Battle of Shiloh Continues; So Does Battle with McClellan

April 7, 1862

In Tennessee, the Union Army wins a bloody victory at Shiloh; one victim was the Confederate half-brother of Mary Todd Lincoln.  Many of Mary’s siblings sided with the Confederates.

 

Annoyed at President Lincoln’s telegram the previous day stating that he had over 100,000 soldiers at his dispoal, General George B. McClellan replied: Your telegram of yesterday received.  In reply I have the honor to state that my entire force for duty only amounts to about eighty five thousand (85,000) men.  General Wool’s command as you will observe from the accompanying order has been taken out of my control, although he has most cheerfully cooperated with me.

The only use that can be made of his command is to protect my communications in rear of this point.  At this time only fifty three thousand (53,000) men have joined me, but they are coming up as rapidly as my means of transportation will permit.

Please refer to my dispatch to the Secretary of War of tonight for the details of our present situation.

G. B. McClellan
Maj. Genl.

Return of March 31st 1862 shows men for duty —  171,602

Deduct — 1st Corps Inft & Arty   32,119

Blenker 8,616

Banks 21,759

Wadsworth 19,308

Cavalry of 1st Corps — say 1,600

“       Blenker 800

Van Alen & Wyndam 1,600

For Duty 85,810

Officers about 3,900

Total absent from whole command  23,796

President Lincoln signs an important treaty with Great Britain to suppress the slave trade.

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