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before one and stopping at six. I then returned to the office at seven, and closed usually at ten. For exercise, my brother-in-law had given me a small gray saddle horse, very sprightly and strong. I usually rode him four or five nights a week, for an hour or two hours, about the suburbs of the city and lonely ways of the neighborhood, meanwhile amusing myself by recalling and reciting snatches of poetry, especially from Byron, and Moore, whom I much admired, and sometimes from Pope and Scott. Commencing in the early autumn of 1838, this continued till late in the spring of 1839. By this time, I had finished my Blackstone, and was told to read Kent's Commentaries for American law. I had lighted upon a treatise published in Rhode Island upon the Constitution of the United States, apparently a text-book for schools. I began by committing to memory the Constitution. Then I read the author's comments upon it, which learning has stood me in good stead ever since. I also read w
ts and interests of those they leave behind, we shall feel bound to urge and insist that their wishes be gratified,--their demand conceded. It will be observed that these utterances were made after secession had become a pronounced and vital question; and as I have shown, I voted for Davis in 1860, with intent to preserve the Union and ward off that very secession which Greeley long afterwards justified, advised, and did all that he could to incite. Nearly a year after my vote, Gen. Winfield Scott, then the Commander of the United States Army, being organized to prevent secession, declared in regard to the secession of certain Southern States: Wayward sisters; let them go in peace. It will be seen hereafter that at the time Greeley was writing these editorials, I was declaring to the leading members of the Southern States, my political associates, that there was no right of secession; that the government had a right to restrain it by force of arms, and that the North would f
ey told me that General Patterson had from General Scott some sort of military position in Philadel. wrote thus: Having been intrusted by General Scott with the arrangements for transporting you until further orders can be received from General Scott. This letter from Miller I knew was anen I got into Washington I reported him to General Scott who relieved him, and another quartermaste. At any rate, as will be seen hereafter, General Scott put it under my command very quickly when onduct, and was made military secretary to General Scott while in Mexico. Both Winthrop and Hamiltould do so. He stated that his orders from General Scott, when he sent him out, were such that it wh, for he had other business, and meantime General Scott laid his hand upon him for his own privatecott what he had been sent to ascertain. When Scott heard of Keyes' proceedings, he said:-- Whashal. Among the orders that came to me from Scott, was one creating the military department of A[9 more...]
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 5: Baltimore and Fortress Monroe. (search)
irs in Washington at the beginning of the war Scott's farcical parade of strength Davis might eas explanation indignant communication from General Scott why he was mad promoted to be Major-Geneport of that secession. Consequently Lieutenant-General Scott, commanding the armies of the United . This was done so late in the afternoon that Scott's exhibit of his forces showed only two compansoon afterwards. Lee, then relied upon by General Scott to command the Union forces, threw up his called upon to explain the proposition to General Scott. But he bade it wait, as I supposed he worongest possible suspicion that if I asked General Scott for orders to occupy Baltimore he would rettle irritable. In my first dispatch to General Scott, after I reached the Relay House from Wash Carolina a part of my department, I wrote General Scott as follows:-- headquarters Departmenteen them. May I ask the attention of Lieutenant-General Scott to this omission, which might prove e[38 more...]
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 6: contraband of War, Big Bethel and Hatteras. (search)
War, to whom I had duplicated my letter to General Scott. His instructions gave me no directions tured slaves. If he had read my letters to General Scott he would have seen that I was asking from as the popular belief, not mine. I was asking Scott for instructions as to what I should do with tound The Throne. I made requisition on General Scott for horses, for artillery, for wagons, andered thither at once. Reply immediately. Winfield Scott. headquarters Department of Virginia, Foke leave to transcribe his first letter to General Scott, August 24, three days after he was put in, Fortress Monroe Va, August 24. Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott, General-in-chief: General:--d not feel aggrieved at all; that I would beat Scott at his own game, as indeed I was already prepa; that Wool did not like Scott any better than Scott did me; that Wool wanted all the work done by ar. I also told Wool that in his assignment Scott did not mean to let him do anything any more t[11 more...]
