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Fort Fisher (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
Chapter 40: talk of peace. Second federal move against Fort Fisher and Wilmington Harbor Confederate disaffection act of Congress appointing a supreme commander of the armies Montgomery Blair's peace conference Longstreet has a meeting with General Ord, commander of the Army of the James military convention proposed correspondence between General Grant and General Lee Longstreet's suggestions for measures in the critical juncture near the close of the war. The second expedition against Wilmington was sent in January, 1865, General Terry commanding the land and Rear-Admiral Porter the naval forces. After very desperate work the fort and outworks were carried, the commander, General Whiting, being mortally and Colonel Lamb severely wounded. All points of the harbor were captured by the enemy, the Confederates losing, besides most of the armaments of the forts, about two thousand five hundred officers and men in killed, wounded, and prisoners. General Terry's los
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 40
General Lee giving a report of the second interview, and on the 2d he wrote General Grant as follows: Headquarters Confederate States Armies, March 2, 1865. Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, Commanding United States Armies: General,-- Lieutenant-Geis purpose by diplomacy, and ordered the letter to be delivered. He sent another letter, however: Headquarters Confederate States Armies, March 2, 1865. Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, Commanding United States Armies: General, Lieutenant-GenGeneral. To which General Grant replied,-- City Point, Virginia, March 4, 1865. General R. E. Lee, Commanding Confederate States Armies: Your two letters of the 2d instant were received yesterday. In regard to any apprehended misunderstandiccede to your proposition for a conference on the subject proposed. Such authority is vested in the President of the United States alone. General Ord could only have meant that I would not refuse an interview on any subject on which I have a right
Hampton Roads (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
ee to the exercise of the functions of that office. The intention was to invest him with dictatorial power. During the early days of February, Hon. Montgomery Blair visited Richmond upon a mission of peace, and brought about a meeting at Hampton Roads between President Lincoln and Secretary Seward and the Confederate Vice-President, Alexander H. Stephens, and the Hon. R. M. T. Hunter and Judge J. A. Campbell. President Lincoln was firm for the surrender of the Confederate armies and the abg, I mentioned a simple manner of correcting the matter, which he accepted without objection or amendment. Then he spoke of affairs military and political. Referring to the recent conference of the Confederates with President Lincoln at Hampton Roads, he said that the politicians of the North were afraid to touch the question of peace, and there was no way to open the subject except through officers of the armies. On his side they thought the war had gone on long enough; that we should c
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
e provisions were in the country and would be delivered for gold, but did not think the gold could be found. He made his orders assuming command of the armies, but instead of exercising authority on a scale commensurate with the views of Congress and the call of the crisis, applied to the Richmond authorities for instructions under the new assignment, and wrote that he would call General Johnston to command if he could be ordered to report to him for duty. General Johnston was so ordered, and was assigned to command of such fragments of troops as he could collect in the Carolinas. General Wade Hampton was relieved of duty as chief of cavalry in the Army of Northern Virginia and ordered to join General Johnston. After collecting such detachments as he could gather, General Johnston threw them from time to time along the flank of Sherman's march from Georgia for Virginia, and had some spirited affairs with that army, which was gathering strength along the seaboard as it marched.
Lynchburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
suggested to General Lee that he should name some irrelevant matter as the occasion of his call for the interview with General Grant, and that once they were together they could talk as they pleased. A telegram was sent my wife that night at Lynchburg calling her to Richmond, and the next day a note was sent General Ord asking him to appoint a time for another meeting. The meeting was appointed for the day following, and the result of the conference was reported. General Ord asked to havate conveyance. Furthermore, I cited the fact that there were eight or ten thousand non-combatants in Richmond who could be put in my trenches as conscripts, and officered by the officers of the department on duty there, and twelve hundred in Lynchburg that could be made similarly available; and argued that using them in the trenches would enable him to draw the First Corps out for a movable force to meet flanking efforts of his adversary, and keep open his lines of communication. In that wa
City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
proposed in my letter of this date, I hope it may be found practicable to arrive at a more satisfactory understanding on this subject. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. E. Lee, General. To which General Grant replied,-- City Point, Virginia, March 4, 1865. General R. E. Lee, Commanding Confederate States Armies: Your two letters of the 2d instant were received yesterday. In regard to any apprehended misunderstanding in reference to the exchange of political prisoners, I tt and Ord I had received a despatch from General Hoffman, Commissary-General of Prisoners, stating in substance that all prisoners of war who were or had been in close confinement or irons, whether under charges or sentence, had been ordered to City Point for exchange. I forwarded the substance of that despatch to Lieutenant-Colonel Mulford, Assistant Agent of Exchange, and presumed it probable that he had communicated it to Colonel Robert Ould. A day or two after, an officer who was neither a
Wilmington, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 40
etween General Grant and General Lee Longstreet's suggestions for measures in the critical juncture near the close of the war. The second expedition against Wilmington was sent in January, 1865, General Terry commanding the land and Rear-Admiral Porter the naval forces. After very desperate work the fort and outworks were carby most approved engineering. One of our weeklies announced, upon learning that General Bragg was ordered there, We understand that General Bragg is ordered to Wilmington. Good-by, Wilmington! As the first months of 1865 passed, the Confederate Congress realized the extreme tension of affairs, and provided, among other expedieWilmington! As the first months of 1865 passed, the Confederate Congress realized the extreme tension of affairs, and provided, among other expedients, for the enrollment of negroes as Confederate soldiers. Other measures for giving confidence and strength to the cause were adopted. On the 21st of January the Confederate President was informed of disaffection in the Virginia Legislature, and, what was more significant, in the Confederate Congress, where a resolution ex
Fitz-John Porter (search for this): chapter 40
r Confederate disaffection act of Congress appointing a supreme commander of the armies Montgomery Blair's peace conference Longstreet has a meeting with General Ord, commander of the Army of the James military convention proposed correspondence between General Grant and General Lee Longstreet's suggestions for measures in the critical juncture near the close of the war. The second expedition against Wilmington was sent in January, 1865, General Terry commanding the land and Rear-Admiral Porter the naval forces. After very desperate work the fort and outworks were carried, the commander, General Whiting, being mortally and Colonel Lamb severely wounded. All points of the harbor were captured by the enemy, the Confederates losing, besides most of the armaments of the forts, about two thousand five hundred officers and men in killed, wounded, and prisoners. General Terry's loss was about five hundred. A remarkable success,--the storming of a position fortified during month
e conference Longstreet has a meeting with General Ord, commander of the Army of the James militanted commissary-general of subsistence. General Ord, commanding the Army of the James, sent me le to both sides could be found. I told General Ord that I was not authorized to speak on the sn as another meeting could be arranged with General Ord. Secretary Breckenridge expressed especial the result of the conference was reported. General Ord asked to have General Lee write General Graiculties by means of a military convention, General Ord states that if I desired to have an intervile to you, we meet at the place selected by Generals Ord and Longstreet for their interview, at elevde those charged with capital offences. General Ord further stated that you did not intend to ecal prisoners, I think there need be none. General Ord and General Longstreet have probably misund the President of the United States alone. General Ord could only have meant that I would not refu[5 more...]
George Lincoln (search for this): chapter 40
on. Montgomery Blair visited Richmond upon a mission of peace, and brought about a meeting at Hampton Roads between President Lincoln and Secretary Seward and the Confederate Vice-President, Alexander H. Stephens, and the Hon. R. M. T. Hunter and Judge J. A. Campbell. President Lincoln was firm for the surrender of the Confederate armies and the abolition of slavery, which the Confederate President did not care to consider. About the 15th of February, Major-General J. C. Breckenridge was a. Then he spoke of affairs military and political. Referring to the recent conference of the Confederates with President Lincoln at Hampton Roads, he said that the politicians of the North were afraid to touch the question of peace, and there witary service could get together and seek out ways to stop the flow of blood. He indicated a desire on the part of President Lincoln to devise some means or excuse for paying for the liberated slaves, which might be arranged as a condition and part
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