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ay by sickness. On my return to Lowell, I commenced the study of law in the office of William Smith, Esq., a New Hampshire lawyer of considerable learning. He had the most complete library in the city, and remnants of it, after escaping two fires, are still in my possession. But Mr. Smith had taken for himself an office in Boston, where he attended much more largely to operations in real esrness Stephens on pleading, one of the most delightful and profitable books I ever studied. Mr. Smith had a considerable number of tenement buildings in his charge, and about this time found it neof Common Pleas. The session was held in Lowell, and the Hon. Charles Henry Warren presided. Mr. Smith had quite given up the practice of the law in courts, although he had frequent applications foo be subjected to an examination by a judge of the higher courts before he could be admitted. Mr. Smith made an application for me to the judge for admission upon examination, stating that he though
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 8: from Hatteras to New Orleans. (search)
ttacking Fort St. Philip in the rear. To get there I myself waded in the water above my hips for nearly two miles--which was not unsafe but unpleasant. Here, Captain Smith, of the naval vessel Mississippi, which had been detained by Farragut to hold that station, kindly conveyed a detachment of my soldiers across the river, wherethe river, the lively ram having been destroyed. On the 27th, after the garrisons of the forts were captured at my pickets, I went on board the Wissahickon, Captain Smith, which was at quarantine, and joined Farragut at New Orleans, to consult with him as to the next move to be made. Meantime Farragut had gone up the river, e description of this performance with high encomiums upon the bravery and gallantry of the man who did it. After having read the article, I handed the paper to Captain Smith and said: I will hang that fellow whenever I catch him, and in such matters I always keep my intention. I think a proper ending for this chapter, for the pu
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 9: taking command of a Southern City. (search)
as the only Confederate gunboat that had not been destroyed by Farragut's fleet in its passage of the forts. The enemy asked that she might be sent up under a flag of Benj. F. Butler in 1863. engraved from a life-size bust. truce as a cartel to carry their wounded officers and men to the city. Of course she was to return and deliver herself up, because, as she was then, with Farragut's fleet above and below her, she could not possibly have escaped. This arrangement was made between Captain Smith, commanding the Mississippi at the quarantine, and the officers of the Confederate navy. They deliberately caused holes to be bored in the steamer, as she lay in the river after they had landed from her, and sunk her. They took care to keep themselves out of New Orleans after I came, for if I had found them there, they would have been deprived of future opportunity to do any more rascality, and by the most effectual means. I soon learned that the committee, with the assent of Soule,
eries on the 28th of June after three hours passage within range of the batteries. The entire harmlessness of the noise and confusion of that performance as a military operation, or in any other way, is fully demonstrated by the reports of General Smith, the immediate rebel commander, and of Earl Van Dorn, the department commander, extracts from which I give, from War Records, Series I., Vol. XV., pp. 8, 9. General Smith reports:-- The roar of cannon was now continuous and deafening; louGeneral Smith reports:-- The roar of cannon was now continuous and deafening; loud explosions shook the city to its foundations; shot and shell went hissing and tearing through trees and walls, scattering fragments far and wide in their terrific flight; men, women, and children rushed into the streets, and, amid the crash of falling houses, commenced their hasty flight to the country for safety This continued for about an hour and a half, when the enemy left, the vessels that had passed the lower batteries continuing on up the river. The result of this effort on the part
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 14: in command of the Army of the James. (search)
n — to operate on the south side of James River, Richmond being your objective point. To the force you already have will be added about ten thousand men from South Carolina, under Major-General Gillmore, who will command them in person. Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith is ordered to report to you, to command the troops sent into the field from your own department. General Gillmore will be ordered to report to you at Fortress Monroe, with all the troops on transports, by the 18th instant, or as soon twell to the lieutenant-general as to the general commanding the department. See Appendix No. 25. On the 4th of May the embarkation began at Yorktown, See Appendix No. 26. of the Tenth and Eighteenth Army Corps, under the command of Generals W. F. Smith and Q. A. Gillmore, amounting to about twenty-five thousand men. The colored troops (part of the Eighteenth Corps), about fifty-five hundred men, under command of Brig.-Gen. E. W. Hincks, embarked at Fortress Monroe. At sunrise of the 5th
