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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter I (search)
I walked across the plain in full view of the crowd of officers and ladies, and appeared in ranks at roll-call, as innocent as anybody. It is true my up-train did not stop at Garrison's or Cold Spring, but the conductor, upon a hint as to the necessity of the case, kindly slacked the speed of the express so that I could jump off from the rear platform. In due time I repaid Bonaparte the borrowed five dollars, but the wager was never paid. The only other bet I made at West Point was on Buchanan's election; but that was in the interest of a Yankee who was not on speaking terms with the Southerner who offered the wager. I have never had any disposition to wager anything on chance, but have always had an irresistible inclination to back my own skill whenever it has been challenged. The one thing most to be condemned in war is the leaving to chance anything which by due diligence might be foreseen. In the preparations for defense, especially, there is no longer any need that anythi
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter VI (search)
t the soldiers themselves do no wrong. Yours truly, A. Lincoln. Hdqrs., Dept. Of the Missouri, St. Louis, Nov. 9th, 1863. Mr. President: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your confidential letter dated Oct. 28th, and containing the names of men enlisted in the militia of northwest Missouri who are said to have been disloyal. On my visit to Kansas and northwest Missouri during the troubles there in September last, I examined personally into the difficulties in Platte, Buchanan, and other western counties, and learned fully their nature and origin. I at once ordered the reorganization of the militia, which created so much commotion for a time, but which has restored that portion of the State to a condition of profound peace. I have watched the progress of affairs there closely, and have kept myself fully advised of all the facts. It is true that about twice as many former rebels as were named by your informants are in the militia organization, amounting to fr
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
eckinridge, Maj.-Gen. John C., in the Sherman-Johnston negotiations, 351,352 Brentwood, Tenn., request for ammunition to be sent to, 187; proposal to send Smith to, 221, 223-225; S. proposes to stand at, 223-225; proposal to send Steedman to, 225; S.'s arrival at, 226; military operations near, 264, 270 Bristol, Ill., the Schofield family in, 1 Broadhead, Col. James O., attitude on emancipation, 90; supersedes Dick as provost-marshal-general, 96, 97; letter from S., 107, 108 Buchanan, James, a bet on the election of, 8 Buchanan County, Mo., alleged arming of disloyal persons in, 105 Buell, Maj.-Gen. Don C., Thomas's service under, 189 Bull Run, Va., battle of, 525 Bull's Gap, held by Longstreet, 115, 116 Bureau of Engineering, prepares plans of sea-coast defense, 484-486 Bureau of Ordnance, prepares plans for sea-coast defense, 484-486 Burnside, Maj.-Gen. Ambrose E., at Knoxville, 113, 114; wreck of his army, 113, 114; ordered to join the Army of the P