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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xviii. (search)
Xviii. General Grant reached Washington, after his nomination to the Lieutenant-Generalship, the evening of March 8th, 1864. His reception at Willard's Hotel, unaccompanied by staff or escort, was an event never to be forgotten by those who witnessed it. Later in the evening he attended the Presidential levee, entering the reception-room unannounced. He was recognized and welcomed by the President with the utmost cordiality, and the distinguished stranger was soon nearly overwhelmed by the pressure of the crowd upon him. Secretary Seward at length mounting a sofa, pulled the modest hero up by his side, where he stood for some time, bowing his acknowledgments to the tumultuous assemblage. He subsequently remarked that this was his warmest campaign during the war. The next day at one o'clock he was formally presented by the President with his commission as Lieutenant-General. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Cabinet, the Hon. Mr. Lovejoy, and several officers
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 47: the Maryland line and the Kilpatrick and Dahlgren raid. (search)
aying throughout the very highest qualities of a soldier. He is admirably fitted for the cavalry service, and I trust it will not be deemed an interference on my part to urge, as emphatically as I can, his promotion. General Hampton presented Colonel Johnson with a sabre in compliment for his having thus saved Richmond from capture, and General Elzey, who commanded the Department of Richmond, issued an order of which the following is an extract: headquarters, Department of Richmond, March 8, 1864. General Orders, No. 10. To Colonel Eradley T. Johnson and the officers and soldiers under his command, the thanks of the Major-General are especially due for the prompt and vigorous manner in which they pursued the enemy from Beaver Dam to Richmond, and thence to Panlunkey, and down the Peninsula, making repeated charges, capturing many prisoners and horses, and thwarting any attempt of the enemy to charge them. General G. W. C. Lee said: A short distance beyond the fortifi
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Sigel in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. (search)
Sigel in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. by Franz Sigel, Major-General, U. S. V. On the 8th of March, 1864, while in command of the District of Lehigh, with headquarters at Reading, Pennsylvania, I received an order from the President appointing me to the command of the Department of West Virginia, and on the 10th of the same month I arrived at Cumberland, the headquarters of the department. As this was the time when General Grant assumed the chief command of the armies and began his preparations for the campaign of 1864, it seemed to me necessary to subordinate all military arrangements in the department to the paramount object of making the bulk of our forces available as an auxiliary force in the prospective campaign. It was also necessary to protect the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the shortest line of communication between Washington and Cincinnati. To reach these ends a system of defensive measures was applied to the line of that road, and the troops were concentrated
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 10: the last invasion of Missouri.--events in East Tennessee.--preparations for the advance of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
lle, where he was checked by a superior force, with a battery. Then he turned northward, in the direction of Stannardsville, skirmishing at times with Confederate cavalry; and then returned to camp, followed by a large number of refugees from slavery. This menace of the railway communication with the Shenandoah Valley, and the attacks on Richmond, produced the greatest alarm. When the danger disappeared, General Elzy, See page 896, volume II. in command at the Confederate capital, March 8, 1864. issued a congratulatory order, that produced a pleasant quietude in the public mind, which was but little disturbed again until Lieutenant-General Grant made his appearance, at the beginning of May, like a baleful meteor in the firmament. We have seen that Lieutenant-General Grant, in his first order after assuming chief command, declared his Headquarters to be with the Army of the Potomac until further orders. A week afterward he arrived March 23. in Washington City from the West,
ven and campaigns made to carry them out. Whether they might have been better in conception and execution is for the people, who mourn the loss of friends fallen, and who have to pay the pecuniary cost, to say. All I can say is, that what I have done has been done conscientiously, to the best of my ability, and in what I conceived to be for the best interests of the whole country. Such were the views wherewith Gen. Grant, summoned from the West by telegraph, repaired to Washington March 8, 1864. to receive his commission and instructions as Lieutenant-General commanding all the forces of the Union. He was formally introduced, next day, to the President and Cabinet; when he was addressed by the former as follows: General Grant: The Nation's appreciation of what you have already done, and its reliance upon you for what still remains to be done in the existing great struggle, are now presented with this commission constituting you Lieutenant-General of the armies of the Unite
