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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
enant-general of our armies. Mr. Ross, of Illinois, offered an amendment, recommending General Grant for the office. In this shape the proposition was carried Feb. 1. in the House by a vote of 111 to 44, and it was concurred in by the Senate Feb. 24. by a vote of 81 to 6, after it was amended by making the office perpetual, and prescribing that the Lieutenant-General should be, under the President, the General-in-Chief of the Armies of the Republic. A Committee of Conference was appointed,s under General Morgan and Colonel Hambright, fell back. It was now between two and three o'clock in the afternoon. The Nationals passed on, Morgan and Colonel D. McCook in advance, keeping up a close pursuit of Wheeler, and at five o'clock Feb. 24. approached the range of hills called Rocky Face Ridge, one of which, near Dalton, rises into a lofty peak, called Buzzard's Roost. Through a deep gorge in that; ridge the railway and turnpike passed. It was a strong defensive position,, and t