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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 1: the situation. (search)
ac at the opening of Grant's campaign, as shown by the consolidated morning reports of May 4, 1864, was 97,162. In the Annual Report of Secretary Stanton, November 22, 1865, this total is stated as 120,384. He evidently takes the number as borne upon the rolls in his office, which by no means always agrees with the field lists of those present for duty equipped, the absent on leave or detail, or otherwise, being usually at a high percentage of the total. The careful compilation of Adjutant-General Drum made from official field returns at this time gives the number present for duty equipped at 97,273-in remarkable agreement with the figures taken in the field. Compare the admirable showing of that clear-headed officer, General A. A. Humphreys, Virginia Campaign, Appendix, p. 409. The number of men available for battle in the Fifth Corps at the start was 25,695. The character of the fighting in this campaign may be shown, however dimly, by citing here the report of our Corps fiel
's division: First brigade, Brig.-Gen. Lovell H. Rousseau; First Ohio, Col. Ed. A. Parrott; Sixth Indiana, Col. Crittenden; Third Kentucky, (Louisville Legion;) battalions Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Nineteenth regulars. Second brigade, Brig.-Gen. Johnston; Thirty-second Indiana, Col. Willich; Thirty-ninth Indiana, Col. Harrison; Forty-ninth Ohio, Col. Gibson. Third brigade, Col. Kirk, Thirty-fourth Illinois, commanding; Thirty-fourth Illinois, Lieut.-Col. Badsworth; Twenty-ninth Indiana, Lieut.--Col. Drum; Thirtieth Indiana, Col. Bass; Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania, Col. Stambaugh. Maj.-Gen. Lew. Wallace's division, right of army: First brigade, Col. Morgan L. Smith commanding; Eighth Missouri, Col. Morgan L. Smith, Lieut.--Col. James Peckham commanding; Eleventh Indiana, Col. George F. McGinnis; Twenty-fourth Indiana, Col. Alvin P. Hovey; Thurber's Missouri Battery. Second brigade, Col. Thayer, First Nebraska, commanding; First Nebraska, Lieut.-Col. McCord commanding; Twenty-third In
tments. In 1885 he settled in England, where he lived till his death in 1902. A born story-teller; Harte put into his vividly realistic scenes from early California life a racy swing combined with universal sentiment that made him popular both at home and abroad. tranquil face, and won vigorous applause from his sinewy hands. That the survivors of the Southern armies were as loyal to the Union as the survivors of the Northern came out very clearly in those same years. In 1887, Adjutant-General Drum suggested the return of the Confederate battle-flags then in the War Department at Washington to the governors of the States from whose troops they had been captured. President Cleveland accordingly ordered their return, but on account of dissatisfaction in some quarters soon revoked the order. When Governor Fitzhugh Lee, of Virginia, heard of the Northern protest he declared: The country should not again be agitated by pieces of bunting that mean nothing now. The South is part and
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XXIV (search)
in view of pending legislation relative to retirements for age, and of retirements which might be made under the laws then existing. My relief from West Point was effected earlier than General Sherman or I had anticipated. Before the end of 1880 the following correspondence passed between me and the general of the army: (Confidential.) headquarters, army of the United States, Washington, D. C., December 13, 1880. General J. M. Schofield, West Point, New York. dear General: General Drum has just shown me the memorandum for orders. The President has worked out this scheme himself, without asking my help, and I am glad of it, for I would not like to burden my conscience with such a bungle. He creates a new department out of Louisiana, Arkansas, and the Indian Territory, to be commanded by the senior officer present. . . . You are to command the Department of Texas and this new department, called a division, of what name I don't know. Howard is to replace you at W
Drowned. --Geo. W. Durst, who served in the Palmetto Regiment through the Mexican war, was drowned in the canal, near Augusta, Ga., on the 4th ult., while repairing a dam. The deceased acted well his part as a soldier in all the distinguished conflicts in which his regiment was engaged in Mexico, and received on his return home the medal awarded for gallantry by his generous State. At the Garita de Belin, in the heat of the combat, and whilst the men of Drum's Battery were being annihilated by the enemy, he several times constituted one of a number that volunteered from the South Carolina Regiment to aid that gallant officer in manning his gun; and when the last man of the Battery, and the heroic Captain himself had fallen, and several of the Palmettos besides, Durst was still standing at the gun.
my opinion, he would never be able to take this army on that route beyond the Rappahannock, unless he succeeded in fighting the enemy at some place on this side. That if he proposed to go to Richmond by land, he would have to go by way of Fredericksburg; and in that he partially agreed with me. After we had started, we had another conversation on that subject, and several other officers were present. On the 6th of November, after this conversation, General McClellan gave an order to Capt. Drum, as Chief Engineer, to have all his pontoon bridges at Serith and in that neighborhood, that could be spared, taken up and sent down to Washington, with a view of getting them down to this point in little, in case he decided to go by way of Fredericksburg. The letter conveying that order was written on the 6th of November. but, as I understand, was not received until the 12th of November. On the 7th or 8th November, I received an order from the Frecident of the United States dire