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by Hampton were rekindled by the wind and communicated to the buildings around.
About dark the flames began to spread, and were soon beyond the control of the brigade on duty in the town.
An entire division was now brought in, but it was found impossible to check the conflagration, which by midnight had become quite unmanageable.
It raged till about four A. M. on the 18th, when the wind subsided, and the flames were got under control.
Sherman was abroad till nearly morning, and Howard, Logan, Wood—his highest generals—were laboring all night to save the houses and protect the families of their enemies, thus suddenly deprived of shelter and often of bedding and apparel.
Thus, by a calamity, incident indeed to war, but brought about by the mad folly of one of the most reckless of the rebel commanders, who filled a city about to fall into the hands of an enemy with lint, cotton, and tinder, the capital of South Carolina was destroyed.
There was a retributive justice in the confl
Culpeper, topography of, II., 39.
Cumberland, army of the, besieged by Bragg, i., 4:3.; sufferings during siege, 436; at battle of Chattanooga. 480, 496, 503, 523, 529; position at
Chattanooga, II. 7; Grant's confidence in, III., 222; Logan to take command of, 249.
Cumberland mountains, the, i., 42; loyalty of the inhabitants of, 426.
Cumberland river danger of Forrest moving down, II., 233; closed by rebel batteries 239; closed above and below Nashville, 250.
Curtis, Genering for news at City Point, 503; news of battle of Five Forks, 513; congratulates Grant, 526; visits Petersburg, 535; communicates to Grant views on reconstruction, 580; action of government of, after close of war, 625; assassination of; 627.
Logan, General John A., at Belmont, i., 15; at battle of Raymond, 236; moves to Bolton, 254; Champion's hill, 64, 266; his division first to enter Vicksburg, 387; loyalty to duty of, II., 462, 541; ordered to Nashville to command army of Cumberland, II