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ral Hood determined, on July 20th, to attack the corps of Generals Thomas and Schofield, who were in the act of crossing Peachtree Creek, hoping to defeat Thomas before he could fortify himself, then to fall on Schofield, and finally to attack McPherson's corps, which had reached Decatur, on the Georgia Railroad, driving the eneed to Franklin. From dispatches captured at Spring Hill, Hood learned that Schofield was instructed by Thomas to hold that position until Franklin could be made secure, and thus knew that it was important to attack Schofield promptly, concluding that, if he should escape at Franklin, he would gain the fortifications about Nas his tactics were of that school. If he had, by an impetuous attack, crushed Schofield's army, without too great a loss to his own, and Forrest could have executed his orders to capture the trains when Schofield's army was crushed, we should never have heard complaint because Hood attacked at Franklin, and these were the hopes
oits General Johnston Withdraws to Smithfield encounter at Averysboro battles of Bentonville Union of Sherman's and Schofield's forces Johnston's retreat to Raleigh. After the evacuation of Savannah by General Hardee, it soon became known thwest from joining Beauregard, enable him to destroy our force in detail by the joint action of his own army and that of Schofield, commanding the district of Wilmington. The anxiety created by this condition of affairs caused me, after full corresp large portion of the machinery which had been removed from Harpers Ferry—and effect a junction at that point with General Schofield's command, then known to be at Wilmington. Up to this time, while no encounter of any magnitude had taken place, tk, and in the evening of the 22d bivouacked near Smithfield. On the 23d the forces of General Sherman and those of General Schofield were united at Goldsboro, where they remained inactive for upward of two weeks. On the 9th of April the Confeder
s about six thousand five hundred land troops and fifty vessels of war of various sizes and classes, several ironclads, and the ship charged with two hundred thirty-five tons of powder. Some of the troops landed, but after a reconnaissance of the fort, which then had a garrison of about six thousand five hundred men, the troops were reembarked, and thus the expedition ended. On January 15, 1865, the attempt was renewed with a larger number of troops, amounting, after the arrival of General Schofield, to twentyodd thousand. Porter's fleet also received additional vessels, making the whole number fifty-eight engaged in the attack. The garrison of Fort Fisher had been increased to about double the number of men there on December 24th. The ironclad vessels of the enemy approached nearer the fort than on a former occasion, and the fire of the fleet was more concentrated and vastly more effective. Many of the guns in the fort were dismounted, and the parapets seriously injured, by t
so long collecting the plunder that General J. E. Slaughter heard of the expedition, moved against it, and drove it back with considerable loss, sustaining very little injury to his command. This was, I believe, the last armed conflict of the war, and, though very small in comparison to its great battles, it deserves notice as having closed the long struggle—as it opened—with a Confederate victory. The total number of prisoners paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, as reported by General Schofield, was 36,817; in Georgia and Florida, as reported by General Wilson, 52,543; aggregate surrender under the capitulation of General J. E. Johnston, 89,270. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Vol. II, p. 370. How many of this last number were men who left General Johnston's army to avoid the surrender, or were on detached service from the armies of Virginia and North Carolina, I have no means of ascertaining. The total number in the Department of Alabama and Mississippi paroled by Gen
ent of supplies to Amelia Court House, 570-72. Report on commissary after Lee's surrender. 578-79. St. Lawrence (frigate), 165, 166. St. Louis (gunboat), 25. Sallie (ship), 237. San Francisco (steamer), 266. Santissima Trinidad (ship), 234. Satellite (gunboat), 188. Savannah, Ga. Harbor defense, 172. Investment and evacuation, 484-85. Savannah (ship), 9, 494. Schade, Louis, 418. Schenck, General, 97. establishment of martial law in western Maryland, 389. Schofield, General, 475, 488, 489, 534, 537, 540, 548, 592, 613, 618, 619, 621. Schopf, —, 16, 17, 18, 19. Scott, Colonel, 37, 95. Gen. Winfield, 15, 104, 495, 515. Sea King (ship), 221. Secession, 3. Division of Southern sentiment, 4. Sectional rivalry, 12. Acquisition of power by one section, cause of trouble, not slavery, 136-37. Seddon, J. A., 339, 345, 418, 474. Sedgwick, General, 309, 310, 435-36. Selma (gunboat), 173. Semmes, General, 301, 307, 377. Admiral Raphael, 210, 235, 55