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e rushing water carries all before it, so that close-formed and waiting Confederate brigade left its cover and rushed down the railway cut and not only displaced Jones's front, but carried away the supporting lines and seized two of our batteries. It was the first bona fide break in Logan's front, and it afforded Cheatham a temporary triumph. During that exciting, noisy, tumultuous and eventful afternoon my own part was easy. I was constantly reminded to keep the Confederate Stewart or G. W. Smith from leaving my front. We did that. I was also to be carefully prepared to reenforce Logan should he require any assistance. My Fourth Corps men were ready for that also. As the battle came nearer, being naturally anxious, and desirous to be very prompt when Sherman should say the word, I took a few officers with me, and went over some hundred yards to Schofield's front. He had before this sent out one brigade to Decatur to help Sprague defend the trains, and Cox with two others o
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 2, Chapter 40: return to Atlanta; the March to the sea; Battle of Griswoldville, ga. (search)
he approaches by using iron hail were more than equal to 10,000 opponents, however determined they might be. General Gustavus W. Smith was an assistant professor in engineering at West Point the last year of my cadet term (1853-4), and taught ourl Woods foots his losses: 13 killed, 79 wounded, and 2 missing; total, 93. The enemy's loss was a little over 600. General Smith had been delayed in Macon while his command was hastening on toward Augusta; they found that we had two corps of our ring the battle I took post with my staff where I could reenforce if necessary. I was glad to be able to demonstrate General Smith's instructions in regard to taking a new military position. Later, during the stormy Reconstruction period, GenerGeneral G. W. Smith defended me in the face of criticism of my efforts to alleviate the suffering of the negro when passing from slavery to freedom. I have always remembered the kindness with gratitude and appreciation. After the battle I wrote the
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 2, Chapter 41: the march to the sea; capture of Fort McAllister and Savannah (search)
re a new and more difficult campaign of the Carolinas opened before us. We remained in comparative quiet at Savannah till January 1, 1865. On New Year's Day Sherman took me aside and said that we were to move on through the Carolinas as soon as possible. He had a map of the coast in his hand. Opening it he showed me Robertsville in South Carolina, and also Pocotaligo Junction, on the Savannah & Charleston Railroad. It was not far from Pocotaligo that the Confederates, including G. W. Smith's Macon contingent, had met Foster's and Saxton's Union men and defeated them while we were on the march from Atlanta to the sea. Sherman said that he wanted me to move my wing of the army by water over to the Island of Beaufort, S. C., and go thence northward, cross an arm of the sea, secure a landing, and then proceed to Pocotaligo. I must time myself so as to get there by January 15th (inst.). Can you do it There were too many elements in the problem presented to be solved offhand.
6, 461, 477, 478, 566. Sloan, J. B., II, 302. Slocum, Henry W., I, 168, 311,354-357, 359-363, 365, 367-369, 376, 381, 393, 399, 413, 416, 418, 419, 423, 424, 426, 427, 430, 431, 433, 434, 450, 458, 461,499; II, 16, 17, 41, 42,51,57, 70, 75, 76, 94, 103, 104, 112, 115, 116, 119, 120,130, 136-138, 140-144, 146-149, 151, 553. Smith, C. H., II, 335. Smith, E. Kirby, I, 45, 160, 194; II, 309. Smith, E. P., I, 486, 535; II, 402, 407. Smith, Giles A., II, 103, 104, 108, 138. Smith, G. W., I, 225, 234, 236, 237, 240, 241, 578, 598, 604, 608; II, 5,7,9, 11, 13, 72, 73, 95. Smith, John A.; II, 398-400. Smith, John E., II, 46, 103, 104,109. Smith, John Lind, I, 96. Smith. Joseph S.. I, 119. Smith, Morgan L., I, 590, 592; 1I. 12, 19, 20, 24. Smith, Orland, I, 467. Smith, W. F., I, 172, 299, 300, 328, 481. Smith, William Sooy, I, 49. Smyrna Campground, Battle of, I, 589. Smyth, T. A., I, 436. Smyth, William, I, 31, 33, 39 Sollers, Mr., I, 179