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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 1: Introductory. (search)
ly after the occurrence of the events ordered, in progress, or accomplished, photographed the truth, and in these the living and the dead find just defense. Here Thomas, McPherson, Stanton, and their companions, speak for themselves, and vindicate themselves from unjust aspersions. Here, in short, truth is made manifest, and exais pen recklessly through reputations which are as dear to the country as his own. He detracts from what right fully belongs to Grant; misrepresents and belittles Thomas; withholds justice from Buell, repeatedly loads failures for which he was responsible, now upon Thomas, now upon Schofield, now upon McPherson, and again upon theThomas, now upon Schofield, now upon McPherson, and again upon the three jointly; is unjust in the extreme to Rosecrans; sneers at Logan and Blair; insults Hooker, and slanders Stanton. The salient points of the long story are readily found by those who either followed, or made themselves familiar by study with his campaigns. The reader turns naturally for explanations of the surprise and at
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 6: (search)
ground, and withdrew quietly and unmolested. Thomas left the field mainly because the passes whichader bear in mind that the line of supplies of Thomas' army had been fully opened before Sherman arrould be wished, were still ample to enable General Thomas to hold the place. Says General Shermanhim to a later hour than was expected. * * * * Thomas was accordingly directed to move forward his te top of the ridge. The form in which General Thomas communicated this order to his own troops,Soon after four o'clock of the second day, General Thomas having received notice from General Rosecrtime when Rosecrans had been relieved, and General Thomas was in command in Chattanooga, General She that the point of attack thus assigned to General Thomas, before the arrival of Sherman, was that ad, as appears from the following letter to General Thomas: headquarters Military division of unsuccessfully to carry his objective point. Thomas' army, that up to this time had not even seen [32 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 7: (search)
864, in the same letter which unfolded his plan for the general Spring campaign as follows: I shall direct Sherman, therefore, to move out to Meridian with his spare forceā€”the cavalry going from Corinth, and destroy the railroads east and south of there so effectually that the enemy will not attempt to rebuild them during the rebellion. He will then return, unless the opportunity of going into Mobile with the force he has, appears perfectly plain. And writing on the same subject to Thomas at Chattanooga, on the 19th of January, he said: He (Sherman) will proceed eastward as far as Meridian at least, and will thoroughly destroy the roads east and south from there, and, if possible, will throw troops as far east as Selma; or, if he finds Mobile so far unguarded as to make his force sufficient for the enterprise, will go there. To cooperate with this movement you want to keep up appearances of preparation of an advance from Chattanooga. It may be necessary even to move a
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 8: (search)
no intention of attacking seriously, he moved Thomas with over sixty thousand, and Schofield with od deem best. Which was the diversion? Were Thomas and Schofield making it in Buzzard Roost and ue attack began on the 7th of May. On that day Thomas carried Tunnel Hill. Of all the operations ont upon the campaign, dated March 10, 1864, General Thomas thus speaks of this proposition: The ale by General Sherman. In the same report General Thomas continues: Shortly after his assignmenspositions to defend Resaca.) Such is General Thomas' brief account of this movement. Below wlpepper, Va. * * * * The first move will be Thomas, Tunnel Hill; Schofield, Catoosa Springs; and May 4, 1864. General Grant, Culpepper, Va. Thomas' center is at Ringgold, left at Catoosa, righte notified General McPherson of the move which Thomas and Schofield were directed to make against Roiged, when it was too late, to try the plan of Thomas, and failing solely because of delay. The i[12 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 9: (search)
on may come out of his intrenchments to attack Thomas, which is exactly what I want, for General Thod, June 27, 11:45 A. M.: Neither McPherson nor Thomas has succeeded in breaking through, but each had. The following parts of dispatches to General Thomas bear upon the same point: Sherman to ThThomas, June 27, 1:30 P. M.: Schofield has one division close up on the Powder Spring road, and the ottwo miles to his right and rear. Sherman to Thomas, June 27, 4:10 P. M.: Schofield has gained theKeep things moving. 9:50 A. M. W. T. S. Thomas to Sherman, 10:45 A. M., June 27: Yours receivntain. A little later Sherman again urged Thomas to make a second assault, as the following dislf decidedly against a second assault: Thomas to Sherman, 1:40 P. M., 27th June: Your disned the following very decided answer: Thomas to Sherman, June 27: Your dispatch of 2:25 ispatches were answered as follows, Sherman to Thomas, June 27th, 9:30 P. M.: According to Merrill's[31 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 10: (search)
