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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—eastern Tennessee. (search)
the price of her victories the supremacy which the election in 1860 had lost to the Slave party. Nobody was better fitted than Vice-President Stephens for the accomplishment of such a task, for he had been among the last to declare secession from the Union, and his opponents themselves recognized the elevation of his character, of which he gave a new proof by returning, after the war, to the Federal Senate without grudge and without illusion. The request of Mr. Stephens, transmitted to Washington by the admiral, got there a few hours after the news of the final repulse of General Lee. Hence the answer was an easy matter: it was peremptory. The accredited agents were sufficient to settle the question of exchanges, and the commissioner extraordinary was not recognized nor allowed to proceed to Washington. Mr. Stephens understood the situation: he did not insist, but returned to Richmond. We left, about the 20th of June, Rosecrans and Bragg on the banks of Duck River. After six
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the Third winter. (search)
very heart of the rebel States by taking Mobile and making this port the base of operations of a new campaign. Banks shares his views, and Grant has therefore hastened to send him, in the early part of August, according to orders received from Washington, the most movable portion of the Thirteenth corps—say about twelve thousand men—under the command of General Ord. He hopes to overcome the opposition of General Halleck, who, as we have seen, thinks of nothing but parcelling out his army to ha a long journey with too great a load, unfit for sailing in convoy, drew, moreover, almost too much water to pass the Sabine bar easily. Franklin's observations on the subject were not listened to, for in order to obey the orders received from Washington it was requisite at any risk to land somewhere on the coast of Texas; and on the 5th of September the fleet left New Orleans. On the morning of the next day it reached Atchafalaya Bay, and immediately resumed its sailing, escorted by four gunb
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
tations intended doubtless to shield his responsibility, and which allowed his lieutenant not to follow them. It may be asked why Banks yielded on this occasion without making any remarks, and hastened to execute the instructions received from Washington. The motive must be sought in political and commercial considerations totally foreign to strategy, but regarding which we cannot forbear saying here a few words, notwithstanding the clouds with which they have been surrounded. The inquiry madele immediately after the battle of Pleasant Hill. We left the Union general in the middle of March, at the moment when Fort de Russy had fallen into the power of Smith and Porter, preparing to obey the formal orders which he had received from Washington. These orders oblige him, contrary to his opinion, to set out upon the march, with all the forces at his command, to sustain Banks in his campaign on Red River. Instead of seeking to join him near Alexandria, as the latter requested of him, b