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 15: operations of the Army of the James around Richmond and Petersburg. (search)
there on the night of the 14th of June. General Grant had instructed me that if I thought Petersburg could be captured I should send that corps under command of Smith the next morning with such force as I thought I could spare to make the attack. I knew that but a few more troops had been added to Wise's command in Petersburg, Petersburg. General Hancock not yet up; General Ames not here; General Brooks has three batteries; General Martindale one, and General Hinks ten light guns. W. F. Smith, Major-General. But my staff officer had seen Smith and Hancock talking together. Smith got Hancock at nine o'clock at night to relieve his own men from trds over and over regretted. In the February number (1886) of the century Magazine, page 576, is a paper written by General Grant, in which he says:-- General W. F. Smith, who had been promoted to the rank of major-general shortly after the battle of Chattanooga, on my recommendation, had not yet been confirmed. I found a de
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
t no such event happened. Everything of the official correspondence in relation to the current movements of the Army of the James went on without any intimation to me of any change of our official relations, and without any information as to any comment by Grant upon my report of the operations against Fort Fisher. I noticed nothing, except, perhaps, a want of cordiality in his manner. But on the 8th of January, about noon, I received, through the hands of Colonel Babcock, a crony of W. F. Smith, and a member of Grant's staff, who I had always known was bitterly opposed to me, a sealed envelope containing the following orders:-- War Department, Adjutant-General's office, Washington, Jan. 7, 1865. General Order No. 1. I. By direction of the President of the United States, Maj.-Gen. Benjamin F. Butler is relieved from the command of the Department of North Carolina and Virginia. Lieutenant-General Grant will designate an officer to take this command temporarily. II. Ma
itor should be my friend, Mr. James Parton, the historian, who promised, if called upon, to undertake the work. But it has so happened that while writing this book I have been obliged to bow my head with sorrowing anguish beside his coffin. I began the practice of the law September 3, 1840, being between twenty-one and twenty-two years of age, illy prepared, I admit. I was not obliged, before entering the courts, to pass through the novitiate that delays most young men. My teacher, Win. Smith, Esq., had some cases in court which he placed in my charge, he never afterwards himself trying a case in court, to my knowledge, and this brought me early before courts and juries. During my studies I became enamored with the rules of pleading, and especially with the rules of criminal pleading which seemed to me almost an exact science, requiring accuracy of statement, clearness and earnestness of thought, and exactness in logic, for if the pleader tripped in any one part he failed in a
ectly to his front. The force will be commanded by Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith. With Smith and Gillmore, Butler will seize City Petter of the 15th of April, brought by the hands of Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith. You are entirely right in saying there should b643.] headquarters Bermuda landing, May 7, 1864. Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith, commanding Eighteenth Army Corps, is directed to tQ. A. Gillmore, Maj.-Gen. Commanding Tenth Army Corps. W. F. Smith, Maj.-Gen. Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps. [no. 41nd North Carolina. Bermuda hundred, May 9, 1864. Major-Generals W. F. Smith and Q. A. Gillmore, Commanding Eighteenth and Te [no. 76. see page 695.] City Point, July 8, 1864. Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith, Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps: There will pr. IV. Subject to the approval of the President, Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith is relieved from the command of the Eighteenth Armyd in the correct place.] You then directed me to see General Smith personally, and to say to him that you peremptorily ord
ut, 651. Davenport, Lieut. John I., reports Smith's movements, 687,690; reports of, 701; on Butlom Moore on Butler's force, 477; letter to General Smith regarding Vicksburg, 485; proclaims Butler5; fail to reach Deep Bottom, 694; assigned to Smith's command, 695; order revoked, 696; reference ence to, 695, 715, 716; calumnious letter from Smith to, 696-697; letter quoted, 712-713. Ford's demonstration upon Deep Bottom, 693; relieves Smith of command, 696; orders Nineteenth Corps to Bu696; Smith's calumnies of, 696, 698, 713, 716; Smith's attack on Petersburg, 704; plans for captureainst Petersburg, 689; waives rank in favor of Smith, 689, 692; article reflecting upon, 700; quotes, 568,570; the unwise clemency of, 620; gives Smith command of Eighteenth Corps, 695; relieves Buterence to, 874. Parker, Commodore, succeeds Smith in command on James River, 750; the opening ofSenate, 116. Rawlings, Gen. John A., Butler-Smith correspondence sent to, 695; Butler's letter t[2 more...]