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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 2: the overture. (search)
ision commanders of the First and Second were Griffin and Ayres of the regular artillery, and veter Dinwiddie Court House. At about noon General Griffin directed me to return upon the Vaughan Ro I formed a plan which I communicated to General Griffin, who approved it and directed General Gree Oak and the Boydton Plank. We found General Griffin there, and were relieved to see that he d our work was still before us. I saw that General Griffin was anxious to carry the enemy's positioneneral, you are gone, the kindly voice of General Griffin who had ridden up beside me. At that mome newly gained alignment. In response up rode Griffin, anxious and pale, his voice ringing with a s too looked something the worse for wear, for Griffin's first word was: General, you must not leave the kindness, and possibly the favor, of General Griffin in so ordering my reinforcements as not tit, shows not only the generous traits of General Griffin's character, but shows also how strange a[3 more...]
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 3: the White Oak Road. (search)
Grant also telegraphed President Lincoln: General Griffin was attacked near where the Quaker Road iAyres. Gregory, who had been directed by General Griffin to report to me for orders with his brigable anxiety. There was a queer expression on Griffin's face when he showed me a copy of a message ack to see what the order meant. I found General Griffin and General Warren in the edge of the woored two incidents concerning the selection of Griffin's Division for this movement: first, that Barte muddle. It was from Meade to Warren: Send Griffin promptly as ordered by the Boydton Plank Roady the way Bartlett had gone, and insisting on Griffin's going by Boydton Road. This would causeto relieve Sheridan. This from Grant. 3. Griffin to be pushed down the Boydton Road, but the re. Somehow — I never quite understood it-General Griffin, in the confusion of that dashing and lea has a peculiar history since that time. General Griffin at the close of the war was ordered to a [34 more...]
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 4: Five Forks. (search)
k. Nevertheless, just as we were moving, General Griffin cautioned me: Don't be too sure about Macrd the cavalry,--quite a way from any support Griffin's division could give him. Ill at ease ionel of the I 8th Pennsylvania Volunteers, in Griffin's Division, and had been assigned to command that. Soon thereafter Sheridan came upon General Griffin, and, without preface or index, told the ooner they got there, the safer for them. Griffin came down now from the right, dashed ahead of I could not be sorry for the corps, nor that Griffin was in command of it-he had the confidence of II., page 443), uses the following language: Griffin's Division, in backing to get out of the way he 4th Delaware on Gwyn's right, who say that Griffin's troops were on the flank and rear of the ren his other divisions to support Ayres — that Griffin's troops quite as much as Ayres' took part ine for Griffin. It would have been better (as Griffin and Ayres said later in the day) to put Griff[54 more...]
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 5: the week of flying fights. (search)
e most of our corps was moved out towards the Claiborne on the White Oak Road, and that part of Griffin's Division now commanded by Bartlett remained on the field with a guard at the Ford of Hatcher'e Danville and Lynchburg roadcrossings. We had moved in this way five miles of the eight, when Griffin learns that Lee's army is not at Amelia Court House, having left there on the evening before, acts his several corps by different roads to follow, outmarch, and intercept Lee's flying army. Griffin is sent by the most northerly and roundabout way, through Paineville (well-named), Ligontown, ach was on the extreme right, to be moved to the left, past the whole army, to take the place of Griffin's, and ordered the latter at the same time to move by, and place itself on the right. The objetreams, only to find at every crossing some hot vanguard of Sheridan or Humphreys or Wright or Griffin, or at last of Ord; and each time, too, after fighting more or less severe to be beaten off wit
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 6: Appomattox. (search)
y, without question. Sending word forward to Griffin, in command of our Fifth Corps, that he may utensity may have seemed like excitement. For Griffin comes up, quizzing me in his queer way of hitoo hard on our stomachs. In a few minutes Griffin rides up again, in quite a different mood. Ghe message goes up to my corps commander, General Griffin, leaving me mazed at the boding change. o resume hostilities. As I turned to go, General Griffin said to me in a low voice, Prepare to maktrains the night before. Generals Gibbon, Griffin, and Merritt were appointed commissioners to ght I was summoned to headquarters, where General Griffin informed me that I was to command the parn, I declined the offer at the request of General Griffin, who desired me to remain with the First consideration of meekness in small things General Griffin placed under my orders for all the activeorps. So I had reason to believe that General Griffin had something to do with General Grant's [3 more...]
