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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, West Point-graduation (search)
s, but not those of a trashy sort. I read all of Bulwer's then published, Cooper's, Marryat's, Scott's, Washington Irving's works, Lever's, and many others that I do not now remember. Mathematics served the fourth year as a private. During my first year's encampment General [Winfield S.] Scott visited West Point, and reviewed the cadets. With his commanding figure, his quite colossal sizted States, visited West Point and reviewed the cadets; he did not impress me with the awe which Scott had inspired. In fact I regarded General Scott and Captain C. F. Smith, the Commandant of CadetGeneral Scott and Captain C. F. Smith, the Commandant of Cadets, as the two men most to be envied in the nation. I retained a high regard for both up to the day of their death. The last two years wore away more rapidly than the first two, but they still seity, imagining that everyone was looking at me, with a feeling akin to mine when I first saw General Scott, a little urchin, bareheaded, barefooted, with dirty and ragged pants held up by a single ga
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Political Intrigue — Buena Vista — movement against Vera Cruz-siege and capture of Vera Cruz (search)
or [William L.] Marcy, his Secretary of War. Scott was a Whig and the administration was democratic. General Scott was also known to have political aspirations, and nothing so popularizes a candi the army of conquest. The plans submitted by Scott for a campaign in Mexico were disapproved by of the country. It was no doubt supposed that Scott's ambition would lead him to slaughter Taylor ortance of conquest beyond the Rio Grande. Scott had estimated the men and material that would n pledged, other war material was withheld and Scott had scarcely started for Mexico before the Pre, and several were personally hostile. General Scott reached Brazos Santiago or Point Isabel, aarted on this march before he was aware of General Scott being in the country. Under these circumsof [between] ten or twelve thousand men, given Scott to invade a country with a population of sevenra Cruz and San Juan de Ulloa were occupied by Scott's army. About five thousand prisoners and fou[11 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, March to Jalapa-battle of Cerro Gordo-Perote-Puebla-Scott and Taylor (search)
ro Gordo-Perote-Puebla-Scott and Taylor General Scott had less than twelve thousand men at Vera e supposed it impossible. On the same day General Scott issued his order for the attack on the 18tn by hand up the opposite slopes. In this way Scott's troops reached their assigned position in relming; some three thousand prisoners fell into Scott's hands, also a large amount of ordnance and oravel, in time to intrench himself well before Scott got there. If he had been successful at Buenaell into our hands, with its armament. General Scott having now only nine or ten thousand men wduring the season of the vomito. This reduced Scott's force in the field to about five thousand mea with an army vastly superior to his own. General Scott arrived upon the scene the latter part of ansported to Mexico. It was August before General Scott received reinforcement sufficient to warrarongly as in their other characteristics. General Scott was precise in language, cultivated a styl[9 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Advance on the City of Mexico-battle of Contreras-assault at Churubusco-negotiations for peace-battle of Molino del Rey-storming of Chapultepec-San Cosme-evacuation of the City-Halls of the Montezumas (search)
nd rendered a direct attack impracticable. Scott's army was rapidly concentrated about Ayotla as and the city. Under these circumstances General Scott directed the holding of the front of the en up for some other purpose than defence. General Scott at once set his engineers reconnoitring thst battle fought in the valley of Mexico. General Scott coming upon the battle-field about this juBoth the strategy and tactics displayed by General Scott in these various engagements of the 20th od any other of the volunteer generals. General Scott abstained from entering the city at this texico, was with the army, and either he or General Scott thought-probably both of them-that a treatns continued. As soon as the news reached General Scott of the second violation of the armistice, September, 1847, on the routes over which General Scott entered. Prior to the Mexican war Gene the city authorities sent a delegation to General Scott to ask — if not demand — an armistice, res[11 more...]<
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Promotion to first Lieutenant-capture of the City of Mexico-the Army-Mexican soldiers- peace negotiations (search)
They sometimes picked off my juniors. General Scott soon followed the troops into the city, ins to the south and south-west. Whether General Scott approved of the Mexican war and the mannermade marches and been in battle under both General Scott and General Taylor. The former divided his. There were two reasons for this. Both General Scott and General Taylor had such armies as are pon he was ordered back to Washington, but General Scott prevailed upon him to remain, as an arrang] Duncan to General Scott became very marked. Scott claimed that they had demanded of the Presidenrders were received from Washington, relieving Scott of the command of the army in the field and asre were many who regarded the treatment of General Scott as harsh and unjust. It is quite possiblen 1848, and was elected. Four years later General Scott received the nomination but was badly beatexican war made three presidential candidates, Scott, Taylor, and Pierce --and any number of aspira[5 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Treaty of peace-mexican Bull fights-regimental quartermaster-trip to Popocatepetl-trip to the caves of Mexico (search)
bet more than a few pennies at a time. In other booths silver formed the bulk of the capital of the bank, with a few doubloons to be changed if there should be a run of luck against the bank. In some there was no coin except gold. Here the rich were said to bet away their entire estates in a single day. All this is stopped now. For myself, I was kept somewhat busy during the winter of 1847-8. My regiment was stationed in Tacubaya. I was regimental quartermaster and commissary. General Scott had been unable to get clothing for the troops from the North. The men were becoming-well, they needed clothing. Material had to be purchased, such as could be obtained, and people employed to make it up into Yankee uniforms. A quartermaster in the city was designated to attend to this special duty; but clothing was so much needed that it was seized as fast as made up. A regiment was glad to get a dozen suits at a time. I had to look after this matter for the 4th infantry. Then our
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Appointed Colonel of the 21st Illinois-Personnel of the regiment-general Logan-March to Missouri-movement against Harris at Florida, Mo. --General Pope in command-stationed at Mexico, Mo. (search)
pany drill, except that it had received some training on the march from Springfield to the Illinois River. There was now a good opportunity of exercising it in the battalion drill. While I was at West Point the tactics used in the army had been Scott's and the musket the flint lock. I had never looked at a copy of tactics from the time of my graduation. My standing in that branch of studies had been near the foot of the class. In the Mexican war in the summer of 1846, I had been appointed y some of the houses and garden fences to make room. I perceived at once, however, that Hardee's tactics — a mere translation from the French with Hardee's name attached — was nothing more than common sense and the progress of the age applied to Scott's system. The commands were abbreviated and the movement expedited. Under the old tactics almost every change in the order of march was preceded by a halt, then came the change, and then the forward march. With the new tactics all these change
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Negotiations at Appomattox-interview with Lee at McLean's House-the terms of surrender-lee's surrender-interview with Lee after the surrender (search)
was sitting upon this embankment with his feet in the road below and his back resting against the tree. The story had no other foundation than that. Like many other stories, it would be very good if it was only true. I had known General Lee in the old army, and had served with him in the Mexican War; but did not suppose, owing to the difference in our age and rank, that he would remember me; while I would more naturally remember him distinctly, because he was the chief of staff of General Scott in the Mexican War. When I had left camp that morning I had not expected so soon tie result that was then taking place, and consequently was in rough garb. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier's blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. When I went into the house I found General Lee. We greeted each other, and after shaking hands took our seats. I had my staff with me, a good port