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Porter [Public 160, p.27], I request that you furnish me with the original record of the Porter court-martial, the report thereon by Judge-Advocate-General Holt to President Lincoln, and any reply thereto filed with the President before approval of sentence that may be among the records of your office; also a copy of the President's instructions to Colonel Holt, of January 12, 1863.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT N. SCOTT,

Lieutenant-Colonel Third Artillery, in Charge.

WAR DEPARTMENT, JUDGE-ADVOCATE-GENERAL'S OFFICE, Washington, D. C., August 10, 1886.

Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT N. SCOTT,

War Records Office:

COLONEL: In compliance with your request of the 7th instant, I have the honor to transmit herewith the original record of the trial of Brigadier General Fitz John Porter, U. S. Army, together with the exhibits. The original review of the proceedings by Judge-Advocate-General Holt is not on file in this office, and does not appear to have ever been recorded in its books. A printed copy of the report is attached to the record. No reply thereto filed with the President before approval of sentence is found among the records of the office. I also inclose an official copy of the letter of President Lincoln, dated January 12, 1863, directing Judge-Advocate-General Holt to review the proceedings.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. NORMAN LIEBER,

Acting Judge-Advocate-General.

[Inclosure.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, January 12, 1863.

The Judge-Advocate-General is instructed to revise the proceedings of the court-martial in the case of Major General Fitz John Porter, and to report fully upon any legal questions that may have arisen in them, and upon the bearing of the testimony in reference to the charges and specifications exhibited against the accused and upon which he was tried.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

CORINTH

THE WAR OF THE REBELLION:

A COMPILATION OF

THE OFFICIAL RECORDS

OF THE

UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES.

A

PRODUCT OF

H-BAR ENTERPRISES

COPYRIGHT 1995

PREPARED, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, BY Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT N. SCOTT, Third U. S. Artillery,

AND PUBLISHED PURSUANT TO ACT OF CONGRESS APPROVED JUNE 16, 1880

SERIES I-VOLUME XVII-IN TWO PARTS.

PART I-REPORTS.

WASHINGTON:

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

1886.

P R E F A C E .

By an act approved June 23, 1874, Congress made an appropriation "to enable the Secretary of War to begin the publication of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, both of the Union and Confederate Armies," and directed him "to have copied for the Public Printer all reports, letters, telegrams, and general orders not heretofore copied or printed, and properly arranged in chronological order."

Appropriations for continuing such preparation have been made from time to time, and the act approved June 16, 1880, has provided "for the printing and binding, under direction of the Secretary of War, of ten thousand copies of a compilation of the Official Records [Union and Confederate] of the War of the Rebellion, so far as the same may be ready for publication, during the fiscal year"; and that "of said number, seven thousand copies shall be for the use of the House of Representatives, two thousand copies for the use of the Senate, and one thousand copies for the use of the Executive Departments."*

This compilation will be the first general publication of the military records of the war, and will embrace all official documents that can be obtained by the compiler, and that appear to be of any historical value.

*Volumes I-V distributed under act approved June 16, 1880. The act approved August 7, 1882, provides that-

"The volumes of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion shall be distributed as follows; One thousand copies to the Executive Departments, as now provided by law. One thousand copies for distribution by the Secretary of War among officers of the Army and contributors to the work. Eight thousand three hundred copies shall be sent by the Secretary of War to such libraries, organizations, and individuals as may be designated by the Senators, Representatives, and Delegates of the Forty-seventh Congress. Each Senator shall designate not exceeding twenty-six, and each Representative and Delegate not exceeding twenty-one of such addresses, and the volumes shall be sent thereto from time to time as they are published, until the publication is completed. Senators, Representatives, and Delegates shall inform the Secretary of War in each case how many volumes of those heretofore published they have forwarded to such addresses. The remaining copies of the eleven thousand to be published, and all sets that may not be ordered to be distributed as provided herein, shall be sold by the Secretary of War for cost of publication, with ten per cent, added thereto, and the proceeds of such sale shall be covered into the Treasury. If two or more sets of said volumes are ordered to the same address, the Secretary of War shall inform the Senators, Representatives, or Delegates, who have designated the same, who thereupon may designate other libraries, organization, or individuals. The Secretary of War shall report to the first session of the Forty-eighth Congress what volumes of the series heretofore published have not been furnished to such libraries, organizations, and individuals. He shall also inform distributes at whose instance the volumes are sent."

PREFACE.

The publication will present the records in the following order of arrangement:

The First Series will embrace the formal reports, both Union and Confederate, of the first seizures of United States property in the Southern States, and of all military operations in the field, with the correspondence, orders, and returns relating specially thereto, and, as proposed, is to be accompanied by an Atlas.

In this series the reports will be arranged according to the campaigns and several theaters of operations [in the chronological order of the events], and the Union reports of any event will, as a rule, be immediately followed by the Confederate accounts. The correspondence, &c., not embraced in the "reports" proper will follow [first Union and next Confederate] in chronological order.

The Second Series will contain the correspondence, orders, reports, and returns, Union and Confederate, relating to prisoners of war, and [so far as the military authorities were concerned] to State or political prisoners.

The Third Series will contain the correspondence, orders, reports, and returns of the Union authorities [embracing their correspondence with the Confederate officials] not relating specially to the subject of the first and second series. It will set forth the annual and special reports of the Secretary of War, of the General-in-Chief, and of the chiefs of the several staff corps and departments; the calls for troops, and the correspondence between the National and the several authorities.

