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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)
in behind him. He was afraid that Sheridan was getting so far away that reinforcements would be sent out from Richmond to enable Early to beat him. I replied to the President that I had taken steps to prevent Lee from sending reinforcements to Early, by attacking the former where he was. On the 28th of September, to retain Lee in his position, I sent Ord with the 18th corps and Birney with the 10th corps to make an advance on Richmond, to threaten it. Ord moved with the left wing up to Chaffin's [Chafin's] Bluff; Birney with the 10th corps took a road farther north; while Kautz with the cavalry took the Darby road, still farther to the north. They got across the river by the next morning, and made an effort to surprise the enemy. In that, however, they were unsuccessful. The enemy's lines were very strong and very intricate. [General George G.] Stannard's division of the 18th corps with General [Hiram] Burnham's brigade leading, tried an assault against Fort Harrison and c
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
ehow incurred the dislike of the authorities here, and was dropped out of the list of brigadiers, has been made Governor of South Carolina. And Gen. Wise, who is possessed of perhaps the greatest mind in the Confederacy, is still fettered. They will not let him fight a battle, because he is ambitious! When Norfolk was (wickedly) given up, his home and all his possessions fell into the hands of the enemy. He is now without a shelter for his head, bivouacing with his devoted brigade at Chaffin's farm, below the city. He is the senior brigadier in the army, and will never be a major-general. Sunday, December 21 Nothing, yet, has been done by the immense Federal fleet of iron-clad gun-boats which were to devastate our coast this winter. But the winter is not over yet, and I apprehend something will be attempted. However, we shall make a heroic defense of every point assailed. I omitted to state, in connection with the partnership formed between Mr. Myers and Mr. Randol
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 44 (search)
of speculation be laid, and all the men and resources of the country be devoted to defense (as seems now to be the intention), the United States could never find men and material sufficient for our subjugation. We could maintain the war for an indefinite period, unless, indeed, fatal dissensions should spring up among ourselves. October 31 Bright. Tom's rations came in — worth $200-for a month. Gen. Lee writes that it is necessary for the gun-boats to guard the river as far below Chaffin's Bluffs as possible, to prevent the enemy from throwing a force to the south bank in the rear of Gen. Pickett's lines; for then Gen. P. must withdraw his forces, and the abandonment of Petersburg will follow, with its railroad connections, throwing the whole army back to the defense of Richmond. I should regard this as a great disaster, and as seriously endangering the safety of the city. We should not only lose a large section of country from which our position enables us to draw suppli
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 22: from Cold Harbor to evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg (search)
to permit him to go to the field, though he plead earnestly to do so. He was a most sensitive and modest gentleman, and would have rejoiced to command even a regiment in his father's army. After he was sent to the field, in the modified way in which he was sent near the close of the war, he more than once told me that every time he met one of his father's veteran fighting colonels he felt compromised at having the stars and wreath of a major-general on his collar. When I first went to Chaffin's, Colonel Hardaway, of the Field Artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia, was in command, but, as I remember, he left very soon. Some time before the end, Major Gibbes, who had served with our battalion (Cabell's) during a part of the campaign of 1864, was sent there, and of course ranked me; but for a considerable time I was in command of the post and of the battalion, and of course was greatly interested in becoming thoroughly acquainted with my duties and my men. They were splen
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 14: in command of the Army of the James. (search)
ed by Lieutenant-Colonel Fuller, chief quartermaster, as having arrived at Haxalls, or Turkey Bend, on the opposite side of the river, some fourteen miles below, where he asked to be supplied with rations and forage. I telegraphed to Colonel Fuller to give General Sheridan all the forage and rations he needed. See Appendix No. 50. Later in the day I sent a despatch to General Sheridan requesting that he join me with his command, and suggesting that I wished he might be able to capture Chaffin's farm on his side of the river, where there were about two hundred men. See Appendix No. 51. But in any event I desired that he send up a force along the north bank of the James to search for torpedoes, and the wires and batteries by which they may be discharged, with instructions to burn any house in which such machines were found, and send to me any persons captured having anything to do with them. I also asked for a personal interview at the earliest moment. On the 15th General S
