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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 18 (search)
sending any forces to Hood to be used against Sherman. Mrs. Grant had come East with the childrthe campaign in Georgia, a despatch came from Sherman announcing the capture of Atlanta, which had minutes, and uttering many words in praise of Sherman, the general wrote the following reply: I havg to the fullest extent. Grant then wrote to Sherman: I feel that you have accomplished the most gbe opened with the south coast. On August 13 Sherman communicated with Grant about the practicabilsh cigar, and began a conversation by saying: Sherman and I have exchanged ideas regarding his nextow my views thoroughly, and can answer any of Sherman's questions as to what I think in reference table by daylight. Being anxious to reach General Sherman with all despatch, I started forward that Upon reaching Atlanta, I went at once to General Sherman's headquarters. My mind was naturally wrand nearly choke with merriment. That day Sherman wrote to Grant: I have the honor to acknowled[17 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 19 (search)
der fire at Fort Harrison consternation in Richmond Secretary Stanton visits Grant how Grant received the news from Cedar Creek General Grant listened with manifest interest to the report which I brought of the situation at Atlanta, and of Sherman's feelings and intentions, and asked many questions as to the condition of the great army of the West. I found that during my absence the general-in-chief had paid a visit to Sheridan. He had started from City Point on the 15th of September, h our armies continue to supply him with beef-cattle. The general-in-chief was still planning to keep the enemy actively engaged in his own immediate front, so as to prevent him from detaching troops against distant commanders. He telegraphed Sherman September 26: I will give them another shake here before the end of the week. On the 27th he sent a despatch to Sheridan, saying: . . . No troops have passed through Richmond to reinforce Early. I shall make a break here on the 29th. All thes
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 20 (search)
army in front of Sherman to bar his progress, Sherman, having cut loose from his base, would not beral Grant disliked to see a veteran army like Sherman's marching away from Hood without first crippies, and sail as soon as it became known that Sherman had started across Georgia, and rendezvous atefore Grant had received the above reply from Sherman, he sent another message to that officer, cloat 10:30 P. M., November 7, Grant telegraphed Sherman: I see no present reason for changing your pltire movement; while enthusiastic admirers of Sherman have insisted that Grant was surprised at thed was at first opposed to the march, and that Sherman had to exert all his force of character to inflects lasting credit upon both. Long before Sherman's army started upon his Atlanta campaign it wsea-coast, and a new base established there. Sherman, however, is entitled to the exclusive credithe brilliancy of the execution of the plan on Sherman's part there can never be any dispute. The p[31 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 22 (search)
e efforts to collect troops to stay the progress of Sherman, whose march was creating the greatest consternatiom Southern newspapers, all confirmed the rumor that Sherman was destroying large quantities of supplies essentihern States were sending their reserves to confront Sherman, and the garrison of Fort Fisher, near Wilmington, anything else. On December 3 General Grant wrote Sherman a letter, which he sent down the coast, to be deliv party. General Grant now wrote instructions to Sherman directing him to move his army by sea to Richmond, y, from the Richmond papers of the day before, that Sherman's advance was within twenty-five miles of Savannah,uld seem best that I return to join my command with Sherman. The general sent him a reply, saying: The news frjoined the forces there for the purpose of opposing Sherman. Thomas's entire loss in this campaign was about 1dictions that Hood would turn north, and not follow Sherman when the latter cut loose from Atlanta, and that Th
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 23 (search)
e; but I learned afterward that he took the precaution, nevertheless, to show the despatch to an army officer who had served in the Northwest, to get him to verify my translation. As General Grant knew a good deal of Chinook, he was able to appreciate the joke fully, and he enjoyed the story greatly. Nesmith had served to enliven the camp for several days with his humorous reminiscences of life in the West, and when he left every one parted with him with genuine regret. On December 13 Sherman reached Ossabaw Sound, southeast of Savannah, just a month after he had left Atlanta, and communicated with the fleet which had been sent to meet him. His 65,000 men and half that number of animals had been abundantly fed, and his losses had been only 103 killed, 428 wounded, and 278 missing. The destruction of the enemy's property has been estimated as high as one hundred millions of dollars. On December 15 General Sherman received General Grant's letter of the 3d. In this he said, amon
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 26 (search)
