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him to take Richmond; and being asked if he could do so, replied that he could if he had the troops, which he was assured would be furnished him. On the following day, Grant went to the Army of the Potomac, where Meade received him with frank courtesy, generously suggesting that he was ready to yield the command to any one Grant might prefer. Grant, however, informed Meade that he desired to make no change; and, returning to Washington, started west without a moment's loss of time. On March 12, 1864, formal orders of the War Department placed Grant in command of all the armies of the United States, while Halleck, relieved from that duty, was retained at Washington as the President's chief of staff. Grant frankly confesses in his Memoirs that when he started east it was with a firm determination to accept no appointment requiring him to leave the West; but when I got to Washington and saw the situation, it was plain that here was the point for the commanding general to be. His
the service in 1853. This leave I spent in the North with much benefit to my physical condition, for I was much run down by fatiguing service, and not a little troubled by intense pain which I at times still suffered from my experience in the unfortunate hand-car incident on the Cumberland Mountains the previous July. I returned from leave the latter part of March, rejoining my division with the expectation that the campaign in that section would begin as early as April. On the 12th of March, 1864, General Grant was assigned to the command of the armies of the United States, as general-in-chief. He was already in Washington, whither he had gone to receive his commission as lieutenant-general. Shortly after his arrival there, he commenced to rearrange the different commands in the army to suit the plans which he intended to enter upon in the spring, and out of this grew a change in my career. Many jealousies and much ill-feeling, the outgrowth of former campaigns, existed amon
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
the chief command of all the armies of the Republic. It was also announced that General Halleck had been relieved of that command at his own request, and assigned to duty as chief of staff of the army. General Order of the War Department, March 12, 1864. In that order occurred the following sentence: In relieving Major-General Halleck from duty as General-in-Chief, the President desires to express his approbation and thanks for the zealous manner in which the arduous and responsible duties was appointed to succeed Grant in the command of the Military Division of the Mississippi, with Major-General J. B. James B. McPherson. McPherson as commander of the Department and Army of the Tennessee, Order of the War Department, March 12, 1864. was left to his own resources under general but explicit orders from the Lieutenant-General. Meanwhile the Conspirators at Richmond made the most frantic efforts to avert their impending doom. They heard with dismay of the gigantic prep
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
t be favorable until a later period. I think it most probable that before this reaches you he will have returned to Vicksburg, or some other point on the river. Whether he has received any recent orders in regard to his movements from General Grant, I am not advised, nor have I any information of General Steele's plans, further than that all his movements will be directed to facilitate your operations toward Shreveport. Halleck was always, it would seem, harping on my daughter. On March 12, 1864, General Steele sent a dispatch to Halleck, of which the following is an extract: General Banks with 17,000 men and 10,000 of Sherman's will be in Alexandria on the 17th. * * * * Sherman insists upon my moving upon Shreveport to co-operate with the above-mentioned forces with all my effective forces. I have prepared to do so against my own judgment and that of the best-informed people here. The roads are mostly, if not all, impracticable; the country is destitute of provisions on t
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
1 00 Key West   Sagamore, Oleander, Beauregard, Para. Sloop Clara Louisa 153 00 90 11 62 89 do Feb. 29, 1864 Sagamore. Sloop Clotilda 7,533 86 762 39 6,771 47 do Feb. 29, 1864 McLellan. Schooner Crazy Jane 1,357 05 253 00 1,104 05 do Mar. 12, 1864 Tahoma. Schooner Clara 3,898 26 744 71 3,153 55 do Mar. 17, 1864 Kanawha. Sloop C. Ronterean Waiting for prize lists of the New Ironsides, Huron, Unadilla, Dandelion, and South Carolina. 1,842 55 490 84 1,351 71 Philadelphia   Powhat15 87 Philadelphia Feb. 18, 1864 Kanawha, Colorado, Lackawanna, Pocahontas, Aroostook, Kenuebec, R. R. Cuyler. Schooner Herald 2,584 72 377 30 2,207 42 Washington Feb. 18, 1864 Calypso. Schooner Harriet 5,556 85 645 45 4,911 40 Key West Mar. 12, 1864 Tahoma. Schooner Handy 979 06 326 38 652 68 do <*>ar. 17, 1864 Octorara. Schooner Hortense 2,647 73 350 86 2,296 87 do Mar. 17, 1864 Somerset. Steamer Herald 87,866 77 3,483 97 84,382 80 Boston April 12, 1864 Tioga. Bark H. M. Mc
