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Salem (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
prisoners at Point Lookout, two regiments of infantry were enlisted, and many recruits went into the navy upon the solemn engagement that they should not be sent South to fight their rebel brethren. These regiments were afterwards sent to General Pope to fight the Indians, and did good service during the war. Thus, more than two thousand men and two millions of dollars in expense of recruitment and bounties were saved to the loyal States. This work was done by a young officer from Salem, Massachusetts, Col. Charles A. R. Dimon. He went out with me with the three months men, and I later promoted him to be a colonel. He took command of this enlisted regiment, which did most efficient service. On the 29th of March I received this letter from Mr. Ould, agent of exchange:-- C. S. Steamer Roanoke, mouth of James River, March 29, 1864. Maj.-Gen. B. F. Butler, U. S. Agent of exchange: Sir:--I am here for the purpose of having a conference with you in relation to matters conne
Raleigh (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ticular carefulness an account of my participation in the business of exchange of prisoners, the orders under which I acted, and the negotiations attempted, which comprise a faithful narration, in order that all that was done may become a matter of history. The great importance of the questions; the fearful responsibility for the many thousands of lives which, by the refusal to exchange, were lost by the most cruel forms of deaths from cold, starvation, and pestilence in the prison pens of Raleigh, Salisbury, and Andersonville,--many more in number than all the British soldiers ever had by Great Britain on any field of battle with Napoleon; The effective strength of the British troops (English, Irish, and Scotch) in the allied army at the commencement of the battle of Waterloo was 25,389. (See Maxwell's Life of Wellington, Vol. III., Appendix, page 564. Appendix No. 13, page 593.) the anxiety of fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, wives, to know the exigency which caused this t
Harrisburg, Pa. (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
nment affairs is in the ballot-box, and who, as long as they can get matters regulated, and can have fair-play through the ballot-box, will go home and be much more ready to use the ballot-box than the cartridge-box. Therefore, I say to you, sir, let no man have fear on this subject. There are no better friends of free institutions, there are no more intelligent, no truer men and citizens at home and in peace, than in the army of the United States. I received similar receptions in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Portland, and other cities. At a meeting in my honor at Boston in Faneuil Hall, after a lengthened speech, I remained several hours to receive a hand-shake of three thousand persons. I was invited to a public dinner in the evening and had the most distinguished consideration. A poem was read by New England's most distinguished author, her most charming and cherished poet, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, two lines of which I take leave here to quote from memory: The mower
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 15
addresses in New York and Boston called to Washington services desired on the Mississippi offer cket the world ever saw. I was called to Washington, and the question of my taking command on th the second day afterwards,was sent for from Washington, and on the sixth day after that was put in ads, and within fifteen days after he got to Washington, and before he had done a thing or struck a ot want to take any part in the campaigns at Washington, although it Brevet Maj.-Gen. J. B. Kinsma have any further explanations, I will go to Washington. I did go to Washington, but at the time Washington, but at the time I was there, Lee had made a movement into Maryland and Pennsylvania, and fear had seemed to have taklement by orders from some of the bureaus at Washington, the remainder of his transports being fille taken away from him by some sub-official in Washington, to transport troops. See Appendix No. 9.uld not yield to subordinate interference at Washington,--a thing of which I had seen something too [5 more...]
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
om any subsequent phase of my history. Fortress Monroe was the point from which all exchange of utlawry, I invited Mr. Ould to meet me at Fortress Monroe. Here a full and free conference and disepartment of Virginia and North Carolina, Fortress Monroe, April 9, 1864. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secret he should meet me with his assistant at Fortress Monroe. Owing to the darkness and storminess ofo on. Lieutenant-General Grant visited Fortress Monroe on the 1st of April. This was the first pened the exchange (which, when I came to Fortress Monroe, had been closed for some months), by excwounded, I telegraphed as follows:-- Fortress Monroe, April 20, 1864. Lieutenant-General Grte officers there are at the hospitals at Fortress Monroe. Also send for Captain Woolford. I dohange on the part of the United States at Fortress Monroe in March last, you will do me the favor tut, although many hundreds passed through Fortress Monroe on their way to be exchanged, and I somet[2 more...]
