is day (June 12) was Sunday, but it was by no means a day of rest.
All was now ready for the important movement.
General Meade had been untiring in his efforts during this eventful week.
He was General Grant's senior by seven years, was older nt Secretary of War, who was still with the army, was present at the interview, and he and General Grant tried to console Meade by assurances that the story would not be credited, and that they would give a broad contradiction to it. Mr. Dana at oncoubt as to the successful issue of the campaign.
The Secretary replied the next day (June 10), saying: Please say to General Meade that the lying report alluded to in your telegram was not even for a moment believed by the President or myself.
We east and back bearing the inscription, Libeler of the press, and drummed out of camp.
There had never been a moment when Meade had not been in favor of bold and vigorous advances, and he would have been the last man to counsel a retreat.
to Grant's movements
a change of complexion
Meade in action
condition of the Army
Grant's camps left.
At 10:15 A. M. Grant sent an order to Meade to hurry Warren forward, and start up the rive lines.
While riding in that direction he met Meade hurrying forward from the steamer-landing.
Inral Grant directed me to ride at full speed to Meade and tell him that this made it still more impong been collected at Bermuda Hundred.
I found Meade standing near the edge of a piece of woods, suuch as the others.
At daylight on the 18th Meade's troops advanced to the assault which had beeg more than had been done, and he complimented Meade upon the promptness and vigor with which he haoint in order to be in communication with both Meade and Butler, as Lee's troops were that day movi past Butler's front.
My duties kept me on Meade's front a large part of the day. He showed himo his table and wrote the following message to Meade: I am perfectly satisfied that all has been do[2 more...]
the scenes encountered in visiting both Butler's and Meade's commands were most interesting.
Mr. Lincoln wore ndale's command had been returned to Butler, so that Meade's and Butler's armies were again complete.
Meade's Meade's corps were disposed as follows, from right to left of the line: Burnside, Warren, Birney (Hancock's), Wright. pied the night before, which was more advantageous.
Meade had sent frequent messages to Grant, who was this damand of the Second Corps.
It was quite natural that Meade should ask Grant to come in person to the lines in flf, and two others of the staff.
In discussing with Meade and some of the corps commanders the events of the the had ordered now began to arrive from Washington.
Meade was told that they would be sent to him immediately,now intense, and the men were in much need of rest.
Meade gave Grant and his staff a comfortable lunch, and laetersburg front with his staff, held interviews with Meade, Burnside, and Smith, and visited the lines to make
nspicuous characteristic was perspicuity.
General Meade's chief of staff once said: There is one glad that hasty action had been prevented.
If Meade had resigned at this time, Hancock would have opinion, to a high command. --Editor.
General Meade was a most accomplished officer.
He had brmerly been a surgeon.
One day he appeared at Meade's headquarters in a high state of indignation,d Pills, and I would like to have it stopped.
Meade just at that moment was not in the best possib Grant called upon the aides to go with him to Meade's headquarters.
Soon after our arrival there, Meade mounted his horse and rode out with us to visit Warren.
The meeting between Meade and WarreMeade and Warren was not very cordial, in consequence of a rather acrimonious discussion and correspondence which execution of orders.
Warren at once wrote to Meade, asking him what truth there was in it, and ifn) with a court martial if he did not resign.
Meade replied, denying the statement of the newspape[5 more...]
ated the project to Burnside, who talked the matter over with General Meade.
It was then submitted to General Grant for his action.
This are powers of invention were displayed to the greatest advantage.
Meade and Ord were directed to cease all artillery-firing on the lines inrnside had proposed to put Ferrero's colored troops in advance, but Meade objected to this, as they did not have the experience of the white n Ledlie, who was by far the least fitted for such an undertaking.
Meade had joined Grant at his bivouac near Burnside's headquarters, and ees had been left, mounted, and returned to where we had parted from Meade.
Instructions were reiterated to Burnside to withdraw the troops; but he came to Meade in person and insisted that his men could not be drawn out of the crater with safety; that the enemy's guns now bore exibility of the English language as a medium of personal dispute.
Meade had sent Burnside a note saying: Do you mean to say your officers a
defenses of Petersburg.
