Life and Public Services of Edwin M. Stanton - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER LIII

The Battle of Williamsburg. -- McClellan says Battle was an Accident due to Rapidity of Pursuit of the Enemy ordered by him. -- How he saved the Day by Two Orders, neither of which he says was executed.

AFTER the evacuation of Yorktown, General McClellan ordered the pursuit of the enemy towards Williamsburg under two separate and conflicting commands. General Sumner, in his official report, states that he received an order from General McClellan to take command of the troops in pursuit of the enemy. General Heintzelman, in his report, states that his instructions directed him to take 11 control of the entire movement."

The enemy made a stand at Williamsburg, and on Monday, May 5, a severe battle took place, resulting in a Union victory with a loss of 450 killed and 1400 wounded.1 General McClellan himself, as be says in his report, "remained at Yorktown, pushing General Franklin and his troops" up the York River to West Point. To his wife he wrote, May 6: --

ortunately I did not go with the advance myself, being obliged to remain to get Franklin and Sedgwick started up the river for West Point.

It certainly was unfortunate that these able generals

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In his Own Story, page 322, General McClellan says: "The battle of Williamsburg was an accident brought about by the rapid pursuit of our troops". He ordered the pursuit; strange that its success in overtaking the enemy should have been regarded by him as "an accident."

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations *
  • Life of Edwin M. Stanton 1
  • Part II - The Secession Winter. -- Stanton in Buch­ Anan's Cabinet 81
  • Chapter XII 81
  • Chapter XIII 94
  • Chapter XIV 106
  • Chapter XV 111
  • Chapter XVI 121
  • Chapter XVII 127
  • Chapter XVIII 131
  • Chapter XIX 142
  • Chapter XX 149
  • Chapter XXI 160
  • Chapter XXII 165
  • Chapter XXIII 176
  • Chapter XXIV 187
  • Part III - Stanton's Discontent. -- Opening of the Rebellion 191
  • Chapter XXV 191
  • Chapter XXVI 197
  • Chapter XXVII 208
  • Chapter XXVIII 212
  • Chapter XXIX 219
  • Chapter XXX 226
  • Part IV - Stanton as Secretary of War 238
  • Chapter XXXI 238
  • Chapter XXXII 246
  • Chapter XXXIII 250
  • Chapter XXXIV 255
  • Chapter XXXV 258
  • Chapter XXXVI 262
  • Chapter XXXVII 268
  • Chapter XXXVIII 277
  • Chapter Xxxix 283
  • Chapter XL 288
  • Chapter XLI - The Capture of Memphis. 297
  • Chapter XLII 300
  • Chapter XLIII 313
  • Chapter XLIV 321
  • Part V - Mcclellan's Peninsular Campaign and His Preliminary Movements 326
  • Chapter XLV 326
  • Chapter XLVI 336
  • Chapter XLVII 345
  • Chapter XLVIII 350
  • Chapter Xlix 360
  • Chapter L 366
  • Chapter LI 376
  • Chapter LII 381
  • Chapter LIII 391
  • Chapter Liv 398
  • Chapter LV 403
  • Chapter LVI 414
  • Chapter LVII 425
  • Chapter LIX 440
  • Chapter LX - The Seven Days' Battles. 447
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