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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman . 2 0 Browse Search
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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 1: early recollections of California. 1846-1848. (search)
d told me to go back to Pittsburg. I then asked for an order that would entitle me to transportation back, which at first he emphatically refused, but at last he gave the order, and I returned to Pittsburg, all the way by stage, stopping again at Lancaster, where I attended the wedding of my schoolmate Mike Effinger, and also visited my sub-rendezvous at Zanesville. R. S. Ewell, of my class, arrived to open a cavalry rendezvous, but, finding my depot there, he went on to Columbus, Ohio. Tom Jordan afterward was ordered to Zanesville, to take charge of that rendezvous, under the general War Department orders increasing the number of recruiting-stations. I reached Pittsburg late in June, and found the order relieving me from recruiting service, and detailing my classmate H. B. Field to my place. I was assigned to Company F, then under orders for California. By private letters from Lieutenant Ord, I heard that the company had already started from Fort McHenry for Governor's Island,
North to prison by the Abolitionists, is "to be held in confinement at hard labor until the close of the war." They have also arrested Ben. Harden, and put him in jail, to be tried "for the murders (?) he has committed in Madison and Marshall counties." The Yankees have, it is said, ordered all of the negro women and children to return home, to "aid in raising (and eating) a crop this year," and for the same purpose, all "refuse" negro men, such as are not fit for military service. Tom Jordan has been sent to a Northern prison. North Alabama is said to be filled with deserters and conscripts, and they will remain there unless the enemy is driven out. Gen. Legan refuse to allow, "as yet," trade to he carried on across the Tennessee, and it is very difficult to get letters in because the citizens within the lines fear to take them in. I will close this desultory communication with a sprightly and surefooted anecdotes of Gov. Chapman: The wood contractors to the Yankee army