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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 5 (search)
ing in an easterly direction, he made up his mind that our army was retreating, and telegraphed on the 8th to his government at Richmond: The enemy has abandoned his position, and is moving toward Fredericksburg. He sent an order the same day to Early, then commanding Hill's corps, saying: Move by Todd's tavern along the Brock road as soon as your front is clear of the enemy. It will be seen that in this order he directed a corps to move by a road which was then in full possession of our forces, and Early did not discover this fact till he actually encountered Hancock's troops at Todd's tavern. Early was then compelled to take another road. It was after these movements that General Grant uttered the aphorism, Accident often decides the fate of battle. At 11:30 A. M. General Grant sent a telegram to Halleck, saying: The best of feeling prevails. . . . Route to the James River . . . not yet definitely marked out. In talking over the situation at headquarters, he said: It looks
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter6 (search)
st decline to take your hand. Hancock, who was somewhat nettled by this remark, replied, Under any other circumstances, general, I should not have offered it. No further attempt was made to extend any courtesies to his prisoner, who was left to make his way to the rear on foot with the others who had been captured. While Generals Grant and Meade were talking with General Johnson by the camp-fire, a despatch came in from Hancock, saying, I have finished up Johnson, and am now going into Early. General Grant passed this despatch around, but did not read it aloud, as usual, out of consideration for Johnson's feelings. Soon after came another report that Hancock had taken three thousand prisoners; then another that he had turned his captured guns upon the enemy and made a whole division prisoners, including the famous Stonewall Brigade. Burnside now reported that his right had lost its connection with Hancock's corps. General Grant sent him a brief, characteristic note in reply,
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 8 (search)
n rear of our center, evidently made Lee suspect that some movement was afoot, and he determined to send General Ewell's corps to try to turn our light, and to put Early in readiness to cooperate in the movement if it should promise success. In the afternoon of May 19, a little after five o'clock, I was taking a nap in my tent,s conferred upon him for his services in this engagement, and it had been fairly won. Lee had evidently intended to make Ewell's movement a formidable one, for Early had received orders to cooperate in the attack if it should promise success, and during the afternoon he sent forward a brigade which made an assault in his front. May 20: My chief anxiety now is to draw Lee out of his works and fight him in the open field, instead of assaulting him behind his intrenchments. The movement of Early yesterday gives me some hope that Lee may at times take the offensive, and thus give our troops the desired opportunity. In this, however, the general was disappo
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 9 (search)
he middle by their own weight; efforts were then made to twist them so as to render them still more unserviceable. Several miles of railway were thus destroyed. The reinforcements which General Grant had predicted would be sent to Lee's army had reached him. Between 12,000 and 15,000 men arrived from the 22d to the 25th of May. Breckinridge had come from the valley of Virginia with nearly all of his forces; Pickett brought a division from the vicinity of Richmond; and Hoke's brigade of Early's division had also been sent to Lee from the Confederate capital. On the 22d, as soon as Grant had learned the extent of the disaster to Butler's army on the James, he said that Butler was not detaining 10,000 men in Richmond, and not even keeping the roads south of that city broken, and he considered it advisable to have the greater part of Butler's troops join in the campaign of the Army of the Potomac. On May 25 he telegraphed orders to Halleck, saying: Send Butler's forces to White H
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 10 (search)
them who was disposed to be particularly talkative was brought in to headquarters, it being thought that the general might like to examine him in person. He was a tall, slim, shock-headed, comical-looking creature, and proved to be so full of native humor that I give the portion of his conversation which afforded us the most amusement. He, of course, did not know in whose presence he was as he rattled off his quick-witted remarks. What command do you belong to? asked the general. I'm in Early's corps, and I belong to a No'th Ca'lina reegiment, suh, was the reply. Oh, you re from North Carolina, remarked the general. Yes, said the prisoner, and a good deal fa'thah from it jes' now than I'd like to be, God knows. Well, where were you taken, and how did you get here? was next asked. How did I get h'yah! Well, when a man has half a dozen oa them thah reckless and desp'rit dragoons oa yourn lammin‘ him along the road on a tight run, and wallopin‘ him with the flats oa thah sabah