es. On March 20 Stoneman advanced toward east Tennessee, and on the same day Canby moved his forces against Mobile. Sherman had whipped all the troops opposed to him in his march through the Carolinas, and destroyed communications in all directeetings warmly, and Rawlins now informed him that General Grant had made up his mind to send the cavalry through to join Sherman, destroying all communications as they went. Sheridan looked greatly annoyed at this information, and Rawlins agreed wi instructions. Sheridan felt convinced, from what was said verbally, that he was expected to cut loose and move down to Sherman's army. Some of the staff now entered the room, and found Sheridan arguing against the policy of such a move. When he the impression to prevail that a different movement had been contemplated. I really have no intention of sending you to Sherman. This was the general's little secret, which he had kept from all of the staff, and revealed to the cavalry commander S
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 27 (search)
s front carrying instructions to Sheridan Sherman, in his correspondence, had intimated a desirgraphed to several prominent officers to meet Sherman that evening at headquarters. Late in the af the Russia, a captured steamer, arrived with Sherman aboard, and General Grant and two or three of of the chief actors in a great war tragedy. Sherman walked up with the general-in-chief to headqu the illustrious visitor a cordial greeting. Sherman then seated himself with the others by the ca him a visit before dinner. All right, cried Sherman; and the generals started down the steps, anered; I'm ready for all your questions. Then Sherman turned his chair squarely toward her, folded and in the course of his conversation said to Sherman: When you were in the region of those swamps you had my gunboats with you? Yes, answered Sherman; for those swamps were very much like that Wen about Sherman being away from his army; but Sherman assured him that he had left matters safe in [23 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 29 (search)
w, general, I had a sort of sneaking idea all along that you intended to do something like this; but I thought some time ago that you would so maneuver as to have Sherman come up and be near enough to cooperate with you. Yes, replied the general; I thought at one time that Sherman's army might advance far enough to be in supportinSherman's army might advance far enough to be in supporting distance of the Eastern armies when the spring campaign against Lee opened; but I had a feeling that it would be better to let Lee's old antagonists give his army the final blow, and finish up the job. If the Western troops were even to put in an appearance against Lee's army, it might give some of our politicians a chance to st Davis and his cabinet had passed through Burkeville, on their way south, early on the morning of the day before. The next morning the general sent a despatch to Sherman in North Carolina, giving him an account of the situation, containing instructions as to his future movements, and winding up with the famous words: Rebel armies
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 31 (search)
t day (Friday) being a cabinet day, he was invited to meet the cabinet officers at their meeting in the forenoon. He went to the White House, receiving the cordial congratulations of all present, and discussed with them the further measures which should be taken for bringing hostilities to a speedy close. In this interview Mr. Lincoln gave a singular manifestation of the effect produced upon him by dreams. When General Grant expressed some anxiety regarding the delay in getting news from Sherman, the President assured him that favorable news would soon be received, because he had had the night before his usual dream which always preceded favorable tidings, the same dream which he had had the night before Antietam, Murfreesboro, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. He seemed to be aboard a curious-looking vessel moving rapidly toward a dark and indefinite shore. This time, alas! the dream was not to be the precursor of good news. The President and Mrs. Lincoln invited the general and M
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 32 (search)
ched a boat from City Point with a message to Sherman announcing the event, and telling him that heerior authority. A staff-officer sent by General Sherman brought his communication to Washington ahe enemy. Instead of merely recognizing that Sherman had made an honest mistake in exceeding hisation and attitude of the government fully to Sherman, and directed him to give the required notice him bent upon continuing the denunciation of Sherman before the public, I started for North Caroli Army of the Potomac, Sheridan's cavalry, and Sherman's army had all reached the capital by the endnstead of leading his old troops he rode with Sherman at the head of the column, his armless right em, until Stanton reached out his hand. Then Sherman's whole manner changed in an instant; a cloudle of peacemaker, and brought them together. Sherman showed a manly spirit of forgiveness in goingtrain; and then came the amusing spectacle of Sherman's bummers, bearing with them the spoils of wa[11 more...]
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