If Lee withdraws the bulk of his army from Meade's front, Meade will have a good opportunity of making a movement Meade will have a good opportunity of making a movement to his left with one of his corps.
The 14th and 15th were spent in reconnoitering and maneuvering and in making one successful assault.
On chfulness and direction to four active armies in the field-those of Meade, Butler, Sheridan, and Sherman.
They constituted a dashing four-ine in constant communication with Hancock and Butler as well as with Meade.
When he heard of Warren's success he telegraphed at once to MeadeMeade: I am pleased to see the promptness with which General Warren attacked the enemy when he came out. I hope he will not hesitate in such caseserward, or to getting better.
He said after writing this despatch: Meade and I have had to criticize Warren pretty severely on several occaicing.
In the mean time the glad tidings had been telegraphed to Meade and Butler, with directions to fire the salute, and not long afterw
Sheridan the enemy's cavalry had made a bold dash round the left of Meade's line, and captured over two thousand head of cattle.
One eveningft a portion of his staff at City Point to communicate with him and Meade, and rode out, taking the rest of us with him, to Butler's front.
ey had assaulted that morning.
General Grant had not heard from Meade since early in the morning, and feeling somewhat anxious, he now man returned to City Point so as to be within easy communication with Meade, and to determine what should be done the next day. It was long aftty Point, starting back at 8 A. M.
The activity this day was on Meade's front.
His troops moved out two miles west of the Weldon Railroamade the attack.
Every assault, however, was handsomely repulsed.
Meade threw up a strong line of intrenchments from the Weldon Railroad toour lines about Petersburg, where they had pleasant interviews with Meade, Hancock, Warren, and Parke, and returned in the afternoon to City
tacking his communications.
On October 24 he directed both Meade and Butler to prepare for a movement which was to be made on the 27th.
Meade was to move against the South Side road, while Butler was to go to the north side of the James again, and y of the Potomac, and rode out to the front, accompanied by Meade.
The morning was dark and gloomy, a heavy rain was fallingecessarily slow.
After a conference with Warren, Grant and Meade rode over to Hancock's front, and found that the enemy was ral Grant rode out farther to the front, accompanied by General Meade and the members of their staffs, to give orders on the d at one time as if the explosion of a shell had killed General Meade, but fortunately he escaped untouched.
A little speck uctions were now given to suspend operations, and Grant and Meade rode to Armstrong's Mill. General Grant then took a narrow t 5 P. M.
After giving some further instructions to General Meade, he started back to City Point.
On the way to general
e had been commissioned to present.
A dozen prominent ladies and gentlemen from Washington came at the same time.
On the afternoon of the next day General Grant went with them to the lines of the Army of the Potomac, and gave orders for a review of some of the troops.
That evening some simple arrangements were made for the presentation of the medal, which took place at 8 P. M. in the main cabin of the steamer which had brought the visitors, and which was lying at the City Point wharf. General Meade suggested that he and the corps commanders would like to witness the ceremony, and in response to an invitation they came to City Point for the purpose, accompanied by a large number of their staff-officers.
Mr. Washburne arose at the appointed hour, and after delivering an exceedingly graceful speech eulogistic of the illustrious services for which Congress had awarded this testimonial of the nation's gratitude and appreciation, he took the medal from the handsome morocco case in which
as temporarily in command of the Army of the Potomac during Meade's absence: As there is a possibility of an attack from the my get through.
On the evening of the 24th of March, General Meade came to headquarters to meet Mrs. Meade, who had arriveMrs. Meade, who had arrived by steamer at City Point, and General Grant suggested to him that he had better remain over till the next day, which he di was soon out in front of his quarters, where he was met by Meade and others.
Meade was greatly nettled by the fact that he Meade was greatly nettled by the fact that he was absent from his command at such a time, and was pacing up and down with great strides, and dictating orders to his chief p the line this morning, ending about where it began.
Generals Meade and Ord returned as soon as they could to their respec prisoners who had been captured that morning; and while at Meade's headquarters, about two o'clock, sent a despatch to Stanton, saying: . . I have nothing to add to what General Meade reports, except that I have seen the prisoners myself, and they l