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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Advance on Monterey-the Black Fort-the battle of Monterey-surrender of the City (search)
certainly ten thousand men, was in command. General Taylor's force was about six thousand five hundred strong, in three divisions, under Generals [William O.] Butler, Twiggs and Worth. The troops went into camp at Walnut Springs, while the engineer officers, under Major [Joseph] Mansfield — a General in the late war-commenced road, and of carrying the detached works outside the city, in that quarter. He started on his march early in the afternoon of the 20th. The divisions under Generals Butler and Twiggs were drawn up to threaten the east and north sides of the city and the works on those fronts, in support of the movement under General Worth. Worew position and captured the forts on both heights in that quarter. This gave him possession of the upper or west end of Monterey. Troops from both Twiggs's and Butler's divisions were in possession of the east end of the town, but the Black Fort to the north of the town and the plaza in the centre were still in the possession o
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Promotion to first Lieutenant-capture of the City of Mexico-the Army-Mexican soldiers- peace negotiations (search)
Brevet Brigadier-General Towson, the paymaster of the army, Brigadier-General [Caleb] Cushing and Colonel [William G.] Belknap, to inquire into the conduct of the accused and the accuser, and shortly afterwards orders were received from Washington, relieving Scott of the command of the army in the field and assigning Major- General William 0. Butler of Kentucky to the place. This order also released Pillow, Worth, and Duncan from arrest. If a change was to be made the selection of General Butler was agreeable to every one concerned, so far as I remember to have heard expressions on the subject. There were many who regarded the treatment of General Scott as harsh and unjust. It is quite possible that the vanity of the General had led him to say and do things that afforded a plausible pretext to the administration for doing just what it did and what it had wanted to do from the start. The court tried the accuser quite as much as the accused. It was adjourned before completing
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, The military situation-plans for the campaign-sheridan assigned to command of the cavalry-flank movements-forrest at Fort Pillow-General Banks's expedition-colonel Mosby-an incident of the Wilderness campaign (search)
he Army of the James, under General [Benjamin] Butler, as the left wing, and all the troops south, a him to commence too early. Gillmore joins Butler with ten thousand men, and the two operate agasouth side of the James River. This will give Butler thirty-three thousand men to operate with, W. us possession of stores on which Lee relied. Butler was to advance by the James River, having Richve. Before the advance commenced I visited Butler at Fort Monroe. This was the first time I hadm to the command of one of the corps under General Butler. I was not long in finding out that the otions we start with hold out. We separate from Butler so that he cannot be directed how to co-operat fall back into his intrenchments at Richmond, Butler's force and yours will be a unit, or at least r to have the garrisons engaged there added to Butler's command. If success attended our arms both forward to his advance. On the following day Butler was notified of my intended advance on the 4th[3 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Commencement of the Grand campaign-general Butler's position-sheridan's first raid (search)
Commencement of the Grand campaign-general Butler's position-sheridan's first raid The armies wLee's army. At midnight they turned back, and Butler by daylight was far up the James River. He se first step contemplated in my instructions to Butler. He was to act from here, looking to Richmondering reinforcements. On the 16th he attacked Butler with great vigor, and with such success as to f the Potomac, leaving a sufficient force with Butler to man his works, hold securely the footing heosed. Previous to ordering any troops from Butler I sent my chief engineer, General [John G.] Bag that the position was like a bottle and that Butler's line of intrenchments across the neck represim across the neck; and it was therefore as if Butler was in a bottle. He was perfectly safe againsmove on to the James River and draw these from Butler's supplies. This move took him past the entirames River below the city, to communicate with Butler and to rest his men and horses as well as to g[11 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Left flank movement across the Chickahominy and James-General Lee-visit to Butler-the movement on Petersburg-the investment of Petersburg (search)
rote: Cold Harbor, Va. June 11, 1864 Major-Gen. B. F. Butler, Commanding Department of Va. and N. ey could be sunk or captured by our navy. General Butler had, in advance, loaded some vessels with s already stated, I had previously ordered General Butler to have two vessels loaded with stone and federate gunboats from coming down the river. Butler had had these boats filled and put in positioneamer and ran up to Bermuda Hundred to see General Butler for the purpose of directing a movement agrs to City Point for the purpose of giving General Butler more troops with which to accomplish this result. General Butler was ordered to send Smith with his troops reinforced, as far as that could bot off from there. While there I informed General Butler that Hancock's corps would cross the river in writing, the directions I had given to General Butler and directed him (Meade) to cross Hancock' take their place before we discovered it. General Butler took advantage of this and moved a force a