The Fourth Series will exhibit the correspondence, orders, reports, and returns of the Confederate authorities, similar to that indicated for the Union officials, as of the third series, but excluding the correspondence between the Union and Confederate authorities given in that series.

ROBERT N. SCOTT,

Major Third Art., and Bvt. Lieutenant Colonel

WAR DEPARTMENT, August 23, 1880.

Approved:

ALEX. RAMSEY,

Secretary of War.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER XXIX.

Page.

Operations in West Tennessee and Northern

Mississippi. June 10, 1862-January 20, 1863 1-807

BLANK.

CONTENTS OF PRECEDING VOLUMES.

VOLUME I.

CHAPTER I. Page.

Operations in Charleston Harbor,

South Carolina. December 20, 1860-

April 14, 1861.................... 1-317

CHAPTER II.

The secession of Georgia. January

3-26, 1861......................... 318-325

CHAPTER III.

The secession of Alabama and

Mississippi, January 4-20, 1861.... 326-330

CHAPTER IV.

Operations in Florida. January 6-

August 31, 1861................... 331-473

CHAPTER V.

The secession of North Carolina.

January 9-May 20, 1861............ 474-488

CHAPTER VI.

The secession of Louisiana. January

10-February 10, 1861............... 489-501

CHAPTER VII.

Operations in Texas and New Mexico.

February 1-June 11, 1861.......... 502-636

CHAPTER VIII.

Operations in Arkansas, the Indian

Territory, and Missouri. February 7-

May 9, 1861....................... 637-691

VOLUME II.

CHAPTER IX. Page

Operations in Maryland, Pennsylvania,

Virginia, and West Virginia. April

16-July 31, 1861. 1-1012

VOLUME III.

CHAPTER X. Page

Operations in Missouri, Arkansas,

Kansas, and Indian Territory. May

10-November 19, 1861. 1-749

VOLUME IV.

CHAPTER XI. Page

Operations in Texas, New Mexico, and

Arizona. June 11, 1861-February 1,

1862. 1-174

CHAPTER XII.

Operations in Kentucky and Tennessee.

July 1-November 19, 1861............ 175-565

CHAPTER XIII.

Operations in North Carolina and South-

eastern Virginia. August 1, 1861-January

11, 1862................................566-721

VOLUME V.

CHAPTER XIV. Page

Operations in Maryland, Northern Virginia,

and West Virginia. August 1, 1861-March

17, 1862. 1-1106

VOLUME VI.

CHAPTER XV. Page

Operations on the coasts of South Carolina,

Georgia, and Middle and East Florida.

August 21, 1861-April 11, 1862........... 1-435

CHAPTER XVI. Page

Operations in West Florida, Southern

Alabama, Southern Mississippi, and

Louisiana. September 1, 1861-May 12,

1862. 436-894

VOLUME VII.

CHAPTER XVII. Page

Operations in Kentucky, Tennessee,

N. Alabama, and S. W. Virginia. Nov.19,

1861-March 4, 1862. 1-946

CONTENTS OF PRECEDING VOLUMES.

VOLUME VIII.

CHAPTER XVIII. Page

Operations in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas,

and Indian Territory. Nov.19, 1861-April

10, 1862. 1-834

VOLUME IX.

CHAPTER XIX. Page

Operations in Southeastern Virginia.

January 11-March 17, 1862............... 1-71

CHAPTER XX.

Operations in North Carolina. January

11-August 20, 1862....................... 72-480

CHAPTER XXI. Page

Operations in Texas, New Mexico, and

Arizona. February 1-September 20, 1862 481-736

VOLUME X-IN TWO PARTS.

CHAPTER XXII.

Operations in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Mississippi, North Alabama, and Southwest Virginia. March 4-June 10, 1862.

Page

Part I - Reports............................ 1-927

Part II-Correspondence, etc................. 1-642

VOLUME XI-IN THREE PARTS.

CHAPTER XXIII.

The Peninsular Campaign, Virginia. March 17-September

2, 1862.

Page

Part I - Reports, March 24 ............... 1-1073

Part II- Reports, June 25-September 2..... 1-994

Part III-Correspondence, etc.............. 1-691

VOLUME XII-IN THREE PARTS.

CHAPTER XXIV.

Operations in Northern Virginia, West Virginia, and

Maryland. March 17-September 2, 1862.

Page

Part I - Reports, March 17-June 25.......... 1-818

Part II- Reports, June 26-September 2....... 1-820

Part III-Correspondence,etc................. 1-966

VOLUME XIII.

CHAPTER XXV. Page

Operations in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas,

the Indian Territory, and the Department of

the Northwest. April 10-November 20, 1862 1-981

VOLUME XIV.

CHAPTER XXVI. Page

Operations on the coasts of South Carolina,

Georgia, and Middle and East Florida. April

12, 1862-June 11, 1863 ..................... 1-1025

VOLUME XV.

CHAPTER XXVII. Page

Operations in West Florida, Southern Alabama,

Southern Mississippi [embracing all operations

against Vicksburg, May 18-July 27, 1862], and

Louisiana, May 12, 1862-May 14, 1863; and opera-

tions in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona,

September 20, 1862-May 14, 1863.............. 1-1135

VOLUME XVI.

CHAPTER XXVIII.

Operations in Kentucky, Middle and East Tennessee,

North Alabama, and Southwest Virginia. June 10-

October 31, 1862.

Page

Part I. - Reports............................ 1-1168

Part II.- Correspondence, etc................ 1-1017