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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
matter in his Memoirs as follows:-- unclear>Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Vol. I. p. 325. On the 2d of March, 1862] I received orders [from Halleck] dated March 1 to move my command back to Fort Henry, leaving only a small garrison at Donelson. From Fort Henry expeditions were to be sent against Eastport, Mississippi, and Paris, Tennessee. We started from Donelson on the 4th, and the same day I was back on the Tennessee River. On March 4, I also received the following despatch fromDonelson on the 4th, and the same day I was back on the Tennessee River. On March 4, I also received the following despatch from General Halleck:-- Maj.-Gen. U. S. Grant, Fort Henry: You will place Maj.-Gen. C. F. Smith in command of expedition, and remain yourself at Fort Henry. Why do you not obey my orders to deport strength and positions of your command? H. W. Halleck, Major-General. I was surprised. This was the first intimation I had received that General Halleck had called for information as to the strength of my command. On the 6th he wrote to me again: Your going to Nashville without authority, and
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 8: from the battle of Bull Run to Paducah--Kentucky and Missouri. 1861-1862. (search)
eupon Buckner surrendered the garrison of twelve thousand men; Pillow and ex-Secretary of War General Floyd having personally escaped across the river at night, occasioning a good deal of fun and criticism at their expense. Before the fall of Donelson, but after that of Henry, I received, at Benton Barracks, the following orders: headquarters Department of the Missouri, St. Louis, February 13, 1862. Brigadier-General Sherman, Benton Barracks: You will immediately repair to Paducah, Kurse, the rebels let go their whole line, and fell back on Nashville and Island No.10, and to the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. Everybody was anxious to help. Boats passed up and down constantly, and very soon arrived the rebel prisoners from Donelson. I saw General Buckner on the boat, he seemed self-sufficient, and thought their loss was not really so serious to their cause as we did. From the time I had left Kentucky, General Buell had really made no substantial progress, though strong
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 9: battle of Shiloh. March and April, 1862. (search)
nd Buell looked to its capture as an event of great importance. On the 21st General Grant sent General Smith with his division to Clarksville, fifty miles above Donelson, toward Nashville, and on the 27th went himself to Nashville to meet and confer with General Buell, but returned to Donelson the next day. Meantime, General Donelson the next day. Meantime, General Halleck at St. Louis must have felt that his armies were getting away from him, and began to send dispatches to me at Paducah, to be forwarded by boat, or by a rickety telegraph-line up to Fort Henry, which lay entirely in a hostile country, and was consequently always out of repair. On the 1st of March I received the following dtary Academy during the early part of my career there, and afterward commandant of cadets. He was a very handsome and soldierly man, of great experience, and at Donelson had acted with so much personal bravery that to him many attributed the success of the assault. I immediately steamed up the Tennessee River, following the two
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 16 (search)
r, and occupy a position of almost dangerous elevation; but if you can continue as heretofore to be yourself, simple, honest, and unpretending, you will enjoy through life the respect and love of friends, and the homage of millions of human beings who will award to you a large share for securing to them and their descendants a government of law and stability. I repeat, you do General McPherson and myself too much honor. At Belmont you manifested your traits, neither of us being near; at Donelson also you illustrated your whole character. I was not near, and General McPherson in too subordinate a capacity to influence you. Until you had won Donelson, I confess I was almost cowed by the terrible array of anarchical elements that presented themselves at every point; but that victory admitted the ray of light which I have followed ever since. I believe you are as brave, patriotic, and just, as the great prototype Washington; as unselfish, kind-hearted, and honest, as a man shou
he battery, S. B. Buckner, Brigadier-General. General Grant's reply. Headquarters army in the field, camp near Donelson, Feb. 16. To Gen. S. B. Buckner Confederate Army: Yours of this date, proposing an armistice and appointment of Commiavy bombardment following the succeeding day. The night of Thursday will long be remembered by the troops surrounding Donelson. The weather, which for the two previous days had been so mild and genial, toward the close of the afternoon became chi so disastrous. Saturday, which was destined to witness the grand denouement of the tragedies which had a scene about Donelson, was cold, damp, and cheerless. Our troops, however, had but little time to cogitate upon the weather, or any other sube opinion prevalent in the army of the West is, that if the troops retired from Bowling Green could have concentrated at Donelson, or a reenforcement of ten thousand fresh men been added to the exhausted army at noon on Saturday, despite the fact tha