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Raid on the Virginia Central Railroad-raid on the Weldon Railroad-Early's movement upon Washington-mining the works before Petersburg-explosion of the mine before Petersburg- campaign in the Shenandoah Valley-capture of the Weldon Railroad (search)
k upon us — the object being to put us on the defensive so that he might detach troops to go to Georgia where the Army Sherman was operating against was said to be in great trouble. I put The Richmond campaign the army commanders, Meade and Butler, on the lookout, but the attack was not made. I concluded, then, a few days later, to do something in the way of offensive movement myself, having in view something of the same object that Lee had had. Wright's and Emory's corps were in Washi, therefore, to get as many of Lee's troops away from the south side of the James River as possible. Accordingly, on the 26th, we commenced a movement with Hancock's corps and Sheridan's cavalry to the north side by the way of Deep Bottom, where Butler had a pontoon bridge laid. The plan, in the main, was to let the cavalry cut loose and, joining with Kautz's cavalry of the Army of the James, get by Lee's lines and destroy as much as they could of the Virginia Central Railroad, while, in the m
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Sheridan's advance-visit to Sheridan-Sheridan's victory in the Shenandoah-Sheridan's ride to Winchester-close of the campaign for the winter (search)
ack with heavy loss in killed, wounded and prisoners, and the loss of all the artillery. This was followed up by an attack on our intrenched infantry line, but was repulsed with severe slaughter. On the 13th a reconnaissance was sent out by General Butler, with a view to drive the enemy from some new works he was constructing, which resulted in heavy loss to us. On the 24th I ordered General Meade to attempt to get possession of the South Side Railroad, and for that purpose to advance on t, the most advanced of our troops not getting nearer than within six miles of the point aimed for. Seeing the impossibility of its accomplishment I ordered the troops to withdraw, and they were all back in their former positions the next day. Butler, by my directions, also made a demonstration on the north side of the James River in order to support this move, by detaining there the Confederate troops who were on that side. He succeeded in this, but failed of further results by not marching
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, The campaign in Georgia-Sherman's March to the sea-war anecdotes-the March on Savannah- investment of Savannah-capture of Savannah (search)
til bottom has been struck. I have never had a fear, however, for the result. Since you left Atlanta, no very great progress has been made here. The enemy has been closely watched though, and prevented from detaching against you. I think not one man has gone from here, except some twelve or fifteen hundred dismounted cavalry. Bragg has gone from Wilmington. I am trying to take advantage of his absence to get possession of that place. Owing to some preparations Admiral Porter and General Butler are making to blow up Fort Fisher (which, while hoping for the best, I do not believe a particle in), there is a delay in getting this expedition off. I hope they will be ready to start by the 7th, and that Bragg will not have started back by that time. In this letter I do not intend to give you anything like directions for future action, but will state a general idea I have, and will get your views after you have established yourself on the sea-coast. With your veteran Army I hope
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Expedition against Fort Fisher-attack on the Fort-failure of the expedition-second expedition against the Fort-capture of Fort Fisher (search)
expedition, but gave instructions through General Butler. He commanded the department within whose play in the reduction of Fort Fisher. General Butler chose to go in command of the expedition h few of these troops arrived the very day that Butler was ready to advance. On the 24th the flee fort had not been injured, and so reported to Butler, advising against an assault. Ames, who had g of the reserves. These prisoners reported to Butler that sixteen hundred of Hoke's division of sixld soon be in his rear. Upon these reports Butler determined to withdraw his troops from the penrse from the inside of the stockade. At night Butler informed Porter of his withdrawal, giving the n twenty yards of the fort, and he begged that Butler would leave some brave fellows like those who s's brigade, and started back. In doing this, Butler made a fearful mistake. My instructions to his soon as they could be got on shore. But General Butler seems to have lost sight of this part of h[4 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Arrival of the peace commissioners-lincoln and the peace commissioners-an anecdote of Lincoln-the winter before Petersburg-Sheridan Destroys the Railroad — Gordon Carries the picket line-parke Recaptures the line-the battle of White Oak road (search)
Then, too, desertions were taking place, not only among those who were with General Lee in the neighborhood of their capital, but throughout the whole Confederacy. I remember that in a conversation with me on one occasion long prior to this, General Butler remarked that the Confederates would find great difficulty in getting more men for their army; possibly adding, though I am not certain as to this, unless they should arm the slave. The South, as we all knew, were conscripting every able-b of boys from fourteen to eighteen, calling them the junior reserves, and men from forty-five to sixty to be called the senior reserves. The latter were to hold the necessary points not in immediate danger, and especially those in the rear. General Butler, in alluding to this conscription, remarked that they were thus robbing both the cradle and the grave, an expression which I afterwards used in writing a letter to Mr. Washburn. It was my belief that while the enemy could get no more recr