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William H. Herndon, Jesse William Weik, Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life, Etiam in minimis major, The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln by William H. Herndon, for twenty years his friend and Jesse William Weik 1,765 1 Browse Search
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Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 410 0 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume I. 405 1 Browse Search
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ear while the soldiers were fighting at the front; and the enemies of the nation at home did it nearly as much harm as Lee. They stimulated the South in its resistance, they invited foreign sympathizers to active interference, and did their best to hinder recruiting, to withhold supplies, to damage the financial credit of the country, and to discourage the armies in the field. The near approach of the Presidential elections reminded this party that it had still another chance; and, when Lincoln was renominated by the Republicans, General McClellan became the candidate of the Democrats, who openly declared the war for the Union a failure, and demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities. See resolutions passed by Democratic Nominating Convention, September 1, 1864. The success of the Peace party indeed would secure all that the rebels were fighting for; a fact very well understood by the Richmond government and its generals. It was worth while to hold out a little longer in t
ls are binding upon us, but are not observed by them longer than suits their convenience. On the whole, I think that the best that can be done is to publish a prohibitory order against burning private property, except where it is a military necessity, or in retaliation for like acts by the enemy. Where burning is done in retaliation, it must be done by order of a department or army commander, and the order for such burning to set forth the particular act it is in retaliation for.—Grant to Lincoln, August 17, 1864. and if the inhabitants could convey their stock and provisions north of the Potomac, he offered no objection; Do you not think it advisable to notify all citizens living east of the Blue Ridge to move north of the Potomac all their stock, grain, and provisions of every description? There is no doubt about the necessity of clearing out that country, so that it will not support Mosby's gang, and the question is whether it is not better that the people should save what th
oint simplicity of camp life traits of President Lincoln personal character of Grant wife and cr and meaning,—there was evidence enough that Lincoln was a great man. Grant often said at this tims insignificant compared with that offered to Lincoln. America in Washington's time was an isolate was profoundly anxious for the reelection of Lincoln. His anxiety, however, had nothing to do wih of November, and resulted in the success of Lincoln, who received a majority of more than four huTennessee was not counted, although given for Lincoln; but of the remaining twenty-five states, alle eleven remaining states gave a majority for Lincoln, of eighty-five thousand four hundred and sixion could have opposed the re-election of Abraham Lincoln. a proportion of more than three to one. the names remained. There was talk between Lincoln and Grant, of a new Secretary of War, and thed up the hands of the commander of the army. Lincoln was glad to find that he entertained these vi[3 more...]
write these words. He was fond of Thomas, personally. He remembered his worth, his services, his patriotism, as well as the devotion of the Western army to its chief. He knew also the extreme risk in changing commanders at such a crisis. As Lincoln said, with homely force, on another occasion, it was like swopping horses while crossing a stream. But he felt that unless an advance was promptly made in Tennessee, the peril to the entire West was instant and inevitable; and if Thomas refusedight miles. To this Grant replied at midnight: Your despatch of this evening just received. I congratulate you and the army under your command for to-day's operations, and feel a conviction that to-morrow will add more fruits to your victory. Lincoln and Stanton also sent messages of congratulation and encouragement. The President declared: You have made a magnificent beginning. A grand consummation is within your reach. He added: Do not let it slip. No further news from Tennessee arri
aboard the Louisiana at Norfolk; the vessel was deep, and the powder might have been wet on the passage; but, as soon as the additional fifty-five tons were put aboard, the admiral joined the transport fleet off Wilmington. The various preparations for the powder boat had occasioned weeks of delay, but this was unavoidable, if the experiment was to be made at all; and the attempt had the sanction, not only of the naval authorities and the War Department, but of the President himself. Lincoln said: We might as well explode the notion with powder as with anything else. It was indeed a fanciful experiment, more likely to commend itself to an unprofessional mind than to a practical soldier; but, having been allowed, no one engaged in the arrangements necessary for complete success could be censured because those arrangements were complicated and elaborate, and subject to vexatious interruptions. In a military history of Grant, however, it should be remembered that he never believe
erman success of Grant's combinations orders to all his generals meeting of Lincoln and Sherman at Grant's headquarters self-reliance of Grant. At last the si. This was intimated to Grant, and on the 26th of February, he telegraphed to Lincoln, explaining his strategy. Sheridan's movement, he said, is in the direction oacy, accompanied by two other of their most prominent men, who had laid before Lincoln himself, and the Secretary of State, propositions for peace, but not for submiting, as is usual, the adjournment of Congress. The document was submitted to Lincoln, who, after pondering a few moments, took up a pen and wrote with his own handthe 20th of March, he invited the President to pay him a visit at City Point. Lincoln assented at once, and arrived on the 22nd. On the 25th, Sherman, leaving Schopects to the President. Admiral Porter was also present at the interview, and Lincoln listened with the keenest interest to Sherman's graphic story of his march.