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 11 (search)
prospect of carrying the works in his front unless the enfilading fire on his flank could be silenced. Additional artillery was then sent forward to try to keep down the enemy's fire. Burnside had captured the advance rifle-pits in front of Early's left, and had taken up a position close to the enemy's main line. Warren's line was long and thin, and his troops, from the position they occupied, could not do much in the way of assaulting. These demonstrations against the enemy's left were principally to keep him engaged, and prevent him from withdrawing troops to reinforce his right. Warren had cooperated with Burnside in driving Early from the Shady Grove road, upon which he had advanced and made an attack. Gordon had attacked Warren's center, but was handsomely repulsed. Wilson's division of cavalry, which had returned from destroying the Virginia Central Railroad, moved across the Totopotomoy to Haw's Shop, drove the enemy from that place, made a further advance, carried
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 16 (search)
was compelled to send Breckinridge's force and Early's corps to the valley of Virginia. Hunter conper's Ferry, bring up Hunter's troops, and put Early to flight. While Grant was thinking only of punishing Early, there was great consternation in Washington, and the minds of the officials there spostpone these and turn his chief attention to Early. The Nineteenth Corps, which had been ordeake personal direction of the movement against Early is that this is probably just what Lee wants moops that he was collecting to operate against Early. He sent a despatch to Halleck, saying: Give t moved forward with his command, following up Early. There had been several days of serious peme anxiety to know whether it had been sent to Early or to Johnston, who was opposing Sherman; but tly. While planning means for the defeat of Early, General Grant was still giving constant attenrail to Petersburg, and in the mean time march Early's corps back to Lee, and make a combined attac[3 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 17 (search)
infantry to start south at daylight the next morning, before the enemy could recross the James River, with instructions to destroy fifteen or twenty miles of the Weldon Railroad. That night, however, information of the crossing of the Potomac by Early's troops compelled the general to change his plans and send Sheridan to Washington with two divisions of his cavalry. Early, finding that pursuit had been abandoned, and that the Union forces had returned to Washington, put his army in motion. It will be seen from this that the President was undoubtedly possessed of more courage than any of his advisers at Washington, and that he did not call for assistance to protect the capital, but for troops and a competent leader to go after Early and defeat him. It is the language of a man who wanted an officer of Grant's aggressiveness to force the fighting and send the troops after the enemy, even if the capital had to be left temporarily without defense. General Grant received the
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 18 (search)
ant's family visit him the relations between Grant and Sherman a mission to Sherman the captor of Atlanta an evening with General Thomas It was found that Lee had sent a division of infantry and cavalry as far as Culpeper to cooperate with Early's forces, and on August 12, 1864, Grant began a movement at Petersburg intended to force the enemy to return his detached troops to that point. Hancock's corps was marched from Petersburg to City Point, and there placed on steamboats. The movemof the movement. General Grant said, in discussing the affair: I am making this demonstration on the James, not that I expect it to result in anything decisive in the way of crippling the enemy in battle; my main object is to call troops from Early and from the defenses of Petersburg. If Lee withdraws the bulk of his army from Meade's front, Meade will have a good opportunity of making a movement to his left with one of his corps. The 14th and 15th were spent in reconnoitering and maneu
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 19 (search)
Military Division, General Grant said: I ordered Sheridan to move out and whip Early. An officer present ventured the remark: I presume the actual form of the ordehe order to whip him. Sheridan advanced promptly on September 19, and struck Early's army at Winchester, where he gained a signal victory, capturing five guns andsion of the valley of Virginia. He had obeyed to the letter his orders to whip Early. General Grant sent cordial congratulations to the victorious commander, an to Sheridan, saying: . . . No troops have passed through Richmond to reinforce Early. I shall make a break here on the 29th. All these despatches were of course srm any way, for me to say I am a little afraid lest Lee sends reinforcements to Early, and thus enables him to turn upon Sheridan. It will be seen that the Presidenatch just received. I am taking steps to prevent Lee sending reinforcements to Early, by attacking him here ; and closed with an account of the successes of the mor
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