Recollections of the Civil War: With the Leaders at Washington and in the Fields in the Sixties
Recollections of the Civil War: With the Leaders at Washington and in the Fields in the Sixties - Charles A. Dana. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Charles Dana was forty-four years old and a respected journalist at Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. Greeley objected to Dana’s pro-war sentiment and requested his resignation in 1862, at which time Dana was approached by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton with an offer to work for the War Department. Dana would serve the department in various capacities until he was appointed special commissioner, and sent to the front to investigate the paymasters of the Western Army in March, 1863. By April, Dana was operating out of the headquarters of General Grant and was reporting to the department about events at the front via an extensive network of couriers. This text is drawn mainly from these field reports and from Dana’s personal collection of papers and memoirs, enriched by numerous character sketches. Charles Dana was Assistant Secretary of War from 1863 to 1865. Dana’s experiences at Chickamauga, Chattanooga and the Wilderness in particular are vividly recounted. Chapters include: From the Tribune to the War Department, At the Front with Grant’s Army, Before and Around Vicksburg, In Camp and Battle with Grant and His Generals, Some Contemporary Portraits, The Siege of Vicksburg, Pemberton’s Surrender, With the Army of the Cumberland, The Removal of Rosecrans, Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge, The War Department in War Times, Abraham Lincoln and His Cabinet, The Army of the Potomac in ’64, The Great Game between Grant and Lee, The March on Petersburg, Early’s Raid and the Washington Panic, The Secret Service of the War, A Visit to Sheridan in the Valley, “On to Richmond” at Last!, and The Closing Scenes at Washington. The original index of subjects has been retained for this edition. (1898, 2001), 2016, 5½x8½, paper, index, 310 pp.