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John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 16: Dana returns to Washington (search)
give it in part as follows: I got here very safely, and find everybody in distress because Meade failed to capture Lee. There can be no question that a vigorous attack, seasonably made, must have resulted in the surrender of his entire army. Meade was anxious to make it, but his four principal corps commanders, Sykes, Sedgwick, Slocum, and French, all his seniors in rank, were so determinvered show that there was no possibility of our failure. ... There is no talk of removing General Meade or putting General Grant in command of the Army of the Potomac. I am going home to ConneGeneral Grant has made some recommendations for promotions to major-generalships, and so has General Meade. The difficulty in both cases is that the law limits the number of major-generals and that reinforce Bragg, The earliest notice of this movement received by the government was from General Meade, September 14, 1863. See Official Records, Serial No. 50, p. 35. and had gathered from Alab
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 18: Dana in the War Department (search)
wrote me shortly after his return from the West, the suggestion that Grant should be made a lieutenant-general, and placed in command of all our armies, was under consideration, and seemed to have taken hold of the public mind. The country had been eagerly seeking for some one to lead it to victory. It had hailed McClellan as the Young Napoleon and Halleck as the Old brains of the army. It had had its Fighting Joe, its respectable but incompetent Burnside, and its worthy but unsuccessful Meade. It had lavished its men and money without stint upon the Army of the Potomac, and that army had won a partial success at Antietam, and a still more substantial one at Gettysburg, but as yet it had not gained a complete victory. Lee and his veterans, with their tattered uniforms and bright bayonets, still kept the field and barred the way to Richmond. So long as this continued to be the case, and the Confederacy remained unconquered and defiant, the constant question of the government was
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 19: Grant's overland campaign against Richmond (search)
ave dispersed Lee's army; that both Grant and Meade were intensely disgusted with the failure of Wright and Warren; and finally that Meade says a radical change must be made, no matter how unpleasa details of carrying his orders into effect to Meade and his corps commanders, he held that officer, was concentrated upon Grant rather than upon Meade. To those who took part in the campaign, itaper had given currency to the report that General Meade, after the battle of the Wilderness, had ft Grant had prevented it. It also appears that Meade, incensed by this report, had that day caused would probably take place the next night; that Meade was much troubled at the report that after thege and approval, it gave great comfort to both Meade and the administration at the time, end shouldesponsible for the first day's fighting, while Meade had ordered that of the second and third days,burg. In his despatch of June 20th Dana says, Meade is ordered to devote himself to swinging his a[3 more...]
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 20: Confederate operations in Northern Virginia (search)
federacy to break up those leading west and south from Petersburg. Meade had tried to extend his left to cover the highways and railroads, bver to rest. To make matters worse, Grant was losing confidence in Meade, who had the reputation of being ill-tempered towards his subordinadisposed to place much of the blame for the inconclusive results on Meade, and by July 7th seriously thought of relieving him from command. ems probable. . . . Grant seems to be coming to the conviction that Meade must be relieved. The facts in the matter have come very slowly to I became certain of some of the most important. I have long known Meade to be a man of the worst possible temper, especially towards his suw that General Wright has said to a confidential friend that all of Meade's attacks have been made without brains and without generalship. ll and Early, whose detachment from Lee's army had been reported by Meade, were moving down the Shenandoah Valley. Having disposed of Hunter
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 21: administration of War Department (search)
come down with the general on Sunday? The general at first proposed to put either Sheridan or Meade in charge of the campaign in the Valley; next he sent word to leave Hunter in command if he had 14th he wrote to me: I don't believe General Grant is coming to Washington. I judge that Meade is likely to be relieved and Hancock to be put in his place, but this is a mere private impressiMarch, 1865, with an overwhelming superiority of force. Sheridan's victorious army had rejoined Meade south of the James. Schofield's corps from the West had been directed towards the heart of Northich took him to Fort Monroe, Dana returned to Washington in time to witness the great review of Meade's and Sherman's armies, and of Sheridan's cavalry. This took place on May 23d and 24th, and on ucky, and the Northern States between the mountains and the Mississippi; Sherman, the South; and Meade, the Atlantic coast from the southern boundary of South Carolina to Canada, with a district comm
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Index (search)
McIntosh, General, 344, 373. McKinley, bill, 475; William, 293, 492. McMichael, Morton, 62. Macon, 343, 355, 361. McPherson, General, 222, 223, 227, 244-246, 251. Macready riots, 97. Manassas, 172. Manifest Destiny, 125,133, 402. Marat, President French Assembly, 78, 88. March to the Sea, 300, 355. Marriage of Dana, 58. Marti, Jose, tribute to, 498. Mason, Senator, 153. Maximilian, 398. Maynard, Horace, 288. Maynardier, Major, 351. Mazzini, 497. Meade, General, 249, 251, 310, 320, 323, 325, 326, 328, 330, 332-334, 336, 342, 348, 356, 361, 367. Meigs, General, 303. Memphis, 191, 192, 195, 204-206, 225, 256, 267, 301. Merritt, General, 366. Mexico, 114, 133. Middle Military Division, 343. Miles, General, 359, 364, 365. Military Division of the Mississippi, 268, 276, 297. Milliken's Bend, 201, 212, 216, 235, 243, 267. Mills bill, 475. Mill Spring, battle of, 189, 282. Missionary Ridge, battle of, 250, 257, 287, 289, 290, 292-29