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was going to take a steamer and go up the Potomac to Washington, and I left him. He never suggested that he had any orders or instructions to go to Annapolis. His orders were to go through Baltimore, and if he could not go through Baltimore, he was to go around by sea to the mouth of the Potomac, and then up the Potomac to Washington. I thereupon, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, after having waited for three or four hours for him to make up his mind, embarked on board the train for Wilmington. I was told by Mr. Felton, who was the last man I shook hands with as I got on the train, and directed it to move, that he believed the steamer Maryland had been captured by Baltimore roughs, as he expressed it. He advised me to take care not to be found on board the cars when I got in the neighborhood of the steamer. I thanked him and busied myself the first part of the way in preparing my regiment for action. I went through the cars, saw every man, examined his rifle, found it in good
rison at Wilmington and all the forces about Wilmington, except a small garrison at Fort Fisher, hadnforcements being sent by the Weldon Road to Wilmington in case we moved in that direction. The oth to see if we could not effect a surprise at Wilmington, as it seemed evident that the enemy supposenavy could enter the harbor, and the port of Wilmington would be sealed. Should Fort Fisher and theing, it will be worth the attempt to capture Wilmington by a forced march and surprise. If time ied, an intelligent report of the work around Wilmington, and of the effect of this expedition. Give and had arrived by land the night before at Wilmington, which was about twenty-one or twenty-two mi be with blockaders going to and coming from Wilmington, drawing all the water there was in the chan In less than thirty days he would be behind Wilmington which must of course fall as did Savannah. That would stop the blockade running into Wilmington as effectually as it was done by the expenditur[9 more...]
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
s ought to be discharged because no charges had been made against them. That was true also, and yet it was for the good of the service. I was not asked why I made the arbitrary arrests and confined parties to close imprisonment, treating them very well in some cases, and I now state I would do so again under the same circumstances and submit my action to the judgment of good. people. There was, at Nassau, a gathering of pilots who knew the harbors of Mobile, Savannah, Charleston, and Wilmington. These harbors, could only be entered by vessels in the charge of pilots who were, expert enough to run in in dark nights only, in order to get by our blockading fleet. The pilots, in the darkest night, could take large blockade runners in through the narrow channel where Porter with all his officers and sixty vessels, four of which had been blockade runners captured there, could not get in in two days in the daylight, even after he had silenced the forts that defended the entrance to, t
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 20: Congressman and Governor. (search)
was by the act of the Confederate Congress to be devoted to the purchase of Confederate governmental supplies. There is a curious fact that I desire to state in regard to blockade running and the capture of blockade runners: An examination of the captures will show a much larger number of the higher class blockade runners captured when coming out again from blockaded ports than when running in. A Scotch runner could be loaded up with supplies of various sorts and run in, we will say at Wilmington, eluding our blockaders by its swiftness. Because of the necessities of the South the cargo of supplies was sold to them at enormous prices and paid for in cotton at ten or fifteen cents a pound, with which the vessel was then loaded to its utmost capacity. That cotton if brought to Europe or a Northern port would bring a dollar a pound, so that the cargo was exceedingly valuable — very much more valuable than the cargo brought in. Every ton would be worth say $2,000, or a hundred tons $
f will be required. They are to be going to Wilmington. Benj. F. Butler, Major-General Commanding. him, I judge, most of the forces from about Wilmington. It is, therefore, important that Weitzel she may, by a bold dash, succeed in capturing Wilmington. Make all the arrangements for his departurall on the fort. Explosion heard plainly in Wilmington. When I telegraphed Colonel Lamb to know wht St. Philip. That at least the blockade of Wilmington would be thus effectual, even if we did not Hoke's division had come the night before to Wilmington, and were then on the march, if they had nottenant-general directed the expedition, that Wilmington had been denuded of troops to oppose General That at the time when the army arrived off Wilmington, there were less than four hundred men in thS. N., Commanding N. A. B. Squadron, off Wilmington, N. C.: Sir:--The bureau desires that you wiantic Squadron, U. S. flag-Ship Malvern, off Wilmington, Dec. 24, 1864. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretar[3 more...]
Hatteras, 337; against Fort St. Philip, 368; in New Orleans, 375; makes demonstration against Camp Moore, 460; before Vicksburg, 455, 456, 461, 463; defends Baton Rouge, 480-481; correspondence with Butler regarding Baton Rouge, 484-485; general orders regarding, 485-486; reference to, 864; at New Orleans, 876; death of, 482, 896-897. Williams College confers degree of Ll. D. on Butler, 976. Williamsburg, Union forces occupy, 617; colored cavalry at, 638; move under West to, 640. Wilmington expedition, 774, 779, 782, 830; blockade runners enter harbor, 849. Windmill Point, Hancock at, 686. Winans, Ross, 227, 229, 233, 235, 239. Winthrop, Robert C., appointed U. S. Senator, 116. Winthrop, Theodore, first meeting with, 201; story of march to Washington, 203; opinion of contraband story, 259; draws order attack Big Bethel, 267; killed at Big Bethel, 269-270. Wise, Brigadier-General, 678, 679, 685. Wise, Chief of Ordnance, 808. Wistar, Brigadier-General, sends