Your search returned 1,111 results in 42 document sections:

1 2 3 4 5
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 10: Sherman's Army. (search)
settled dislike to us, latent at least, among Sherman's men. In a certain class their manner was contemptuous and bullying. They threatened to come over and burst us up, and clean us out. Some directed their objurgations upon the whole East, --the Yankees generally; and more against the Army of the Potomac in particular. You couldn't fight. --You are babies and hospital cats. --We did all the marching and all the fighting. --We had to send Grant and Sheridan up to teach you how to fight. --Lee licked you, and was running away to get something to eat, poor fellow. --You wouldn't have caught him if we hadn't marched two thousand miles to drive him into the trap. On some of these points we might be a little tender; though on the whole we thought the charge a perversion of fact. But we had some Bowery boys and Fire Zouaves in our army too; and what they wanted was to get at these Sherman's Bummers and settle the question in their own Cossack and Tartar fashion. In fact, so serio
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 11: the disbandment. (search)
Grant leave the front of Meade and the Army of the Potomac where the principal negotiations with Lee had already begun, make the journey to Sheridan's front where Ord of the Army of the James was inobservation and experience we regarded Grant as a great general,--particularly in comparison with Lee. While our opinion could in no degree affect the reputation of either of these generals, it might were witnesses,servants and sufferers,--and it is our proud remembrance. Our estimate of General Lee was that he exemplified remarkable ability as a commander. In military sagacity and astuteneas ranking less than great among generals, and of the best of them. As to personal qualities, Lee's utter unselfishness, in fact his whole moral constitution, appeared to us singularly fine. In manly worth. Such care was manifest in the army life within our knowledge,--both in our army and Lee's, and presumably in others. Then as to the reactionary effect of warfare on the participants
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)
res of their division. The next day in the advance on the South Side Railroad he still had the advance. He drove Fitz Hugh Lee's division of cavalry across the railroad, captured a train, and routed the enemy from his position. In the subsequen was designated to receive with the division he then temporarily commanded the formal surrender of the arms and colors of Lee's army on the 12th of April, 1865. The description of this historic ceremony by Gen. Morris Schaaf in his Sunset of th of the mind. What glorified tenderness that courtly act has added to the scene! How it, and the courage of both armies, Lee's character and tragic lot, Grant's magnanimity and Chamberlain's chivalry, have lifted the historic event up to a lofty, n, the 9th of April, his command had the advance, and was driving the enemy rapidly before it when the announcement of General Lee's surrender was made. The recommendation was cordially approved by Generals Meade and Grant and forwarded to Washingt
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxx. (search)
that the time for the annunciation of the emancipation policy could be no longer delayed. Public sentiment, he thought, would sustain it — many of his warmest friends and supporters demanded it--and he had promised his God that he would do it! The last part of this was uttered in a low tone, and appeared to be heard by no one but Secretary Chase, who was sitting near him. He asked the President if he correctly understood him. Mr. Lincoln replied: I made a solemn vow before God, that if General Lee was driven back from Pennsylvania, I would crown the result by the declaration of freedom to the slaves. In February 1865, a few days after the passage of the Constitutional amendment, I went to Washington, and was received by Mr. Lincoln with the kindness and familiarity which had characterized our previous intercourse. I said to him at this time that I was very proud to have been the artist to have first conceived of the design of painting a picture commemorative of the Act of Emanc
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xlxv. (search)
Xlxv. The battle of Fair Oaks was fought May 31, 1862; or rather this is the date of the first of the terrible seven days before Richmond, when, as is now abundantly established, even by Rebel testimony, it would have been an easy matter for McClellan to have captured what proved to be the Sebastopol of the Rebellion. During this week of battles, many of our wounded men were sent on steamboats and transports to White House landing, upon the estate of Mrs. Fitz Hugh Lee, wife of the Rebel General. Prosper M. Wetmore, of New York city, was, at this juncture, on a visit to the army. Very ill himself while on the Peninsula, his sympathies were greatly excited for the wounded soldiers, confined, during the broiling weather, to the boats, compelled to quench the burning thirst created by their wounds with the muddy water of the Pamunkey, which caused and aggravated disease in a fearful manner. As a civilian, he was permitted to go on shore, and there found the magnificent lawns and
