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sent the greater part of his army to their assistance. On this point, General Barnard, Chief of Engineers in the Army of the Potomac, speaks as follows in his official report of the Peninsular campaign :

"At last the moment came when action was imperative. The enemy assumed the initiative. We had warning of when and where he was to strike. Had Porter been withdrawn the night of the 26th of June, our army would have been concentrated on the right bank of the Chickahominy River, while two corps, at least, of the enemy's force were on the left bank. Whatever course we then took, whether to strike at Richmond and the portion of the enemy on the right bank, or move at once for the James, we would have had a concentrated army and a fair chance of a brilliant result, in the first; and in the second, if we accomplished nothing, we would have been in the same case on the morning of the 27th as we were on that of the 28th, minus a lost battle and a compulsory retreat. Or had the fortified lines, thrown up expressly for that object, been held by twenty thousand men, as they could have been, we would have fought on the other side with eighty thousand men instead of twenty-seven thousand. Or, finally, had the lines been abandoned, with our hold on the right bank of the Chickaliominy, we might have fought and crushed the enemy on the left bank, Teopened our communication, and then returned and taken Richmond.

"As it was, the enemy fought with his whole force except enough left before our lines to keep up an appearance—and we fought with twenty-seven thousand men, losing a battle and nine thousand men. By this defeat we were driven from our position, our advance for conquest turned into a retreat for safety, by a force probably not greatly superior to our own.”

In his report of this campaign, General Robert E. Lee, who assumed command of the rebel army in Richmond after the battle of Fair Oaks, states that, perceiving it was McClellan's plan to attack the city by regular approaches, he determined to construct defensive lines so as to enable a part of bis forces to protect the city, while the re mainder would be at liberty to operate against General McClellan's communications between the York and James Rivers. After Jackson, with the assistance of Ewell, in the Shenandoah Valley, had succeeded in “ diverting the army of McDowell at Fredericksburg from uniting with that of McClellan," he summoned him to his immediate command. His works of defence were now completed; Stuart had made a raid around the Federal lines, acquiring thereby much valuable information ; Jackson, after a forced and secret march, had arrived, and all things were in readiness to turn upon the besiegers. Huger and Magruder remained behind the defences, while the four commands of A. P. IIill, D. H. Hill, Longstreet, and Jackson swept down the north bank of the James and engaged our forces at Mechanicsville. In the subsequent battles of Gaines's Mill, Glendale, or Nelson's Farm, as it is sometimes called, and Malvern Hill, he constantly speaks of attacking superior numbers, which affords a curious contrast to McClellan's estimate that the rebel army numbered two hundred thousand men. Both generals are probably equally far from the truth, and there now seems little doubt that the rebel force, as General Barnard has observed, was “not greatly superior to our own." Otherwise it is difficult to understand wliy it retired so precipitately from the bloody field of Malvern and took refuge again behind the defences of Richmond.

During the progress of the Peninsular campaign the condition of the Confederacy had undergone a great change for the better. At the time the Army of the Potomac landed on the Peninsula, the rebel armies were demoralized by the defeats of Port Royal, Mill Spring, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Roanoke Island, and other battles; and reduced by sickness, loss in battle, expirations of periods of service, &c.; while the conscription law was not yet even passed. It seemed as if it needed but one vigorous effort to end the war. The day of the initiation of the campaign of this magnificent Army of the Potomac was apparently the day of the resuscitation of the Confederate cause, which seemed to grow pari passu with the slow prog. ress of its operations. The loss of a month before Yorktown was an enormous gain to the enemy. The bad roads, the nature of the obstacles offered by the Chickahominy to an advance, and, it may be added, the constitutional slowness and caution of the Federal commarder, all prolonged the time so as to give the enemy two additional months. Thus, from the 1st of April, when McClellan landed at Fortress Monroe, to the 1st of July, when his shattered columns reached James River, three months bad elapsed, during which time the Confederates may be said to have raised an army by conscription, concentrated all their strength, and hurled it at the grand Army of the Potomac with fatal effect, because it was not concentrated, nor with all the digging were the important points fortified. There were no defences at White House, nor were there any defensible tetes-depont or strong positions prepared to cover the débouchés from the bridges to the left bank of the Chickahominy. All this was taken full advantage of by an enemy who did not leave any means unused to insure success, and who struck with his whole concentrated force.,


Department of Missouri.-General Halleck.-Negotiations with Price.—Van Dorn,

Curtis, and Sigel. ---Pea Ridge.

