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ter the victory results of the capture of Fort Donelson. Shortly after the battle of Belmont, tmpleted. * * * * I shall take and destroy Fort Donelson on the 8th, and return to Fort Henry. This was the first mention of Fort Donelson, whether in conversation or dispatches, between the two co on the 7th, General Grant expects to take Fort Donelson, at Dover, to-morrow. Halleck congratul the Cumberland, to effect a landing below Fort Donelson, and as near the fort as practicable, to e been easier than to prepare obstructions. Donelson was one of the strongest works then establishhe intrenchments, thus securing the key to Fort Donelson. McClernand and Lewis Wallace, on the riged and twenty-three prisoners, captured at Fort Donelson; and Grant estimated that at least twenty-rtment, are we indebted for our success at Fort Donelson. In my strait for troops to reinforce Gen of February, three days after the fall of Fort Donelson, he telegraphed to Washington: Smith, by h[29 more...]
ders, no. 1. headquarters, District of West Tennessee, Fort Donelson, February 17, 1862. By virtue of directions from heafirst official intercourse occurred during the siege of Fort Donelson, when Sherman forwarded troops and supplies to Grant win of rank with you or General Smith. After the fall of Fort Donelson, Sherman congratulated Grant warmly on his success, andtook possession of Clarksville, about fifty miles above Fort Donelson, and Grant wrote to Cullum announcing the fact, and pro army seems to be as much demoralized by the victory of Fort Donelson as was that of the Potomac by the defeat of Bull Run. knowing my strength, whilst my command was surrounding Fort Donelson, than I had. Troops were reporting daily by your order,s, numerous irregularities are said to have occurred at Fort Donelson. These were in violation of the orders issued by Generh was sixty years old, and the exposure he underwent at Fort Donelson produced an illness, which proved fatal before the next
fensive, to undertake any movement of an aggressive character. Those battles occurred in September and October; and, on the 25th of the latter month, he as sumed command of the Department of the Tennessee, which included Cairo, Forts Henry and Donelson, northern Mississippi, and the portions of Kentucky and Tennessee west of the Tennessee river. The next day he wrote to Halleck: You never have suggested to me any plan of operations in this department. . . . . As situated now, with no more tted to step at once to the highest positions in the army, without the knowledge or experience which alone could fit him for important command. He had political and personal influence, however, and made ample use of it. Having served at Belmont, Donelson, and Shiloh, he declared he was tired of furnishing brains for the Army of the Tennessee, and so claimed the command, which he announced, and very possibly believed, was his right. His claims were supported by not a few individuals of considera
nt. A copy of the address was sent at once to his headquarters, and, the next day, McClernand was relieved of the command of his corps, and ordered home. Major-General Ord was appointed in his stead, subject to the approval of the President. See Appendix for McClernand's order, and the letters of Generals Sherman and McPherson. This was the termination of the troublesome connection with McClernand. It had begun at Cairo, in 1861. McClernand had served under Grant, at Belmont, and Donelson, and Shiloh, but early developed the qualities which afterwards insured his downfall. At first, he had been willing to learn from men versed in their profession and experienced in war; but he soon set about accomplishing his advancement by political means. His efforts, partially successful, to obtain a high command; his protracted machinations to supersede Grant, which were only defeated by the wise counsels of the general-in-chief, and the practical good sense of the administration; his
on, these were Ord, who commanded the Thirteenth corps after the 26th of June, and Steele, Carr, and A. J. Smith, commanding divisions; all of whom distinguished themselves, and did good service to the country all the others had entered the volunteer service without the advantage of a military education, or the spur of a lifetime ambition; they went to war, as the soldiers of the whole army did, because the country was in danger. These men studied hard in the school of experience; Belmont, Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, and Iuka were their instructors; their lessons were learned under the eyes of Grant and Sherman and McPherson: and, at the fall of Vicksburg, the commanders of divisions and brigades, whether on the march or the battle-field, in siege operations or in garrison, were equal to the emergency. Their practical knowledge of a commander's duties was gained; their energy, promptness, subordination, and gallantry were qualities without which, neither their own advancement, nor th