rusted by regular officers like Generals Schofield, Thomas, and myself. The first of these paragraphs sugiles from Atlanta, and north and east of the city. Thomas was on the right, with the Army of the Cumberland; her I had sent him) to move to the extreme right of Thomas, so as to reach, if possible, the railroad below Atpet, Peach-tree line, to the front of Schofield and Thomas, abandoned, and our lines were advanced rapidly clold was dressing forward his lines, and I could hear Thomas further to the right engaged, when General McPhersould hear similar sounds all along down the lines of Thomas to our right, and his own to the left, but presentlemonstrations on the part of Generals Schofield and Thomas against the fortified lines to their immediate fronthe rear and on our right by Generals Schofield and Thomas. Major-General Sherman desires and expects a vigion of Atlanta by Schofield, and ordered pursuit by Thomas and McPherson. Vigorous pursuit was made, and the
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 11: (search)
f doubt. The only possible question was as to Thomas' strength and ability to meet Hood in the openGeorgia howl! October 10th he telegraphed Thomas as follows: He (Hood) is now crossing the ich was to leave Hood to be encountered by General Thomas, while I should carry into full effect theo have had such a move in his mind's eye. General Thomas, General Halleck, and General Sherman weressissippi preparing his Meridian campaign, General Thomas, who was then in command at Chattanooga, wired to guard the bridges along the road Geo. H. Thomas, Major-General U. S. Volunteers. Gesignified only to the former, viz.: Schofield, Thomas, and McPherson, our general plans, which I infst move of the enemy had developed itself, and Thomas had been sent back to shoulder the responsibile allow Sherman to go. The overestimates of Thomas' forces, and underestimates (if Hood's were asnly from thirty-seven to forty thousand, while Thomas had from sixty-three to seventy thousand. In [32 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 12: (search)
war. * * * * And again: Of course General Thomas saw that on him would likely fall the realering over twenty-eight thousand men, from General Thomas' own army; had taken his efficient pontoong together twenty-two thousand men, were given Thomas. For the rest he had orders for two divisions Hood's army, fully concentrated, confronted Thomas. The concentration of Thomas' army had only bThomas' army had only begun. A. J. Smith's veterans were still in Missouri. To meet Hood he had less than half Hood's forlatter place. Then came storms and sleet when Thomas would not risk his army, the threats to removes guns could not even reach it. On the 14th Thomas had successfully attacked Hood, and on the 15tar. On the 24th Mr. Stanton had notified Thomas of his nomination as a Major-General in the rete instructions to seize and hold the cotton. Thomas has been nominated for Major-General. Of man would not introduce matter reflecting upon Thomas, whose victory at Nashville furnished the only[3 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 13: (search)
, and I have no doubt that my calculation that Thomas had in hand (including A. J. Smith's troops) a, fighting till he should be reenforced by General Thomas in person. * * * * Meantime General Thot of Nashville, the great battles in which General Thomas so nobly fulfilled his promise to ruin Hoofensively. To write at this late day of General Thomas being in Nashville seemingly passive, and he cars for Chattanooga. I then knew that General Thomas would have an ample force with which to end have been checked about Columbia. Still, if Thomas followed up his success of the 15th, and gave the most glaring instance of injustice to General Thomas found in the book appears on page 209. It tion of Waynesburg. I know full well that General Thomas is slow in mind and in action, but he is jatch, before starting south, was one notifying Thomas of his belief that all information seemed to ie several other paragraphs reflecting upon General Thomas, omitted from the letters furnished the Co[48 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 14: (search)
t, Va., December 2, 1864, 11 A. M. Major-General Geo. H. Thomas, Nashville. If Hood is permittednt-General. This was acted upon, but General Thomas protested against the wisdom of the order:perseding Rosecrans by Dodge has been issued. Thomas seems unwilling to attack because it is hazarton, December 9, 1864, 10:30 A. M. Major-General Geo. H. Thomas, Nashville, Tenn. Lieutenant-Gender an attack impossible till it breaks. Geo. H. Thomas, Major-General U. S. Vols. commanding. z.: Please telegraph orders relieving him (General Thomas) at once, and placing (General) Schofield ficer who has done so much good service as General Thomas has, however, and will, therefore, suspendngton, December 14, 1864, 12:30 M. Major-General Geo. H. Thomas, Nashville. It has been seriousln, December 15, 1864, 12 Midnight. Major-General Geo. H. Thomas, Nashville. Your dispatch of thiute to the destruction of the rebellion. Geo. H. Thomas, Major-General. Washington, December [64 more...]
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