In resuming the thread of events at the West, we may recall the situation of affairs at the close of 1861, as we described them in a previous chapter. Missouri, then under Halleck,* had been cleared

Tenry Wager Halleck is a native of New | who, as a lawyer, was enjoying a lucrative prac. York. He entered the Military Academy at tice at San Francisco, threw up his business and West Point in 1833, being the nineteen years of offered his services to the Government. On the age, and on graduating stood third in his class. 19th of Angust, 1861, he was commissioned majorHe was brevetted second lieutenant of engineers, general in the regular army. On the 18th of Inarle assistant professor of engineering at West Noveinber he appeared at St. Louis, Mo., to asPoint in 1839, and in 1945 was appointed first suine command of the Departinent of the West, lieutenant. In 1847, Lieutenant Halleck was bre. then temporarily held by General Hunter. In vetted captain for gulant conduct in Mexico and April his command was extended to Kentucky California. From 1817 to 1649 he acted as secre-1 and Tennessee. On the 15th of April he took tary of state of the province of California, under command at Pittsburg Landing, conducted the Generals Mason and Riley. In 1847-48 he was investment of Corinth to a successful issue, and also chief of the staff to Commodore Shubrick on on the 11th July was appointed General-in-Chief the Pacific cont; and in 1849 was a member of at Washington, which position he held until the convention and of the committee to form and March, 1864, when, on the appointment of Generdraft the Constitution of the State of California. al Grant to the chief command, he became chief He was appointed captain of engineers in July, of staff to the army at Washington. In April and 1859, bnt in August of the next year resigned. May, 1865, he held temporary command in RichAt the breaking out of the rebellion Mr. Ilalleck, 'mond.

of Confederates, and Kentucky and Tennessee bad, under Buell, been restored to Union control. It was well known that the enemy enjoyed the most perfect means of information, by which the Union plans were continually thwarted. In some measure to remedy this, General Halleck issued the following order :


St. Louis, Norember 29, 1861. 5 "1. It has been represented that important information respecting the numbers and condition of our forces is conveyed to the enemy by means of fugitive slaves who are admitted within our lines. In order to remedy this evil, it is directed that no such persons be hereafter permitted to enter the lines of any camp, or of any forces on the march, and that any within such lines be immediately excluded therefrom.

" 2. The General Commanding wishes to impress upon all officers in command of posts and troops in the field the importance of preventing unauthorized persons of every description from entering and leaving our lines, and of observing the greatest preeaution in the employment of agents and clerks in confidential positions. " By order of Major-General Halleck.


“ Assistant Adjutart-General."

The order, although, according to General Halleck, one of purely military necessity, was made a matter subsequently of congressional discussion. Early in January. General Pope, in command of Central Missouri, was at Tifton, while Price was at Osceola, with Generals Rains and Stern in the neighborhood of Lexington. Early in the year General Price opened a negotiation with General Halleck in relation to a mumber of guerrillas and “bush-whackers" who had been captured while in the act of burning railroad bridges, and in reply to threats of retaliation, the latter replied:

"Yo order of rours (Price's) can save from punishment spies, marauders, robbers, incendiaries, guerrilla bands, &c., who violate the laws of war. But if any of Price's men are captured in the garb of soldiers, they shall be treated as prisoners of war."