This was in harmony with the constant habit and purpose of Grant. In all his campaigns, he strove to take the initiative; experience had taught him that thus he was far more likely to succeed; but, before his experience began, he had acted on the same principle; his instincts prompted this course. His philosophy, like that of most men, was in accord with his character and temperament, and, probably, as much the result of these as the product of thought or experience. At Paducah, Belmont, Donelson, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga, he had been able to act on this plan; at Shiloh, Corinth, and Iuka, the enemy had taken the initiative. In the first cases, success amply confirmed his views; and, in the latter, the added difficulties which the course of the rebels imposed, were fully as strong corroboration. Immediately after the battle of Chattanooga, Bragg was relieved from the command of his army, and temporarily succeeded by Lieutenant-General Hardee. It is a little singular to remark
hrough life the respect and love of friends and the homage of millions of human beings, that will award you a large share in 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 admitted a ray of light I have followed since. I believe you are as brave, patriotic, and just, as the great prototype Washington—as unselfish, kind-hearted, and honest as a man should be—but the chief characteristic is the simple faith in success you have always manifested, which I can liken to nothing else than the faith a Christian has in the Saviour. This fai<
olumbus to reenforce Fort Henry, also from Fort Donelson at Dover. If you can occupy the road to Ddier-General. Field order for March to Fort Donelson. General field orders, no. 7. headquartemove by the Telegraph road, directly, upon Fort Donelson, halting for further orders, at a distancerant, commanding United States Forces near Fort Donelson. Order of General Buckner. headquarters, Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862. Major Crosby will take or send by an officer to the enemy tn Dover. Have the white flag hoisted on Fort Donelson, not on the batteries. S. B. Buckner, BriBuckner. Headquarters, army in the field, Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862. General S. B. Buckner,of judgment in relation to the disaster at Fort Donelson, until official reports could be received. unconditional surrender, this morning, of Fort Donelson, with twelve to fifteen thousand prisoners taken in one battle on this continent. Fort Donelson will hereafter be marked in capitals on th[11 more...]
ached must be cut. The gunboats will accompany the transports for their protection. Any loyal Tennesseeans, who desire it, may be enlisted and supplied with arms. Competent officers should be left to command the garrisons of Forts Henry and Donelson in your absence. I have indicated in general terms the object of this. H. W. Halleck, Major-General. Correspondence between Generals Beauregard and Grant. headquarters, army of the Mississippi, Monday, April 8, 1862. sir: At the close oho never gave full credit to those in the front line, who did fight hard, and who had, at four P. M. checked the enemy, and were preparing the next day to assume the offensive. I remember the fact the better from General Grant's anecdote of his Donelson battle, which he told me then for the first time—that, at a certain period of the battle he saw that either side was ready to give way, if the other showed a bold front, and he determined to do that very thing, to advance on the enemy, when, as
is possible that they may not be able to pass or reduce Port Hudson. They, however, will do every thing in their power to form a junction with you at Vicksburg. If they should not be able to effect this, they will at least occupy a portion of the enemy's forces, and prevent them from reenforcing Vicksburg. I hope, however, that they will do still better, and be able to join you. General Halleck to General Grant.-(telegram.) Washington, D. C., January 25, 2.40 P. M. Forts Henry and Donelson have been transferred to the Department of the Cumberland. General Grant to General Halleck.—(Cipher telegram.) Memphis, Tenn., January 25, 1863. I leave for the fleet at Vicksburg to-morrow. Since leaving there (one week ago) I have not heard one word from them. The constant rains and tremendous rise in the river may operate against us for the time being. General Halleck to General Grant.—(Cipher telegram.) Washington, D. C., January 25, 1863, 10.40 P. M. Direct your atten
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