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 7: recruiting in New England. (search)
a little reconnoissance into Eastern Virginia on the peninsula to see if that section could easily be separated from the rebel State. I had communicated with General Scott, and I found soon after I got home that General Dix was permitted to gather a force with which to make my expedition. I say my, because the dates will show whcratic friend, Capt. Paul R. George, who had been a quartermaster under General Cushing in the Mexican War, and was afterwards appointed chief quartermaster of General Scott's division, in which he served through that war. We were the warmest personal friends, and I had in mind for the colonelcy his brother, Lieut.-Col. John H. Geo He immediately came out with various orders in the newspapers, abusing me and my enterprise of recruitment. I went to Washington and saw the President and General Scott, and in order that I might not be overruled by any military order of Governor Andrew as commander-in-chief of the Massachusetts militia, I asked for the creati
ccessful fellow soldier. General Williams graduated at West Point in 1837; at once joined the Fourth Artillery in Florida, where he served with distinction; was thrice brevetted for gallant and meritorious services in Mexico as a member of General Scott's staff. His life was that of a soldier, devoted to his country's service. His country mourns in sympathy with his wife and children, now that country's care and precious charge. We, his companions in arms, who had learned to love him, w There were no draught mules in Mexico, and there were substantially none in all the West India Islands. There were plenty of pack mules in Mexico, but heavy ordnance could not be carried on the back of pack mules from Vera Cruz to the capital. Scott had met with the same misadventure. The French Emperor wanted those mules to transport the munitions of war with which to besiege the city of Mexico. Now, I was honestly on the side of Mexico, and as I was making preparations for an expeditio
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 13: occupations in 1863; exchange of prisoners. (search)
. . . I find myself in a new and strange position here: President, Cabinet, General Scott, and all deferring to me. By some strange operation of magic I seem to havee back and had a long interview with Seward about my pronunciamento against General Scott's policy. . . . But the old general always comes in the way. He understands nothing. McClellan's letter, Aug. 8, 1861. His story, page 84. . . .General Scott is the greatest obstacle. I have to fight my way against him. To-morrow thetly with you. McClellan's letter, Aug. 9, 1861. His story, page 85. General Scott is the most dangerous antagonist I have. Our ideas are so widely differentington, and before he had done a thing or struck a stroke except to get old General Scott out of his way, and in which he succeeded, as we have seen. Not spoiled by by getting the appointment of all the officers, and that he had got rid of General Scott. He saw also that McClellan had determined, as he admits, not to prosecute
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 16: capture of fortifications around Richmond, Newmarket Heights, Dutch Gap Canal, elections in New York and gold conspiracy. (search)
-- You know not what you ask. I will come down and dine with you, but to come into your house with my staff and orderlies, and the hundreds of people who may be brought there or visit me would drive you from your home. Besides, I must have very much more extensive accommodations. I had telegraphed to Assistant Quartermaster-General Van Vliet to meet me there, and he told me that he had looked about for headquarters for me. He said that the Hoffman House, in the rear part of which General Scott had rooms, had not yet been opened, and that he had taken the whole of the building for my use. Early in the morning of the 4th of November I occupied my headquarters. As the first incident I learned that one Judge Henry Clay Dean, in utter ignorance that I was at that time in New York, had made a speech the night before in which, according to a newspaper report, he stated that if I should attempt to march up Broadway I would be hanged to a lamp-post, or words to that effect. Althou
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
en then how little ambition for fighting these men had. I was sent as major-general commanding to Fortress Monroe on the 22d of May, 1861, and I was told by General Scott that I was fortunate in having there some sixteen young officers who would aid me in organizing troops. Now, of those sixteen young men, ten had had relationserson Davis while Secretary of War, for my supposed military knowledge as a civilian. I at that time held the title of brigadier-general, and was met there by General Scott, who reminded me that he was the oldest, as I was the youngest, general in the United States. I knew the young gentlemen at the table meant no harm, but I t studies. Much of the time, I am sorry to say, was devoted to novels, but not those of a trashy sort. I read all of Bulwer's then published, Cooper's, Marryat's, Scott's, Washington Irving's works, Lever's, and many others that I do not now remember. Mathematics was very easy to me, so that when January came, I passed the examin
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