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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)
t. Louis, on the expiration of my leave of absence, I found that General Halleck was beginning to move his troops: one part, under General U. S. Grant, up the Tennessee River; and another part, under General S. R. Curtis, in the direction of Springfield, Missouri. General Grant was then at Paducah, and General Curtis was under ordellum or I said, Naturally the centre. Halleck drew a line perpendicular to the other, near its middle, and it coincided nearly with the general course of the Tennessee River; and he said, That's the true line of operations. This occurred more than a month before General Grant began the movement, and, as he was subject to General I started for Paducah the same day, and think that General Cullum went with me to Cairo; General Halleck's purpose being to push forward the operations up the Tennessee River with unusual vigor. On reaching Paducah, I found this dispatch: headquarters Department of the Missouri, St. Louis, February 15, 1862. Brigadier-Genera
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 9: battle of Shiloh. March and April, 1862. (search)
important operations then in progress up the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Fort Donelson surrn as possible, to move your column up the Tennessee River. The main object of this expedition wills purpose was evidently to operate up the Tennessee River, to break up Bear Creek Bridge and the raommunications between the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, and no doubt lie was provoked that Generhe assault. I immediately steamed up the Tennessee River, following the two gunboats, and, in passd to the command of all the troops up the Tennessee River, by reason of General Smith's extreme illhe landing is the best I have seen on the Tennessee River. The levee is clear of trees or snags,ine of camps was almost parallel with the Tennessee River, and about two miles back from it. Very sGeneral Buell had reached the bank of the Tennessee River opposite Pittsburg Landing, and was in thneral Buell's army was on our side of the Tennessee River that evening, and their loss was trivial.[2 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 12 (search)
While the Army of the Tennessee, under Generals Grant and C. F. Smith, was operating up the Tennessee River, another force, styled the Army of the Mississippi, commanded by Major-General John Pope, wine of supply and retreat. At the very time that we were fighting the bloody battle on the Tennessee River, General Pope and Admiral Foote were bombarding the batteries on Island Number10, and the Kies; so that before the end of April our army extended from Snake River on the right to the Tennessee River, at Hamburg, on the left, and must have numbered nearly one hundred thousand men. Ample supplies of all kinds reached us by the Tennessee River, which had a good stage of water; but our wagon transportation was limited, and much confusion occurred in hauling supplies to the several campthe general impression was that he was en route for Eastport, with the purpose to cross the Tennessee River in the direction of Nashville, in aid of General Bragg, then in full career for Kentucky. G
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 13 (search)
above. In a sharp engagement he lost one of his best officers, in the person of Captain Gwin, United States Navy, who, though on board an ironclad, insisted on keeping his post on deck, where he was struck in the breast by a round shot, which carried away the muscle, and contused the lung within, from which he died a few days after. We of the army deplored his loss quite as much as his fellows of the navy, for he had been intimately associated with us in our previous operations on the Tennessee River, at Shiloh and above, and we had come to regard him as one of us. On the 4th of January, 1863, our fleet of transports was collected at Milliken's Bend, about ten miles above the mouth of the Yazoo, Admiral Porter remaining with his gunboats at the Yazoo. General John A. McClernand was in chief command, General George W. Morgan commanded the First Corps and I the Second Corps of the Army of the Mississippi. I had learned that a small steamboat, the Blue Wing, with a mail, towing
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 15 (search)
delay to assist General Rosecrans on the Tennessee River. Urge Sherman to act with all possibleaptain Phelps, which had been sent up the Tennessee River by Admiral Porter, to help us. Satisfiecent rise of water in the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers will enable you to employ water transport in a canoe; that he had paddled down the Tennessee River, over Muscle Shoals, was fired at all theized force of the rebel army north of the Tennessee River, but the country was full of guerrillas. pontoon-bridge had been thrown across the Tennessee River at Brown's Ferry, by which supplies were Foreseeing difficulty in crossing the Tennessee River, I had written to Admiral Porter, at Cairmplated that, in addition to crossing the Tennessee River and making a lodgment on the terminus of ht thousand men were on the east bank of the Tennessee, and had thrown up a very respectable rifle-from Chattanooga, along the east bank of the Tennessee, connecting my new position with that of the[6 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 16 (search)