Missouri continued in a very disturbed condition, and martial law having been declared in St. Louis, General Halleck issued order No. 24, ordering the property of secessionists to be assessed for the benefit of the fugitives from the southwestern section of the State, where the Confederates held control. The property of those who failed to pay their assessments was seized under execution. Soon afterward he ordered that the president and officers of the Mercantile Association and of the Chamber of Commerce, who had shown unequivocal sympathy with the secessionists, should take the oath of allegiance, on pain of being deposed and punished for contempt. The press in Missouri was subjected to the martial law. The publisher of the Boone County Democrat having been found guilty of criminal publications, under the style of “ Letters from the Army," was sentenced to be banished from the State, and his business property coufiscated and sold. General Halleck approved the finding and sentence, and directed the printing-office to remain in charge of the quartermaster until further orders; that the prisoner be placed outside the State of Missouri, and that if he returned during the war, without per

mission, that he be arrested and placed in close confinement in the Alton military prison. These proceedings being returned to the War Department, they were approved by the Secretary, and an order issued that the form of procedure should be adopted in like cases by the commanders of all the military departments.

Military movements began early in the year to show renewed activity. On the 29th January, the Confederate General Van Dorn* issued a general order, assuming command of the department comprising Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana, and about the same time the National forces under General Curtis marched from their cantonments in Northern and Central Missouri in the direction of Springfield. Price gradually fell back from that neighborhood toward Arkansas. Early in January, General Sigel was in command at Rolla, awaiting re-enforcements, which it was alleged had been raised for bim. Of the six regiments thus raised, two were sent to the Potomac, one was given to General Pope, one to General Hunter, and of the remaining two, four comprinies only were with Sigel, and those were not equipped. For these and other reasons Sigel tendered his resignation. The difficulties were settled, however, by the appointment of General Curtis t to command. The divisions of Sigel and Asboth followed Price by a road through Mount Vernon, while General Jefferson C. Davis and General Carr took the road through Cassville, over the old battleground of Wilson's Creek. The columns came up with the enemy at Crane Creek on the 14th of February, but too late to attack. The enemy retired during the night, and on the morning of the 15th, at

+ General Earl Van Dorn was a native of Mis, 1831, as brevet second sissippi, and graduated at West Point in 1812. In Infantry. He resigned on the 80th of June, 1832. the same class were Gustavus W. Smith and í He practised as a civil engineer in Ohio from that Mansfield Lovell. On the 1st of July, 1812, he time until 1837. From April, 1937, to May, 1839, was appointed brevet second lieutenant in the he was civil engineer of the Muskingum River Seventh Lujied States Infantry, and was made a inprovement. He next practised law in Ohio, fall second lieutenant on the 30th of November, undertook the colonelcy of the third regiment of 18H. On the 8d of March, 1817. he was promoted | Ohio volunteers in the Mexican war, and fought to a first lieutenance, and on the 18th of April in the United States service during the campaign was brevetted captain for his conduct at Cerro in Mexico. After the discharge of his regiment, Goro. In the following August he received a he served in the staff of Brigadier-General Wool, farther brevet of major, for his conduct at Con. as acting assistant anjutant general, and afterward treris and Churubusco; and on the 13th of Sen. acted as the civil and military governor of Saltillo, temler he was woundled while entering the city in Mexico, in 1847. On his return home he was of Mexico. He was aide to General P. F. Smith appointed chief engineer of the Des Moines River during the years 1848 and 1819. He was secre. improvement, in the State of Iowa. This postary and treasurer of the Military Asylum of 1 ition he filled from December 4, 1847, to JanPaceagogla, Miss., from January, 1852, to June, uary 1, 1850. He was afterward returned to 1575. and was made full captain of the Second Congress to represent a district of the State of Toited States Cavalry in March, 1953. In July, 1 Iowil, While serving in Congress he commanded 1926, he was distinguished in the command of the the second regiment of Iowa Volunteers. He was euveiition against the Camanches in Northern appointed a brigadier general of volunteers May Texas. Again, on the 1st of October, 1858, in the 17, 1861, and resigned his set in Congress. For command of the expedition against the Caman some time he had charge of the city and district ches, far Witcbita village, Texas, he gained a of St. Louis. When General llalleck assuined deciderl victory, but was himself four times command of the department, General Curtis was vounieil-twice dangerously. On the 13th of ordered to Rolla, as a dépot of concentration of Blas. 1959, he was again, in action with a body of the troops now under his command. In January, Camanches, completely victorious. He joined 1862, as acting major-general, he assumed comthe rebel cinse, was appointed a brigadier-general, mand of a corps d'armée, and went in pursuit and in January, 1869. assumed cominand of the of General Price and his rebel troops. He defeattrans-Mississippi district. He fought at Pes ed the rebels at Pea Ridge, March 6-9, 1962, subRiige. Corinth, and in several lesser engagements, sequently occupied Helena, Ark., and was, March and was shot on May 6, 1863, by Dr. Peters, of | 21, appointed major-general. In the latter part of Nach ville, for improper intimacy with the wife of 1862 he was assigned to the command of the Dethe latter,

