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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter I (search)
appointed at that revelation of the truth from the lips of the superior whom I so highly respected, and did not doubt for a moment his better judgment, I could not be unmindful of the fact that the other tactical officers did not know me so well, and had not so high a reputation as Lieutenant Jones in respect to discipline; and I felt at liberty to avail myself, in my own interest, of the opportunity suggested by this reflection. Hence, when, after my complete restoration to the academy in January, I found my demerits accumulating with alarming rapidity, I applied for and obtained a transfer to Company C, where I would be under Lieutenant Cogswell and Cadet Captain Vincent, my beloved classmate, who had cordially invited me to share his room in barracks. John B. Hood was a jolly good fellow, a little discouraged at first by unexpected hard work; but he fought his way manfully to the end. He was not quite so talented as some of his great associates in the Confederate army, but he
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter VIII (search)
of the course especially he found very hard—so much so that he became discouraged. After the unauthorized festivities of Christmas, particularly, he seemed much depressed. On the 26th he asked me which I would prefer to be, an officer of the army or a farmer in Kentucky? I replied in a way which aroused his ambition to accomplish what he had set out to do in coming to West Point, without regard to preference between farming and soldiering. He went to work in good earnest, and passed the January examination, though by a very narrow margin. From that time on he did not seem to have so much difficulty. When we were fighting each other so desperately, fifteen years later, I wondered whether Hood remembered the encouragement I had given him to become a soldier, and came very near thinking once or twice that perhaps I had made a mistake. But I do not believe that public enmity ever diminished my personal regard for my old friend and classmate. In thinking of McPherson, I recall an
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XVII (search)
h two or three corps, while he sent back to Thomas ample force to dispose of Hood. Then, if the result of the operations of a larger force in Tennessee had been as decisive as they actually were with the smaller one Thomas had, Sherman could have recalled to Atlanta all of the troops he had sent to Tennessee, and thus marched toward Virginia with eighty-five or ninety or even one hundred thousand men, instead of sixty thousand. All this could have surely been accomplished by the middle of January, or before the time when Sherman actually began his march from Savannah. From Atlanta to Columbia, South Carolina, crossing the Savannah River at or above Augusta, is an easier march than that from Savannah to Columbia. Or if Sherman had not cared about paying a visit to Columbia en route, he could have taken the much shorter Piedmont route to Charlotte, North Carolina, and thence northward by whichever route he pleased. Instead of retaining the dominant attitude of master, Sherman lost
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XVIII (search)
f the method he adopted to accomplish his purpose to supersede him. The action of Grant in this case well foreshadowed that which occurred when he was tendered the commission of lieutenant-general and the command of all the armies. Grant would not hold any commission or command without full authority to perform the duties belonging to it. In his Memoirs he modestly refrains from relating the most important part of that action, as he told it to me on the war-steamer Rhode Island the next January. Before accepting the commission from President Lincoln, as Grant describes, he said in substance that if it meant that he was to exercise actual command of all the armies, without any interference from the War Department, he was willing to accept it, otherwise he could not. To illustrate what he meant, Grant said to me that when he was coming East to accept that commission he determined that he would not be McClellanized. The personal observation, experience, and emotions of an indivi
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
yetteville, Ark., military movements near, 62 Fiat money, 531-534 Fifth Missouri Regiment, in battle of Wilson's Creek, 47 Fighting-cocks, an illustration, 305, 306 Finance, the laws of, 532-534 Financial education, 533 First Indiana Cavalry, action at Fredericktown, Mo., Oct. 20, 21, 1861, 52, 53 First Kansas Infantry, service in Missouri, 37 First Military District, Virginia formed into the, 395; S. appointed commander of, 395, 397 First Missouri Artillery (late 1st Mo. V. I.), in action near Fredericktown, Mo., 51-53 First Missouri Volunteer Infantry, its record and services, 35; S. appointed major of, 35; in battle of Boonville, 37; S. assumes command of, 48; converted into artillery, 48, 50, 51. See also first Missouri artillery. First Missouri Volunteers (colored), organization of the, 99 First U. S. Artillery, ordered to Fort Moultrie, 18; S. appointed second lieutenant in, 19, 183; outbreak of yellow fever in, 20, 183 First U. S. Cavalry