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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 2 (search)
ed the Federal force at Fortress Monroe, which had lately been placed under command of Major-General B. F. Butler. The defence of the highland region of Western Virginia had been assumed by General L the crudity of its conception as for the blunders that marked its execution, was devised by General Butler for the purpose of capturing the Confederate posts at Little and Big Bethel, a few miles up sed to pretty severe fire, it was found hard to bring the men up; and Major Winthrop, aid to General Butler, a young man of superior culture and promise, was killed while rallying the troops to the a railroad about seventy miles). The Confederates, in fact, held a line interior to the forces of Butler, McDowell, and Patterson—respectively at Fortress Monroe, in front of Washington, and on the Uppassurances from the lieutenant-general that the enemy on the Peninsula should be occupied by General Butler, and that Johnston's forces in the Shenandoah Valley should be held there by General Patters
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 3 (search)
ral McClellan's plan. I said that I had acted entirely in the dark. General Meigs spoke of his agency in having us called in by the President. The President then asked what and when any thing could be done, again going over somewhat the same ground he had done with General Franklin and myself. General McClellan said the case was so clear a blind man could see it, and then spoke of the difficulty of ascertaining what force he could count upon; that he did not know whether he could let General Butler go to Ship Island, or whether he could re-enforce Burnside. Much conversation ensued, of rather a general character, as to the discrepancy between the number of men paid for and the number effective. The Secretary of the Treasury then put a direct question to General McClellan to the effect as to what he intended doing with his army, and when he intended doing it? After a long silence, General McClellan answered that the movement in Kentucky was to precede any one from this place, and
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 10 (search)
ous aim of capturing Richmond by a sudden dash. The first of these schemes, which had the merit of boldness in conception if not in execution, was devised by General Butler, then commanding the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. Believing that Richmond had been stripped of its garrison for the purpose of strengthening the Confederate force operating in North Carolina under General Pickett, General Butler formed the design of swooping down on the Confederate capital with a cavalry raid by way of New Kent Courthouse on the Peninsula. As a diversion in favor of this enterprise, the Army of the Potomac was to make a demonstration across the Rapidan.eld their positions, and considerable skirmishing took place during the day. The troops remained on the south bank until the time fixed for the termination of General Butler's movement, when they were withdrawn. The raiding scheme resulted in nothing. General Wistar found Bottom's Bridge blockaded, and after reconnoitring the po
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 11 (search)
tually communicate with and draw supplies from Butler's force on the James River. Meade: Report ol system of operations. The force under General Butler was assembled at Yorktown and at Gloucestee other directions were made. The 1st of May, Butler dispatched a detachment of his force (Henry's Richmond was at this time very trivial. General Butler's instructions from General Grant prescribrogramme drawn up by the lieutenantgeneral for Butler's governance is indeed vague, and in some resprth side, it is a matter of less surprise that Butler also was foiled in his part. Moreover, I shale that General Grant ever really expected General Butler to capture Richmond. Equally remote was turg Railroad, the destruction of which engaged Butler's first attention. The same day a brigade movline at the bastion salient before mentioned. Butler's force was much strung out, and an assault orving up with his main force from Petersburg to Butler's front, had left one of his divisions, under [23 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 12 (search)
ted that Petersburg would fall an easy prey to Butler's force; for he left both General Meade and Geforce from Butler's front at Bermuda Hundred. Butler then threw forward Terry's command, which advath Corps, and crossed the Appomattox to rejoin Butler's force at Bermuda Hundred. Martindale's diviattack from the direction of the front held by Butler's force at Bermuda Hundred. The defence of Riide of the James had early been secured by General Butler at Deep Bottom, only ten miles south of RRocks, and parked under concealment within General Butler's lines. It was then taken to the north s above eight thousand men. An estimate of General Butler's was furnished me, putting the enemy's stal Grant, being resolved to push operations on Butler's front, north of the James River, directed a ing these occurrences on the extreme left, General Butler had been operating with the Army of the JaJames River, with the corps of Birney and Ord, Butler next morning advanced and carried the very str[7 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, Index. (search)
ade, 413; the Petersburg mine, 518. Butler, General B. F., design of raid on Richmond, 398; campleetwood, cavalry action at, 313. Fort Gilmer, Butler's unsuccessful assault, 540. Fort Magruder nge of base to, 147 advance, merits of a, 408; Butler's advance by, 409; Butler's campaign on, 460; Butler's campaign on, 460; his force, 460; ascent of the river, 461; landing at Bermuda Hundred, 461; Butler, Grant's vague insButler, Grant's vague instructions on James River campaign, 462; difficulties of the campaign, 463; Richmond and Petersburg Rad, attempts to capture, 464; Bermuda Hundred, Butler forms intrenched line, 464; Beauregard's operaosses of both armies at Ber muda Hundred, 468; Butler's force withdrawn within Bermuda Hundred lines Hundred, Smith's movement on Petersburg, 500; Butler's occupation of Bermuda Hundred, 516. Jericd), 540; Fort Harrison carried by Butler, 540; Butler at battle of Chapin's Farm, 540; Chapin's Farm, capture of Fort Harrison by Butler, 540; Southside Railroad, failure to force Confederate position[1 more...]