largely by his own untiring exertions, and in the battles yet to be they will show their metal. They did their duty in the late battle, as did he; but it seems that we are to get no credit for it. If you will look at the reports of Generals Sherman and McClernand of Grant's army, you will see what Buell and his men did. We are content with ourselves.4
We have here a good large Kentucky army. It did well on the day of the battle. I am greatly gratified at it, & do not forget that you more than all others, aided me in getting these men into the field. But for you probably it had never been done; for I could not have done anything without the countenance of the government and that in all human probability I had never obtained without you. The thing once started went well enough. My old regiment the "Louisville Legion" covered itself with glory. It is a "cast iron" regiment. We are now within a very few miles of the enemy, and before you read this, we may have another battle, and I believe another victory.
If, my honored and excellent friend, you lose patience in reading this long letter, I shall regret having written it. At any rate.
I am my dear Sir
Very truly yours.
LOVELL H. ROUSSEAU.
|A number of newspaper reports emerged soon after the battle of Shiloh that reinforced early impressions of overwhelming Confederate victory. James Lee McDonough , Shiloh--in Hell before Night ( Knoxville, 1977), 218.|
|William Tecumseh Sherman.|
|William C. Carroll (b. 1837) was one of Brig. Gen. John A. Logan's staff officers and a correspondent for several newspapers, but whether he served as one of Grant's aides is uncertain. The article, which appeared in the New York Tribune on April 9, claimed that Confederates lost twice as many men as their opponents. "William C. Carroll in the "Civil War," The Ulysses S. Grant Association Newsletter 10 ( Jan. 1973): 1-2, 9, 12.|
|" Rousseau's brigade moved in splendid order steadily to the front," wrote William T. Sherman, "sweeping everything before it. . . ." According to McClernand, "repulse seemed inevitable, but fortunately the Louisville Legion, forming part of General Rousseau's brigade, came up at my request and succored me." OR, ser. 1, v. 10:120, 252.|
Letterpress copy of autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Wash Apl. 18 18621
I am perhaps to blame for not replying immediately to your telegram in cypher; but having no cypher and thinking it unadvisable to reply otherwise by telegraph neglected doing so in any way. 2
The subject of your telegram had been much discussed here in my absence & the Prest. determined, of his own thought, to detain McDowell's corps:3 Neither Gen. McD.----- nor any of his friends was consulted or advised till after the resolution had been [taken.]