east bank of the Mississippi River, from Natchez up to the Ohio River, and thence along the Tennessee River as high as Decatur and Bellefonte, Alabama. General McPherson was at Vicksburg and General ons, that I will have the necessary permission. Half the Army of the Tennessee is near the Tennessee River, beyond Huntsville, Alabama, awaiting the completion of the railroad, and, by present orderivision, as early in April as possible, for I am sure we ought to move from the base of the Tennessee River to the south before the season is too far advanced, say as early as April 15th next. I fll you can to put two handsome divisions of your own corps at Cairo, ready to embark up the Tennessee River by the 20th or 30th of April at the very furthest. I wish it could be done quicker; but theith cavalry and infantry to march toward Tuscaloosa, at the same time that we move from the Tennessee River about Chattanooga. I don't know as yet the grand strategy of the next campaign, but on a
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 17 (search)
ntry. About this time, viz., the early part of April, I was much disturbed by a bold raid made by the rebel General Forrest up between the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers. He reached the Ohio River at Paducah, but was handsomely repulsed by Colonel Hicks. He then swung down toward Memphis, assaulted and carried Fort Pillow, ll simply state that Forrest, availing himself of the absence of our furloughed men and of the detachment with you, has pushed up between the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, even to the Ohio. He attacked Paducah, but got the worst of it, and he still lingers about the place. I hope that he will remain thereabouts till General was also short by two other divisions that were on their veteran furlough, and were under orders to rendezvous at Cairo, before embarking for Clifton, on the Tennessee River. On the 10th of April, 1864, the headquarters of the three Armies of the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Ohio, were at Chattanooga, Huntsville, and Knoxville, a
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, Chapter 16: Atlanta campaign-battles about Kenesaw Mountain. June, 1864. (search)
sion for its own supply-train from the depot in Big Shanty to the camps. Meantime each army was deploying carefully before the enemy, intrenching every camp, ready as against a sally. The enemy's cavalry was also busy in our rear, compelling us to detach cavalry all the way back as far as Resaca, and to strengthen all the infantry posts as far as Nashville. Besides, there was great danger, always in my mind, that Forrest would collect a heavy cavalry command in Mississippi, cross the Tennessee River, and break up our railroad below Nashville. In anticipation of this very danger, I had sent General Sturgis to Memphis to take command of all the cavalry in that quarter, to go out toward Pontotoc, engage Forrest and defeat him; but on the 14th of June I learned that General Sturgis had himself been defeated on the 10th of June, and had been driven by Forrest back into Memphis in considerable confusion. I expected that this would soon be followed by a general raid on all our roads in
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 21 (search)
and new troops, to defend the line of the Tennessee River; and with the rest I will push into the h will go to Tuscumbia before crossing the Tennessee River. He was evidently out of supplies. His ched for a point on the south side of the Tennessee River, opposite Florence, where he was compellece intermediate between Hood (then on the Tennessee River, opposite Florence) and Forrest, opposite re ported that the enemy had crossed the Tennessee River four miles above Florence, and that he hawith much confidence on the fact that the Tennessee River below Muscle Shoals was strongly patrollectober Forrest made his appearance on the Tennessee River opposite Johnsonville (whence a new railrhief object. If he ventures north of the Tennessee River, I may turn in that direction, and endeavt; but thus far he has not gone above the Tennessee River. General Thomas will have a force strong nce, Alabama, occupying both banks of the Tennessee River, busy in collecting shoes and clothing fo[1 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 22 (search)
ed by the high encomiums you have passed on our recent campaign, which is now complete by the occupation of Savannah. I am also very glad that General Grant has changed his mind about embarking my troops for James River, leaving me free to make the broad swath you describe through South and North Carolina, and still more gratified at the news from Thomas, in Tennessee, because it fulfills my plans, which contemplated his being able to dispose of Hood, in case he ventured north of the Tennessee River. So, I think, on the whole, I can chuckle over Jeff. Davis's disappointment in not turning my Atlanta campaign into a Moscow disaster. I have just finished a long letter to General Grant, and have explained to him that we are engaged in shifting our base from the Ogeechee to the Savannah River, dismantling all the forts made by the enemy to bear upon the salt-wlater channels, transferring the heavy ordnance, etc., to Fort Pulaski and Hilton Head, and in remodeling the enemy's interi
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