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gement I took almost my whole staff with me, and also my horses and other means of moving across the country. I went to Fortress Monroe on the evening of the 8th of December. The transportation for the expedition was to be furnished by General Ingalls, General Grant's chief quartermaster. On the 6th I had moved the troops for the navy to wait an hour. See Appendix No. 112. I transmitted that order to General Weitzel on the date of its receipt, See Appendix No. 113. and on the 8th of December at 9.15 A. M. I received a telegram from him stating that he was at Bermuda embarking his troops. See Appendix No. 114. We took out one steamer at Fortress Monroe to make out our complement of transportation. On the night of the 8th of December, I took Lieutenant-Colonel Comstock on board my boat, shook hands with General Grant, and said: Now, we will get off as soon as we can. I went down the river and met Admiral Porter on the morning of the 9th, stating that we were ready to p
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 19: observations upon matters connected with the War. (search)
as charged with having taken a sum of money from one man, another sum from another, and so on, always for his own use; but by an examination of the records of his office, which had been placed in the hands of the acting provost marshal, I found that in every instance the sums were not only admitted to have been taken, but that he had charged himself with those sums on the books to be turned over on the settlement of his accounts. I finished my examination about 11 o'clock P. M., on the 8th of December, and sent an orderly to Colonel Cassels' tent with directions that he should report to me forthwith. He immediately reported to me, and I said to him: You are appointed lieutenant-colonel and aide-de-camp on my staff, and detailed as provost marshal of the department. You will proceed to duty to-morrow morning. I have examined all the complaints against you, and I believe they are all unfounded, and that you are an honest man. He held that office, and fulfilled its duties to my en