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lxii. (search)
e and live. In the same connection Colonel Deming inquired if there had ever been a period in which he thought that better management upon the part of the commanding general might have terminated the war? Yes, answered the President, there were three: at Malvern Hill, when McClellan failed to command an immediate advance upon Richmond; at Chancellorville, when Hooker failed to reenforce Sedgwick, after hearing his cannon upon the extreme right; and at Gettysburg, when Meade failed to attack Lee in his retreat at the bend of the Potomac. After this commentary, the Congressman waited for an outburst of denunciation — for a criticism, at least — upon the delinquent officers; but he waited in vain. So far from a word of censure escaping Mr. Lincoln's lips, he soon added, that his first remark might not appear uncharitable: I do not know that I could have given any different orders had I been with them myself. I have not fully made up my mind how I should behave when minie-balls were
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lxiv. (search)
w England States, more fervent admirers of the Unready than I had ever known to expend speculative enthusiasm upon him among us. So pleasant and scholarly a gentleman can never fail to secure personal friends, said the President. In fact, he continued, kindly, Even his failings lean to virtue's side. A keen sense of genius in another, and a reverence for it that forced expression, was out of place at Seven Oaks, as beautiful things sometimes will be. He was lost in admiration of General Lee, and filled with that feeling, forebore to conquer him. The quality that would prove noble generosity in a historian, does not fit the soldier. Another instance of the necessity for my suggestion being carried into effect, he added, smiling. When in New York a few months afterwards, I heard the regular dinner-table conversation turn on the Nero who cracked jokes while Rome was burning, and the hundred and one wicked things the McClellanites said of Mr. Lincoln, I recalled the gentle
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lxviii. (search)
his mastery of the position, and of his belief that a few days more would see Richmond in our possession, and the army of Lee either dispersed utterly or captured bodily,--when the telegram from Grant was received, saying that Lee had asked an inteLee had asked an interview with reference to peace. Mr. Lincoln was elated, and the kindness of his heart was manifest in intimations of favorable terms to be granted to the conquered Rebels. Stanton listened in silence, restraining his emotion, but at length the ble, and wrote as follows:-- The President directs me to say to you that he wishes you to have no conference with General Lee, unless it be for the capitulation of Lee's army, or on some minor or purely military matter. He instructs me to say Lee's army, or on some minor or purely military matter. He instructs me to say that you are not to decide, discuss, or confer upon any political question. Such questions the President holds in his own hands, and will submit them to no military conferences or conventions. In the mean time you are to press to the utmost your m
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 11: advance of the Army of the Potomac on Richmond. (search)
general's force was not in position so early as Lee had hoped it would be, and therefore, to distraby an unexpectedly large and determined force. Lee had recalled Longstreet from his flanking marchgstreet was severely wounded and disabled, when Lee took the immediate direction of the important mLongstreet was disabled for several months. Lee was evidently satisfied that he could not mainton of reaching Spottsylvania Court-House before Lee should be apprised of the movement. He was foi Todd's Tavern, in anticipation of an attack by Lee on the rear of the Army of the Potomac. Sedgwiriven. On Sunday night, the 8th of May, 1864. Lee stood squarely and firmly across the path of thorning, with a heavy cavalry force, to break up Lee's communications with Richmond, and the greaterock, where the battle was raging furiously, for Lee was determined to retake the works Johnson and d from The Wilderness, Sheridan was sent to cut Lee's communications. This was the first of the re[18 more...]
ck below the James; and it is not probable that Lee had much, if any, over 60,000 men on the Rappah merely a great but a crushing victory. I have Lee's army in one hand and Richmond in the other, wssing in force until it was too late to call on Lee for reenforcements; and he had no choice but tounder Sedgwick, below Fredericksburg; but, when Lee heard that Hooker had crossed in force above, h to bar his progress, until he should fall upon Lee's rear, simultaneously with an attack by Hookerrder to force McLaws and gain the river road, Gen. Lee massed a heavy force upon this weakened part y have been willing to repeat that madness; but Lee manifestly was not. The day passed with little explain his retreat, and on the other to excuse Lee's failure to molest it. Hooker, his army havver submitted to the arbitrament of battle. Lee issued a kindred order next day; in which, withup and drew off-doubtless under orders given by Lee when he seemed most in need of help on the Rapp[20 more...]
1 2 3 4 5