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
antially during the rest of the year, settling up my somewhat extended law business, which I had deserted at a moment's notice, and to which, up to that time, I had paid little attention. Soon after my return home Hon. Stephen M. Allen, of Massachusetts, called upon me bringing a letter of introduction from the Chairman of the House Committee on the Conduct of the War, the Hon. John Covode, a truer, better, and more patriotic man than whom never lived. We had been, and were to the day of hiing back, Covode, he answered: Well, I can live without it. I said to Mr. Allen: You need no letter of introduction to me. You and I have been long known to each other, and I recognize you as President of the First Republican Convention of Massachusetts. He then said that he was sent to me by the Committee on the Conduct of the War to consult with me about the manner in which the war was being conducted, and to see whether I would take part in it and in any event what I would advise to be
Petersburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
he special exchange of the sick and wounded, and for the exchange of naval prisoners, black and white, and also arranged that our government should be allowed to provide for the soldiers in the hands of the rebels. The condition of these exchanges and negotiations fully appear in the letter of instructions under which Lieutenant-Colonel Mulford sailed for Savannah carrying down the rebel sick, to bring back ours. This exchange covered about twelve hundred of our men. In an attack on Fort Gilmer on the 29th of September about one hundred and fifty of the negro soldiers of the Army of the James were captured. On the 12th of October I was credibly informed that these prisoners of war had been set at work in the trenches under fire in front of our lines. I immediately notified Mr. Ould, the agent of exchange, of this outrage, and failing to get an answer at 12 o'clock on the 13th of October, I determined to try the virtue of retaliation for wrong, and issued an order which will ex
Mississippi (United States) (search for this): chapter 15
n Butler — the beastliest, bloodiest poltroon and pickpocket the world ever saw. I was called to Washington, and the question of my taking command on the Mississippi River was again discussed between the President and myself. He wished me to go on to the Mississippi River from St. Louis down, and examine what, if anything, wasMississippi River from St. Louis down, and examine what, if anything, was being done in the way of civil administration of the several departments, and also to advise him upon the military situation. I heard him fully and told him that I would take that proposition into consideration. When I saw him afterwards he produced an authorization and pass, written wholly by his own hand, dated February 11, 18eavier than at City Point; but leaving that question, as well as the one whether the prisoners held by us in the West might not be delivered somewhere on the Mississippi River, and thus save an expensive land transportation, to be adjusted by future conference, after other questions of more moment were settled. We then proceeded
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
re Wednesday morning unless you direct otherwise . . . . To this I telegraphed the following reply:-- headquarters Department of Virginia and North Carolina, in the field, Aug. 16, 1864, 8.15 A. M. Major Mulford, agent of exchange, Fortress Monroe: Bring up with you General Walker to be exchanged for General Bartlett, and what wounded Confederate officers there are at the hospitals at Fortress Monroe. Also send for Captain Woolford. I do not want any women for this trip from Norfolk or Fortress Monroe. Many Southern women, claiming to be from the North, made application to be sent South by flag of truce boat, and in some instances passage had been given; but it was ascertained that most of them were female Southern spies, who conveyed information to the enemy. Come up as soon as you can with the New York. Benj. F. Butler, Major-General Commanding. The flag of truce steamer New York appeared off City Point on the 18th of August, causing the following telegraphic
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
hey men different from us? Not at all. I see some here that have come back from the army, and are now waiting to recover their health to go back and join that army. Are they to be any different on the banks of the Potomac or in the marshes of Louisiana, or struggling with the turbid current of the Mississippi than they are here? Are our sons, our brothers, to have different thoughts and different feelings from us, simply because to-day they wear blue and to-morrow they wear black, or to-day k, let us begin again and go on, not doubting that we shall have His blessing to the end. Be, therefore, I say, of good cheer; there can be no doubt of this issue. We feel the struggle; we feel what it costs to carry on this war. Go with me to Louisiana--go with me to the South, and you shall see what it costs our enemies to carry on this war; and you will have no doubt, as I have none, of the result of this unhappy strife, out of which the nation shall come stronger, better, purified, North a
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