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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 51: effects of the fall of Fort Fisher, and criticisms on General Badeau's military history of General Grant. (search)
ble position north and east of the James. General Grant held Lee and his army tight in Richmond. ime overshadowed everything else, and even General Grant was careful not to ignore it. It is important, said Grant to Butler, that Weitzel should get off during his (Bragg's) absence, and if succin, however, that it would have been better if Grant had frankly ordered Butler back to the Army ofess, here find cause to censure Grant. General Grant might well have exclaimed on reading this,roughout this narrative that we have given General Grant on all occasions credit for the highest miroe, and on the 28th had an interview with General Grant, after which the Generalin-chief telegraphian's book. It was, no doubt, reviewed by General Grant. The latter, after inquiring into all thered effect. Mr. Secretary Welles wrote to General Grant: The ships can approach nearer to the t Fisher. After receipt of this letter General Grant wrote to the Admiral: Please hold on w[20 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
houses are taken possession of and their contents not too scrupulously respected. There was considerable disappointment expressed in the South because Charleston was so suddenly abandoned on the approach of General Sherman's army; but the Confederates in the city did not know what Sherman's intentions might be, and they very naturally thought it best to evacuate the place before the Union General should envelope them and compel their surrender. But General Sherman was anxious to join General Grant before Richmond as soon as possible and get out of the lowlands of the coast, where his soldiers were worn out with building corduroy roads through swamps, bridging the countless streams, and living in a malarious country. The capture of Fort Fisher and other defences of Wilmington had doubtless a considerable effect on the fall of Charleston; for, now that the stronghold on Cape Fear River was taken, a small garrison could hold it, and the Union forces employed in the reduction of th