freely if they were driven away from Dalton, large numbers of them would throw down their arms and fight no more. Respectfully submitted. James Lamon. (Indorsed.) headquarters Fourteenth army corps, Chattanooga, March 8. Respectfully forwarded for the information of the General Commanding. John M. Palmer, Major-General Commanding. Lieutenant-Colonel Porter's report. headquarters Department of the Cumberland, Office Chief Commissary of subsistence, Chattanooga, Tenn., March 8, 1864. Captain S. C. Kellogg, A. D. C., Headquarters Department of the Cumberland, Chattanooga, Tenn.: Captain: In reply to your letter of to-day, I have the honor to inform you that the average daily issues of subsistence stores to destitute citizens for the month of January, 1864, was 68631/14 rations, and for the month of February, 1864, the average daily issue was 294429/7 rations. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. P. Porter, Lieut.-Colonel and Chief C. S. D. C. Rep
Doc. 82.-operations at West-Bay, Florida. Report of Admiral Bailey. United States flag-ship Dale, Key West, March 8, 1864. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith the reports of acting volunteer Lieutenant W. R. Browne, giving the details of two expeditions lately sent out from the United States bark Restless, to destroy certain newly-erected salt-works, the property, as he states, of the rebel government. The object of the expedition was, in each instance, successfully accomplished. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, T. Bailey, A. R. Admiral, Commanding E. G. B. Squadron. United States bark Restless, St. Andrew's Bay, Florida, February 17, 1864. sir: I have the honor to make the following report: Learning that the rebels had erected new government salt-works, on West-Bay, on the site of the old salt-works destroyed by us in December, and that they had a force of fifty men armed and stationed there for
forges, a complete set of artillery-harness, and eight wagons loaded with commissary stores, were destroyed during the raid. Captain Paine, of the Topographical Engineers, accompanied the expedition for the purpose of making observations, and gained very important and valuable information appertaining to his department. We lost none in killed, and but ten or twelve wounded. We lost none in prisoners. Another account. headquarters Second Rhode-Island volunteers, Brandy Station, March 8, 1864. On Friday evening, the twenty-sixth ultimo, our entire corps, the Sixth, together with the Third division of the Third, received orders to be prepared to move early on Saturday morning with five days rations and forty rounds of ammunition. All baggage, stores and tents were to be left, and the weak and sick were to remain as camp-guards. Already our pickets had been relieved by the First division of the Third corps, and the extra rations issued. We at once concluded that this was
un ends in a hempen rope, as we trust it will, Hogan will cease to estimate his business a joke. Hogan disposed of for the present, we would inquire who is this John C. Babcock who sent Hogan on his own horse to Dahlgren? If found, he should certainly be sent headlong after Dahlgren, or brought to Richmond to participate in whatever fate awaits the outlaws of his command held here,--Richmond Examiner, March 8. Gen. Elzey's congratulations. headquarters Department of Richmond, March 8, 1864. General orders, no. 10. The Major-General commanding congratulates the troops upon their completely successful defence of the city of Richmond, and its rescue from the ravages of the invader. The enemy was gallantly repulsed on the north side by Colonel Stevens's command, and on the west by Brigadier-General G. W. C. Lee's troops. Their conduct is entitled to the highest praise and credit. To Colonel Bradley T. Johnston, and the officers and soldiers under his command, the
twenty-third of December, 1863. No. Liv.--The Joint Resolution to drop from the Rolls of the Army unemployed General Officers. In the House, on the eighth of March, 1864, Mr. Schenck, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported a joint resolution to drop from the rolls of the army unemployed general officers, which wasdent on the ninth of April, 1864. No. Lxiv.--The Bill to increase the Rank, Pay, and Emoluments of the Provost-Marshal General. In the House, on the eighth of March, 1864, Mr. Schenck, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill to amend an act for enrolling and calling out the national forces, so as to increase ent on the second of July, 1864. No. Lxxi.--The Bill to provide for the better Organization of the Quartermaster's Department. In the Senate, on the eighth of March, 1864, Mr. Wilson introduced a bill to provide for the better organization of the quartermaster's department, which was read twice and referred to the Military C
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