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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 15 (search)
arrative of his adventures, which would have filled a volume; told me how he had made two attempts to burn the bridge, and failed; and said that at the time of our entering Columbia he was a prisoner in the hands of the rebels, under trial for his life, but in the confusion of their retreat he made his escape and got into our lines, where he was again made a prisoner by our troops because of his looks. Pike got some clothes, cleaned up, and I used him afterward to communicate with Wilmington, North Carolina. Some time after the war, he was appointed a lieutenant of the Regular Cavalry, and was killed in Oregon, by the accidental discharge of a pistol. Just before his death he wrote me, saying that he was tired of the monotony of garrison-life, and wanted to turn Indian, join the Cheyennes on the Plains, who were then giving us great trouble, and, after he had gained their confidence, he would betray them into our hands. Of course I wrote him that he must try and settle down and bec
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 20 (search)
e, I want to send a force of from six to ten thousand men against Wilmington. The way I propose to do this is to land the men north of Fort Fd at Mobile. This will give us the same control of the harbor of Wilmington that we now have of the harbor of Mobile. What you are to do wit River and Columbus, Georgia. The utter destruction of Wilmington, North Carolina, is of importance only in connection with the necessity otting the heavy ships across the bar than in reaching the town of Wilmington; but, of course, the soundings of the channel are well known at W Canby's should be reinforced to the maximum; that, after you get Wilmington, you should strike for Savannah and its river; that General Canby march on Augusta, Columbia, and Charleston; and start as soon as Wilmington is sealed to commerce, and the city of Savannah is in our possessashamed to take my troops for such a purpose. If you will secure Wilmington and the city of Savannah from your centre, and let General Canby
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 22 (search)
fifteen hundred dismounted cavalry. Bragg has gone from Wilmington. I am trying to take advantage of his absence to get poo our wishes and plans). Then I would favor an attack on Wilmington, in the belief that Porter and Butler will fail in theirBut, on the hypothesis of ignoring Charleston and taking Wilmington, I would then favor a movement direct on Raleigh. The go move for some point of the railroad from Charleston to Wilmington, between the Santee and Cape Fear Rivers; then, communiceet in the neighborhood of Georgetown, I would turn upon Wilmington or Charleston, according to the importance of either. I rather prefer Wilmington, as a live place, over Charleston, which is dead and unimportant when its railroad communications ken. I take it for granted that the present movement on Wilmington will fail. If I should determine to take Charleston, I reason to believe the North Carolina troops have gone to Wilmington; in other words, they are scattered. I have reason to b
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 23 (search)
h supplies when we should reach the coast at Wilmington or Newbern, North Carolina. Of course, I on the 18th Terry moved on Wilmington. If Wilmington is captured, Schofield will go there. If no will have fourteen thousand against you, if Wilmington is not held by the enemy, casualties at Fortsand will cooperate with you from Newbern or Wilmington, or both. You can call for reinforcements. al Terry will follow it up by the capture of Wilmington, although I do not look for it, from Admiralis forces against me. I feel sure of getting Wilmington, and may be Charleston, and being at Goldsborailroads finished back to Morehead City and Wilmington, I can easily take Raleigh, when it seems thay be Goldsboroa (or, rather, a point on the Wilmington road, south of Goldsboroa). It is not necess railroad communication back to Beaufort and Wilmington). If Lee lets us get that position, he is go with the railroad back to Morehead City and Wilmington. As soon as General Schofield reaches Fort [5 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, Chapter 22: campaign of the Carolinas. February and March, 1866. (search)
Fear River, secure a boat, and float down to Wilmington to convey a letter, and to report our approa, March 8, 1865. Commanding Officer, Wilmington, North Carolina: We are marching for Fayettevillehis point, and has opened communication with Wilmington. A tug-boat came up this morning, and will ecessary fall of Charleston, Georgetown, and Wilmington. If I can now add Goldsboroa without too muting that there was no clothing to be had at Wilmington; but he brought up some sugar and coffee, whield all the details of his operations about Wilmington and Newbern; also of the fight of the Twentyeld's corps had better go to operate against Wilmington and Goldsboroa. The instructions with this ure certain success, I deemed the capture of Wilmington of the greatest importance. Butler came near soon of your junction with the forces from Wilmington and Newbern, I remain, very respectfully, yofield, from Newbern, and General Terry, from Wilmington. I knew that General Jos. Johnston was supr[28 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 25 (search)
The railroads to our rear had also been repaired, so that stores were arriving very fast, both from Morehead City and Wilmington. The country was so level that a single locomotive could haul twenty-five and thirty cars to a train, instead of only with establish a depot at Winton, with a sub-depot at Murfreesboroa. Major-General Schofield will hold, as heretofore, Wilmington (with the bridge across Northern Branch as an outpost), Newbern (and Kinston as its outpost), and will be prepared to hait my return from the South. On the 29th of April, with a part of my personal staff, I proceeded by rail to Wilmington, North Carolina, where I found Generals Hawley and Potter, and the little steamer Russia, Captain Smith, awaiting me. After a short pause in Wilmington, we embarked, and proceeded down the coast to Port Royal and the Savannah River, which we reached on the 1st of May. There Captain Hosea, who had just come from General Wilson at Macon, met us, bearing letters for me and Gen