partment of Missouri: was removed May, 1869, + General Samuel R. Curtis was born in New and, in 1864 appointed to the Department of Kans York in 1507, and graduated at West Point, in | sas.'

daylight, the pursuit was resumed and continued through the 16th and 17th, the enemy taking advantage of favorable positions to retard the advance. On the 17th he was re-enforced by two Louisiana regiments, under command of Colonel Herbert. This officer had been a member of Congress from California, and, while acting in that capacity, killed a waiter at Willard's Hotel in Washington. General Ben VcCulloch also joined Price, who took up a position at Sugar Creek, whence he was driven after a brief conflict, and retired into Nortliwestern Arkansas, taking post in the Boston Mountains.

On March 1st, General Curtis issued an address to the people of Arkansas, exhorting them to remain at their homes; and telling them that the only object of the war was peace; and that in its prosecution the rights of all individuals would be respected.

The enemy at Boston Mountain, about fifty miles from Sugar Creek, were now re-enforced by Van Dorn's troops, by a body of Choctaw, Cherokee, and Chickasaw Indians, under Pike, and the division of MeIntosh. The force of the enemy was then composed of nine thousand Missouri State troops, under Price, six Arkansas regiments, under Ben McCulloch,* five Texan regiments, under Earl Van Dorn, and, it was estimated, some three thousand Indians, under Pike and McIntosh ; in all, between twenty and twenty-five thousand men, with seventy guns. Van Dorn assumed the chief command of them. When General Curtis received information of the re-enforcements of the enemy, he fell back to Sugar Creek, a short distance south of Pea Ridge, in expectation of being attacked. On the 5th of March, Sigel, then at Bentonville, ten miles in advance, received orders to join the army at Pea Ridge. He executed the movement on the 6th. His rear-guard, embracing the Thirty-Sixth Illinois and the Second Missouri, were attacked by four Confederate regiments, but succeeded in cutting their way through, with a loss of twenty-eight killed and wounded, and a number of prisoners. Halting a section of his guns, with bis infantry to sustain them, he would pour the grape and shell into the advancing rebel ranks, until, quailing before the murderous fire, they would break in confusion. Before they they could re-form, Sigel would limber up and fall back behind another portion of liis battery, planted at another turn in the road. IIere the same scene would be enacted, and so on continuously for ten miles. What made this march a most difficult achievement was the condition of the roads, which were in many places very narrow and badly cut up. This brought General Sigel's Division to the west end of Pea Ridge, where he formed a junction with Generals Davis's and Carr's Divisions. On the morning of the 5th, General Van Dorn

• General Ben McCulloch, better known hereto rallied a band of Teran warriors on the hanks of fore as the major of the Tesan Rangers, was born the Guadaloupe, and set out for the seat of war in Rutherford county, Tennessee, in 1814. He join: | on the Rio Grande. His company was acepted ed the Texan army under Gen. Sam Houston, and by General Taylor, and served with crudit st serred allantly at the battle of fan Jacinto, where Monterey and Buena Vista Ile sterward apet Santa Anna was taken prisoner, and his arthy of General Scott's army, and continued with it to fifteen thousind min killerl or taken prisoners. the conquest of the city of Mexico. For his serMcCulloch arterwaris settled in Gonzales county, i rices he was appointed United States Marshal of Texas, and was employed on the frontier sur. Texas by President Pierce. lle caris joined tbe Vering and locating lands. lle frequently led the secession movement, commanded at the battle of wild borler seunts against th Indians and Mexi. | Wilsin's Creek, and was killed at Pea Pidse, Varch cans. When the war broko out with Mexico, he i 7, 1862

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