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 16: capture of fortifications around Richmond, Newmarket Heights, Dutch Gap Canal, elections in New York and gold conspiracy. (search)
ide of Richmond against the fortifications at Chaffin's farm. To extend his lines on the north sng each fortification, including the works at Chaffin's farm and Fort Harrison, and the connecting ations, and perhaps, if I had good luck, take Chaffin's farm and get into Richmond. I further tonumbering about four hundred (400) men. In Chaffin's farm there is no garrison, except about onetifications of Drury's Bluff on the west, and Chaffin's farm on the east of the James. These fortipontoon bridge and is above fortifications at Chaffin's on the one side, and below Drury's on the o and endeavor to reach the intrenched camp at Chaffin's farm, and if possible to take it, and securwill find the better way to take the works at Chaffin's farm is to pass them by the Varina road, orver, to lose no time in attempting to envelop Chaffin's farm, but rather if he can take the line of being near the station of the cavalry. If Chaffin's farm can be taken, a force should be detach
eds. Tell him I have reliable information from a deserter and a prisoner that to-night there are but two hundred men at Chaffin's farm, thirteen miles only from where he is, and opposite where I am now fighting. All the rest have been hurrried over to fight me. They have no bridge. Can he not take Chaffin's farm? Benj. F. Butler, Major-General Commanding. [no. 51. see page 653.] in the field, May 14, 1864, 9 P. M. General Sheridan: Since I wrote a hurried note to Lieutenant-Colonel F be joined by Lieutenant-General Grant, you will be able best here to report to him. I wish you might be able to capture Chaffin's farm as I suggested in my note to Colonel Fuller. At any rate, I wish you would do this service to the navy. They arcan give you all information in regard to torpedoes. Please send up a force along the north bank of the James as far as Chaffin's farm, and make diligent search for torpedoes and the wires. Burn any house where such machines are harbored. Capture
G., offers Governor Andrew bank funds, 171-173. Carruth, Lieutenant, suppresses anti-draft demonstration in Boston, 277. Carrolton, Phelps at, 896. Cassels, Col., John, acts investigated, 850; tribute to, 851; on Butler's staff, 897-899. Casey, Major, Thomas Lincoln, report of, 804. Catinet, episode of, 464-465; 468-469. Catholics, legislation against in New Hampshire, 39; in Massachusetts, 120, 122; Mt. Benedict incident, 112-113. century magazine, Gra<*>t in, 715. Chaffin's farm, 653. Chamberlain, The, at Fort Fisher, 787, 792. Chapman, Lieut. R. T., report of, 789 Chapin, Mr., colleague in Charleston Convention, 138-140; offers railroad transportation for troops, 175. Charles City Court-House, Colonel West leads force to, 618; Grant at, 686. Charlestown, opposed to annexation act, 1000-1002. Charleston Mercury edited Clapp, former teacher of Butler, 56; blockade runners enter harbor, 849. Chase, Judge, reference to, 929. Chase, Salm
quate force. On Wednesday afternoon, in pursuance of orders from the commanding General, I took up my line of march for Drewry's Bluff, leaving General Wise at Chaffin's. Since then, nothing of interest has occurred in my command. I am, Colonel, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, T. H. Holmes, Major-General Commandpectfully, Your obedient servant, J. B. Hood, Brigadier General, commanding Texas Brigade. Report of Brigadier-General Wise. Headquarters of brigade, Chaffin's farm, July 16, 1862. To Archer Anderson, A. A. G.: Major: In compliance with the request of Major-General Holmes, I send you the following report: On the morill show or illustrate my report. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Henry A. Wise, Brigadier-General. Report of Adjutant Pearce. headquarters Chaffin's farm, July 16, 1862. To Brigadier-General Henry A. Wise: General: I have the honor to report the force you left here with, on the morning of the thirtieth Ju
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 6.34 (search)
dispatch, 9 P. M., June 14th, 1864. But not a man of the Army of the Potomac had as yet crossed, and the conjuncture being now so nice that the slightest blunder would have been attended with irreparable disaster, he drew back his troops towards Chaffin's, dispatched Hoke early on the 15th from Drewry's Bluff to reinforce Beauregard, and stood ready to repel direct advance by the river routes or to throw his army into Petersburg, as events might dictate. Grant's design, as we now know, was t upon the venture of a single cast. To this end, he dispatched, on the evening of the 26th, Hancock's corps and two divisions of horse under Sheridan to the north side of the James, with instructions to the former to move up rapidly next day to Chaffin's and prevent reinforcements crossing from the south, while Sheridan, making a wide sweep to the right, was to attempt from the north a surprise of the thinly-garrisoned fortifications of Richmond. Meade was to spring the mine and assault from
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