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Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 17
g, had frustrated that capture for the second time, as the false reports from Washington had done the first time. I caused the most accurate reports possible of the relieved from his command. He desired a court of inquiry, and was ordered to Washington for that purpose. For reasons unexplained to me that court never assembled, een moving large bodies of troops from Boston to Annapolis, from Annapolis to Washington, from the capital to the Relay House, and from the Relay House to Baltimore; ant took no notice of which there is any official evidence, and Smith went to Washington without the leave of his commanding general, and there saw Senator Foote, of to me or explanation sought. The order No. 225 was sent to me directly from Washington, and paragraph I. reads as follows:-- The troops of the Department of Norttanton while we were fighting in front of Cold Harbor. Getting it, I went to Washington, where a commission in the Fourth United States Artillery awaited me. The
Cobb's Hill (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
ted a lookout in the neighborhood of two hundred feet high. It was composed of trestle work, and the illustration will save a further description. It stood on Cobb's Hill just at the left and near the Appomatox end of my fortifications. It was a great annoyance to the enemy and of exceeding usefulness to me. There was a nine-foot square space on the top to Lookout and signal Station, Cobb's Hill, Butler's front, Army of the James. which two observers could be drawn up in a large basket by means of a windlass. Once at the top of this lookout, a large portion of the peninsula, with all the works of the enemy, and my own lines of pickets and fortificationually making maps before he made his assaults. I sent him word again to go in with Hancock and he had the mendacity to send me the following despatch:-- Cobb's Hill signal Station, 12 P. M. June 15, 1864. General Butler: It is impossible for me to go further to-night, but unless I misapprehend the topography, I hold the
Davenport (Iowa, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
Smith,--claimed to be the ranking officer, did say to him (Davenport) for the evident purpose of creating the impression that such claim was made by Hancock, that Hancock's arrival had left him (Smith) the junior officer; that he had, however, before leaving to return to me, ascertained the fact that Hancock had made no claim to command the movement by reason of his greater rank, but on the contrary had waived his rank and was relieving Smith's troops in the line with his own men. Upon Davenport's report that Smith refused to obey my orders to renew the attack and purposed losing the advantages the presence of the Second Corps gave him as well as the prestige of success he had gained, with a night as bright and clear as a nearly full moon could make it, I sent Davenport back for the third time with directions to find Smith personally and say to him that I peremptorily ordered an immediate night attack to be made with all his force. This order Davenport was unable to deliver until
Petersburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
a day or two longer — long enough to hold a road open for Kautz to find his way back to join us if he had met with disaster. The fortifications of our intrenched camp at Bermuda were by no means in such condition as they needed to be, to be thoroughly impregnable to the attack of the whole of Lee's army, he having the interior or shorter line. He might attempt to carry them and thus force Grant, whom he had learned was to make this his new base, into the position in which McClellan was at Harrison's landing. Accordingly it was imperative that I should no longer peril the safety of Grant's new base, and also probably the safety of his army. In other words, I must carry out the other branch of the plan agreed upon between Grant and myself, namely, to make him an impregnable base to which to bring his army in case of repulse, and whence he might commence his operations against Richmond,--where, in my belief, they ought to have been begun at first. Impressed with these considerati
Wilson's Landing (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
hat all the troops with arms, second class militia, reserves, penitents, and convalescents, did not exceed two thousand effective men. The only anxiety General Grant had about such an attack was lest Lee, knowing Grant had crossed the James, and having the shorter line and the railroad from Richmond to Petersburg, should move directly to Petersburg, and that when Smith got there, he should find the city occupied by Lee's veterans. Grant was at that time at Charles City Court-House near Wilson's Landing, Fort Pocahontas. He asked me to send two regiments down to that landing to aid Sheridan in defending himself from the attacks of the Confederate troops who were close upon his rear. I sent the troops but advised that Sheridan should fall back the space of three or four miles from where he was to Fort Pocahontas where he would receive from Wilde's troops all the aid and protection he wanted. That suggestion I believe was adopted, but of the details of that I have no recollection, as