d Hundred and other Te Deums, when suddenly the delicious union of religion and rebellion was strangled as mercilessly as one throttles a litter of blind puppies, by the advent of the gallant Floyd, who commanded the vanguard of the retreat from Donelson. Old Hundred was dropped instanter — devotion was silenced — and if the name of Him they had met to worship was again mentioned in the course of that memorable Sunday, it was generally with the addition of an emphatic d — n. Harris instantwere, in addition to the food, several hundred barrels of whisky, the heads of which were knocked in, and the contents allowed to mingle with the waters of the Cumberland. About one hundred of our prisoners, who were captured by the rebels at Donelson, were found at this place upon the arrival of our troops — all of them were either sick or wounded. That they were glad to once more find themselves among friends, will not be doubted. It is not known precisely to what point the enemy is re
enough: excepting the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Indiana. and Twentieth Ohio, all had participated in the battle of Donelson. But this was a greater than Donelson, and consequently a more terrible ordeal in which to test what may be a thing of e few; they fought long and well, and suffered severely. They added yet brighter laurels to those they so dearly won at Donelson. I cannot fail to mention the gallant Major Nevins, who, though wounded, bravely performed his duty; and Adjt. Dickeyamented Carter, Captain commanding company K, who, with his company, so bravely cut his way through the rebel cavalry at Donelson, was among the first to fall on this bloody field mortally wounded. A good man, a true soldier, his loss is irreparablemselves by their bravery and gallant bearing. Lieut. Dean, commanding company D, added new laurels to those he won at Donelson. When the colors fell from the hand of the wounded bearer, he was first to seize and bear them on with the regiment.
Confederate Wags.--The Cairo (Ill.) correspondence abounds in such incidents as the following: Many amusing illustrations of rural simplicity were witnessed among the prisoners. A newsboy rushed on board the T. L. Magill, just arrived from Donelson, vociferously shouting: Here's yer mornin'papers. A stalwart Tennesseean shouted: Give me the Appeal. He really believed he could buy the Memphis and New-Orleans papers at Cairo, and when told they were not for sale, earnestly remarked: Why, the last time I was here, I bought all our papers here. Are ye afeard to sell ‘m? Another individual bought a ten-cent pie from a poor woman, and tendered her in payment ten dollars in confederate scrip, at the same time stretching forth his hand for nine dollars and ninety cents in change. The pastry-merchant declined the proffered bill; when the Southerner assured her: I took fur good as gold. It passes down our way right enough. A third prisoner having written a letter to his wife, got
Story of Beauregard's Sickness.--A despatch says that the story of Beauregard's being sick is false. We know that it was true. We had a long and interesting interview, with a perfectly reliable Pittsburgher, who was in Columbus, Kentucky, on last Tuesday week, after the battle of Donelson, and Beauregard was there. This gentleman knows and conversed there with Generals Polk, Cheatham, and Beauregard's staff-officers, and says that Beauregard had been quite sick, but not dangerously so — nothing worse than a very severe cold, which had quite enfeebled him. After his arrival, he mounted a horse and rode around for two hours, carefully surveying the natural and artificial defences of the place, and his report was, in short: You must evacuate. You have a wonderful amount of guns here, but no casemates. You couldn't hold the place two hours, and as for that trap down yonder, pointing to the water-battery placed on a level with the Mississippi and its posterior flat, it is a perfect
89. Escape of Floyd; or, the fall of Fort Donelson. by Sergeant Ed. C. Clark, Thirty-Second regiment, N. Y. S. V. Off Donelson, when the sun was low, Were gunboats running to and fro, Preparing fast to strike the blow That ended so triumphantly. E'er the sun had fairly passed The horizon, a tremendous blast Of artillery, that swept them fast From life into eternity! Our boys stood bravely to the fight, And in their hearts was burning bright The fire of patriotism, shedding light That led them on victoriously! On our decks the carnage raging, Plainly told the war was waging-- Still we were the foe engaging, McClernand fighting manfully. If Floyd and Pillow did but know The power of their determined foe, To whom we all great praise bestow, For whipping them so shamefully! Bravely fought that little fleet, Till the distant tramp of many feet Convinced them of the foe's retreat, And Floyd was trembling violently! “Pillow,” says he, “what shall we do? My legs to me have yet bee<
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