Forward to Richmond : McClellan's peninsular campaign
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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.
115 In a spirited skirmish 116 on February 7, 1862, Federal soldiers subdue Confederate snipers barricaded in a house near Vienna, Virginia. Captain Jacob P. Wilson i the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry, the officer who led the charge on the house, lies wounded beside his horse. 117 Federal soldiers at Manassas Junction survey the devastation that the Confederates 118 left behind when they evacuated the town. In the wreckage, McClcllan s men Pursuing the Confederates who.
Cars, which McClellan had kept loaded and waiting in Baltimore harbor. The to join ranks with McDowell's southbound corps and cover his base at White House, — Sumner's Franklin's VI and Pornorthwesterly direction, so V— corps ter's in order II, in a that they stretched from the railroad along were to supply the troops as they marched west and to bring up McClellan's the north beloved siege guns. treme right, Porter's corps was drawn up in trains Mcgot some encouraging news.
Artillery Mo- York, was put out of was so intense men had to that New one York, whose officer reported pour water on keep them cool enough re- their muskets to handle. Then Morell sent forward the "Irish 9th" Massa- wings of his army, and he put his men to work building no fewer than 1 1 bridges chusetts and the 62nd Pennsylvania in a to cut from Bot- countercharge. "In a short time the retreat became a complete rout," wrote the colonel tom's Bridge northwest to.
The bayo- With a cheer the Federals leaped out of cover and stormed Armistead's flank. The Confederates crumbled before the onnet!" slaught and fled for the rear. Triumphant, Ward marched his men back to their strong- hold on the tracks. Pickett, in the meantime, had not closed with the Federals, and he was surstill The 71st New York Infantry of Brigadier General Daniel Sickles' Excelsior Brigade charges prised to hear the din of battle out Confederate positions in a wood east of.
Campbell Stuart Vogt. — 170 New — Nick Picerno. OliveOsborne. Oneonta Huntington Library; James Milne Library, State University College at Oneonta. Virginia: Alexandria Kim B. Holien; Lloyd bridge York: Baldwin — Seward R. — — — House, Alexandria Library. Falls Church Christopher Nelson. Leesburg John Divine. Richmond William Mallory. — The index was prepared by Nicholas J. Anthony. , , Hozve. Little, General George B. McClellan: Shield of the Union. Louisiana State University.