e in the enemy's rear, and in all probability get any force that may escape you by a flank attack. Do not fear my leaving here. If the enemy remains, I shall fight at daylight. And so, all through this anxious night, the generals were issuing and receiving orders, the officers were marshalling or moving troops, and aides-de-camp and orderlies were riding across dark and muddy roads, threading forests and fording streams. From daylight till daylight again, Grant was sending messages to Lincoln and Sheridan and Meade and Ord; directing first a division and then a corps of infantry, and afterwards another division of cavalry, to the support of his beleaguered subordinate; planning a battle on a field he had never seen; persisting in his effort to break through the right of Lee. He had little rest that night in his camp bed at Dabney's saw-mill. His double anxiety was extreme. At no time since the army of the Potomac left the Rapidan had an entire wing of his command been so enda
court—house object of Lee evacuation of Petersburg entrance of national troops orders of Grant to intercept Lee Grant's entry into Petersburg interview with Lincoln departure of Grant for Appomattox valley fall of Richmond conduct of Davis and Lee-misery of inhabitants withdrawal of garrison firing of city night of Apriifty pieces of artillery. . . . All seems well with us, and everything quiet just now. I think the President might come out and pay us a visit to-morrow. To this Lincoln himself replied: Allow me to tender to you, and all with you, the nation's grateful thanks for the additional and magnificent success. At your kind suggestion, I officer and escort will attend him, but, as to myself, I start towards the Danville road with the army. I want to cut off as much of Lee's army as possible. Lincoln, however, arrived before Grant had left the town, and the two had a short interview in the rebel porch. The President, of course, was cheerful at the great succe
promptly and in good faith withdraw its troops from resistance to the government. I do not think it very probable, said Lincoln, that anything will come of this, but I have thought best to notify you, so that, if you should see signs, you may underrds: If the thing is pressed, I think that Lee will surrender. The general-in-chief forwarded a copy of the dispatch to Lincoln, who replied: Let the thing be pressed. Early on the morning of the 7th of April, Ord discovered that the rebels had ink so now. I could not resist asking how then he came to serve against the government, and he replied that it was President Lincoln's proclamation calling for troops to coerce the South which decided him to act with his section. He spoke very bed by the same spirit, were communicated to Sherman in person, when he visited City Point on the 28th; were explained to Lincoln, and again included in the final instructions to Meade and Sheridan and Ord. In all there was the same definiteness of o
of expenses of government rejoicing of country assassination of Lincoln negotiations between Sherman and Johnston manoeuvres of rebels rview, Sherman received a telegram announcing the assassination of Lincoln, and, as soon as the two commanders were alone, he showed the disp hostilities at the earliest possible moment. The instructions of Lincoln to Grant on the 3rd of March, communicated by Stanton, were to bency at Appomattox, and was aware of the charity which had animated Lincoln's great heart. Everything conspired to make him accede too readilt was indeed peculiarly and fortunately placed. He stood between Lincoln and Stanton, the two great men in civil life whom the epoch produces. He had, indeed, magnificent men on both sides to deal with: Lincoln, with his exceptional fitness for his place, his political sagacitsessed. He did not lack the energy of Stanton nor the sympathy of Lincoln with the people; his strategy was not inferior to that of Sherman,
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