. Chase, Salmon P., Inside Lincoln's Cabinet: The Civil W'arDianes of Salmon P. Chase. Ed. by David Donald. Longmans, Green and Co., 1954. Clifford, Deborah Pickman, Mine Eyes Have Seen the This and Charles Winslow, Winfield Scott: The Soldier the Man. The Macmillan Company, 1937. Esposito, Vincent J., ed., The West Point Atlas of American Wars, Vol. 1. Frederick A. Praeger,

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