ppi, and Longstreet's Corps, in East Tennessee. Johnston, at the appointed time, was expected to move forward and form a junction with these troops. The President and General Bragg, and also General Lee, were desirous that the offensive be assumed, and an attempt be made to drive the Federals to the Ohio river, before a large Army could be concentrated to move against us. The following Johnston's Narrative, page 292. extract from a letter of General Bragg to General Johnston, dated March 12th, 1864, will show the number of men proffered the latter, if he would carry out the expressed wishes of the authorities at Richmond: It is needless, General, for me to impress upon you the great importance, not to say necessity, of reclaiming the provision country of Tennessee and Kentucky; and from my knowledge of the country and people, I believe that other great advantages may accrue especially in obtaining men to fill your ranks. The following forces, it is believed, will be availab
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 10 (search)
gadier-General W. N. Pendleton, an experienced officer of artillery, has been ordered to your headquarters to inspect that part of your command, and report its condition. Should his services be acceptable to you, I am authorized to say you can retain him. I am exceedingly anxious to gratify you on this point, for I know the deficiency now existing. It is more than probable that such a junction may soon be made as to place Colonel Alexander under your command. Reply, dated March 12, 1864. General: I had the honor to receive your letter of the 4th instant, in which I am desired to have all things in readiness at the earliest practicable moment, for the movement indicated. The last two words quoted give me the impression that some particular plan of operations is referred to. If so, it has not been communicated to me. A knowledge of it and of the forces to be provided for is necessary, to enable me to make proper requisitions. Permit me, in that connection, to rem
lton Head to-morrow. The battery remained at Jacksonville, which I think our forces will find it difficult to hold, as the enemy were following us closely. Taking every thing together, we have done pretty sharp work. In ninety hours we have marched one hundred and ten miles, fought a battle of three hours duration, got badly whipped, and what there is left of our little army is back again to where we started from. Another account. headquarters, District Florida, Jacksonville, March 12, 1864. Our landing in Jacksonville was a complete surprise to the rebels, and they were in no condition to receive us. Our march was, consequently, one continual triumph, with small loss, until our cavalry had advanced within two miles of Lake City, the first objective point of the campaign. It was at this time our first great mistake occurred. Major-General Gillmore supposed the rebels had really no force of any importance in the State, and that they were quite indifferent to its fate.
annihilated the army of Forrest, and made us the complete victors. It was a dreadful alternative to leave our wounded on the field in the hands of the enemy. Our experience with rebel surgeons after the battle of Gettysburgh shows us that they have but little humanity when treating their own wounded — they of course will have less when treating ours. The expedition, on the whole, can be considered a success, but one that has cost us dearly. Account by a participant. Memphis, March 12, 1864. Editor of the Rebellion Record: While General Sherman was collecting and organizing part of his forces.at Vicksburgh, for the expedition through Mississippi to Meridian, orders had issued for that part of the cavalry, which was then scattered through West and Middle Tennessee and North-Mississippi, to concentrate at Colliersville, a point on the Charleston and Memphis Railroad, twenty-four miles from Memphis, and to proceed from that place through Mississippi and along the Mobile and
er two hours hard work; had a sharp skirmishing and artillery attack of two hours, and had possession of the forts all intact before sunset. It is one of the best military moves made this war. I beg leave to inclose copy of Lieutenant Commanders S. L. Phelps's report. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Rear-Admiral. Instructions from Admiral Porter to Lieutenant Commander S. L. Phelps. flag-ship Black Hawk, U. S. Mississippi Squadron, Red River, March 12, 1864. sir: You will proceed at once up the Red River with the vessels I will detail to follow you, and commence removing the obstructions in the river, while, in the mean time, I will take a tour into the Atchafalaya, and land the troops at Simmsport, for the purpose of reconnoitring, etc. If you remove the obstructions, move up within a short distance of Fort De Russy, but make no attack until I get up with the main force, though, if there is any force at De Russy, you can amuse them by f
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