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 7: the return of the Army. (search)
camp when I saw a figure often welcome to many eyes,--Charles Griffin riding up,--our corps commander now, and never more pr was soon concluded. Now let us go up and see Meade, said Griffin. We found him sad-very sad. He had only two corps with hi done for man. Around it gathered the generals and staff: Griffin chief, never forgetting his old division, with which he hats name and soul the same, after terrible transmutations,--Griffin, graceful in figure, sincere and brave of speech, reverenteasure of receiving several honored guests, especially General Griffin. At 5.30 on the morning of the 2d, I began to tak,--promotion downward; but down is up for half the world. Griffin could not pass him without fitting recognition; the men ofg, could not pass him now, voiceless themselves as he. General Griffin had sent Warren word that the corps would like to givete. In our movement on this morning of the Ith of May General Griffin leading out with the artillery sent the pioneers of th
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 8: the encampment. (search)
n my command may be worthy of record. The officers of my division desired to present to Major-General Griffin, our corps commander, a worthy token of the deep regard in which he was held in this divng lost to dreams like these. The great assembly hushed itself to silence in expectation. General Griffin was seated in the focus of all this; it was my part to present the material memorial. I hahich then filled every heart of the assembly. But words like these were somehow given me: General Griffin: Our hearts stir as I speak the name,--so familiar, so revered; so interwoven with experd hopes. Receive it, therefore, with its legend and benediction: In hoc signo vinces. General Griffin received the badge, and holding it in his hand, responded: General: Your words have oveand struck up its rhapsody, Hail to the chief, when all left their seats and crowded around General Griffin, who for once was not able to give command,--even to himself. Slowly we broke into friendl
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 9: the last review. (search)
n turn they bore. Now rises to its place the tried and tested old Ninth Corps, once of Burnside and Reno, now led by Parke, peer of the best, with Willcox and Griffin of New Hampshire and Curtin leading its divisions, --Potter still absent with cruel wounds, and Hartranft detached on high service elsewhere,and its brigade comma valleys; rich in experiences, romantic and Roman! And now it is the Fifth Corps. The signal sounds. Who is that mounting there? Do you see him? It is Charles Griffin. How lightly he springs to the saddle. How easy he sits, straight and slender, chin advanced, eyes to the front, pictured against the sky! Well we know him was shy of girls-sharp eyes out for soft eyes — I dare say for his master's peace and safety! All the way up the Avenue a tumult of sound and motion. Around Griffin is a whirlpool, and far behind swells and rolls the generous acclaim. At the rise of ground near the Treasury a backward glance takes in the mighty spectacle: th
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States: headquarters Commandery of the State of Maine. (search)
rlain was ordered to take possession of Great Round Top and he skilfully carried out the order. Soon after Gettysburg, General Chamberlain was assigned by General Griffin to the command of the 3d brigade, 2d division of the 5th corps, and was retained in it for a long time in spite of attempts to replace him by some general offhe surgical treatment and rest which his war-worn and war-torn frame required. In the January following he was mustered out. Immediately after the surrender, General Griffin, his corps commander, addressed a special communication to headquarters urging General Chamberlain's promotion to the full rank of Major General for distinguished and gallant services on the left, including the White Oak Road, Five Forks and Appotomattox Court House, where, says General Griffin, his bravery and efficiency were such as to entitle him to the highest commendation. In the last action, the 9th of April, his command had the advance, and was driving the enemy rapidly before i