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
s Monroe in 1861 as a lieutenant of topographical engineers who had never commanded a man in his life except his servant, when I was a major-general in command of several thousand men, and had been moving large bodies of troops from Boston to Annapolis, from Annapolis to Washington, from the capital to the Relay House, and from the Relay House to Baltimore; and had afterwards moved troops from Boston to Ship Island, and from Ship Island to New Orleans, and from New Orleans all over the State of Louisiana, it seemed to me that I had had much more experience in moving troops than he had; and as a topographical engineer is not the highest grade at West Point, I did not think I should be insulted by a second grade West Pointer. I overlooked all that, however, and wrote him an unofficial letter explaining my first letter, asking him if he did not regret sending me such a reply. See Appendix No. 74. By the regulations of the service all communications in regard to military matters are
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 17
y did not report. General Gillmore's active service with the armies of the United States during the remainder of the war was desultory in character, and migratory ius examine this story a little: The commanding general of the armies of the United States, and a particular personal friend of his subordinate general, calls upon ths hated me with more virulence and vigor than they did any other man in the United States, and where I should have expected to be murdered had I appeared. That conviously? The lieutenant-general could have commanded all the whiskey of the United States to his army if he thought proper, and it would have come. If he had let it which to defame and vilify Grant, the commander of the whole armies of the United States, on whose skill and conduct the safety of the country depended,--showing ththough of human form, only an animal of the lowest class, found nowhere but in America, the generic name of the whole species being Mephitis Americana ? Decorative
City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
had marched by his left flank to join me at City Point, intending to continue his operations on thegreed with General Grant to do: I had seized City Point and Bermuda by a surprise; I had brought my ly devised by myself, of seizing and holding City Point and Bermuda Hundred. To determine advisedn how Headquarters of General Grant at City Point, Va. From a photograph. many men could be senrant would now certainly come and join me at City Point, and that he was waiting for events to deteretersburg. General Kautz reported that near City Point he separated himself from the infantry and mfrom which I could communicate by signals to City Point. On the 9th of June General Beauregard se of large sized sutler schooners anchored at City Point, I turned my boat to Bermuda Hundred, calledd I received an order to send the rations to City Point and thence up the Appomattox to be landed wily Grant sent me the following order:-- City Point, July 2, 1864, 11 o'clock A. M. Major-Genera[3 more...]
Bermuda Hundred (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
fight at Drury's Bluff Butler retires to Bermuda hundred according to agreement Beauregard's attalf, of seizing and holding City Point and Bermuda Hundred. To determine advisedly any course of ugh the weak line I had left, and seizing Bermuda Hundred with all its advantages, thus accomplishiore than twenty thousand effective men at Bermuda Hundred. In the meantime General Meigs and Genk from me, my troops being withdrawn from Bermuda Hundred. Those sixteen thousand men under Smit General Smith, and put them in column at Bermuda Hundred to attack Petersburg on the 29th of May. chored at City Point, I turned my boat to Bermuda Hundred, called for the provost guard, and seizedsports and landed at my pontoon bridge at Bermuda Hundred, arriving there on the night of the 14th o have supplied them with ammunition from Bermuda Hundred, or with anything else they needed. And ion to Petersburg. Johnson evacuated the Bermuda Hundred line at dawn on the 16th, and arrived in [6 more...]
York (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
thickly as possible with hay and straw. This was imperative, because when the wheels of a heavy gun rested upon one portion of a pontoon it would be sunk down, and that would turn up the edge of the plank nearest the gun, and it would be almost inevitably splintered and ground off. I received the personal thanks of General Grant for my endeavors in putting the bridge in order with so little delay. At my suggestion the remainder of the Eighteenth Corps was marched to the White House on York River and placed upon transports and landed at my pontoon bridge at Bermuda Hundred, arriving there on the night of the 14th of June. General Grant had instructed me that if I thought Petersburg could be captured I should send that corps under command of Smith the next morning with such force as I thought I could spare to make the attack. I knew that but a few more troops had been added to Wise's command in Petersburg, and that all the troops with arms, second class militia, reserves, penite
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