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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, The military situation-plans for the campaign-sheridan assigned to command of the cavalry-flank movements-forrest at Fort Pillow-General Banks's expedition-colonel Mosby-an incident of the Wilderness campaign (search)
ion on that officer, however, for I did not know but that he had been as efficient as any other cavalry commander. Banks in the Department of the Gulf was ordered to assemble all the troops he had at New Orleans in time to join in the general move, Mobile to be his objective. At this time I was not entirely decided as to whether I should move the Army of the Potomac by the right flank of the enemy, or by his left. Each plan presented advantages. In Field, Culpeper C. H., Va., April 9, 1864 Maj.-General Geo. G. Meade, Com'd'g Army of the Potomac. For information and as instruction to govern your preparations for the coming campaign, the following is communicated confidentially for your own perusal alone. So far as practicable all the armies are to move together, and towards one common centre. Banks has been instructed to turn over the guarding of the Red River to General Steele and the navy, to abandon Texas with the exception of the Rio Grande, and to concentrate a
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Through the Wilderness. (search)
Through the Wilderness. by Alexander S. Webb, Brevet Major-General, U. S. A. In 1861, 1862, and 1863, the Army of the Potomac, under McClellan, Hooker, and Meade, had by constant attrition worn down Lee's command until, in the minds of many officers and men who were actively engaged in the front, there was confidence that Lee would not hold out against our army another year. On April 9th, 1864, General Grant instructed General Meade that Lee's army would be his objective. Meade had with him, according to his report of April 30th, 95,952 enlisted men, 3486 officers, and 274 guns. Hancock's corps contained 26,676 men; Warren's, 24,125 men; Sedgwick's, 22,584 men ; These three corps had been increased by the consolidation with them of the First and Third corps (see p. 93). Besides causing great dissatisfaction throughout the army, this consolidation, in my opinion, was the indirect cause of much of the confusion in the execution of orders, and in the handling of troops durin
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 9: the Red River expedition. (search)
uring the night, with General Emory covering his retreat, and bringing away the army material, after burying his dead and caring for his wounded. Banks's whole force reached their destination between eight and nine o'clock the next morning. April 9, 1864. It was soon discovered that the Confederates were following closely in strong force, and a line of battle was at once formed at Pleasant Hill to receive them. General Smith had arrived the evening before with a portion of his troops. Tch had been skillfully formed on the right of these. The right of the Confederates was driven more than a mile by this charge. The whole of the reserves were ordered up, and the foe was completely routed, and pursued until dark. So ended, April 9, 1864. in complete victory for the Nationals, the battle of Pleasant Hill. It was desperate and sanguinary, said General Banks in his report. The defeat of the enemy was complete, and his loss in officers and men more than double that sustained b
Tenth 21 132 77 230 7th New Hampshire Seymour's Tenth 17 71 121 209 Buzzard Roost, Ga.             Feb. 25-27, 1864.             10th Michigan Davis's Fourteenth 16 36 14 66 Sabine Cross Roads, La.             April 8, 1864.             161st New York Emory's Nineteenth 9 43 38 90 28th Iowa Cameron's Thirteenth 8 30 32 70 130th Illinois Landram's Thirteenth 2 23 232 257 3d Mass. Cavalry Lee's Cavalry Nineteenth 8 52 11 71 Pleasant Hill, La.             April 9, 1864.             32d Iowa Mower's Sixteenth 35 115 60 210 162d New York Including loss at Sabine Cross Roads. Emory's Nineteenth 16 48 47 111 30th Maine Including loss at Sabine Cross Roads. Emory's Nineteenth 11 58 69 138 14th Iowa Mower's Sixteenth 19 61 9 89 24th Missouri Mower's Sixteenth 9 80 7 96 Jenkins's Ferry, Ark.             April 30, 1864.             9th Wisconsin Salomon's Seventh 13 81 -- 94 33d Iowa Sal
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 13: occupations in 1863; exchange of prisoners. (search)
nd discussion was had upon all questions in relation to exchange. The discussion convinced me that although Mr. Ould made the non-delivery of slaves a sine qua non, yet, after the other exchanges had been made, a slight experiment of retaliation of the treatment received by the colored soldiers would release them. The result of this negotiation was communicated to the War Department by the following letter:-- headquarters Department of Virginia and North Carolina, Fortress Monroe, April 9, 1864. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War: Sir:--Upon the last flag of truce boat which carried up Confederate prisoners in our hands, I sent up from Point Lookout some four hundred and odd prisoners, being the wounded and sick Confederates who were sufficiently convalescent to bear the voyage. Upon the return of the boat, I was informed by Major Mulford, that the Confederate agent of exchange would meet me on the James River on Wednesday, the 29th day of March. Accordingly I received
der of a division. Benj. F. Butler, Major-General Commanding. [no. 17. see page 636.] Culpepper Court-House, Va., April 8, 1864-8.30 P. M. (Received 9.30 P. M.) Major-General Halleck: It is the intention to operate up the James River as far as City Point, and all the co-operation the navy can give, we want. Two of the iron-clads are wanted as soon as they can be got. . . . U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General Commanding. War Records, Vol. XXXIII, p. 821. Culpepper Court-House, Va., April 9, 1864. Maj.-Gen. G. G. Meade, Commanding Airy of . The Potomac: Gillmore will join Butler with about ten thousand men from South Carolina. Butler can reduce his garrison so as to take twenty-three thousand men into the field directly to his front. The force will be commanded by Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith. With Smith and Gillmore, Butler will seize City Point and operate against Richmond from the south side of the river. His movement will be simultaneous with yours. Lee's army will be your
58. Colonel Lewis Benedict. by Alfred B. Street. [The following lines on the death of Colonel Lewis Benedict, who fell while leading his brigade at the battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, April 9, 1864, were recited by James E. Murdoch, before the New-York Legislature, on the second of February, 1865.] We laid him in his last and patriot rest; Dark Death but couched him on Fame's living breast. We twine the sorrowing cypress o'er his grave, And let the star-bright banner loftier wave At mention of his deeds! In manhood's prime, Blossoms the pinions waved by smiling Time, He left life's warbling bowers for duty's path, Where the fierce war-storm flashed its reddest wrath; Path proud, though rough; outrang the trumpet's blast: “To arms, to arms! down to the dust is cast The flag, the dear old flag, by treason's hand!” And the deep thundering sound rolled onward through the land. In the quick throngs of fiery life that rushed To smite for native land till wrong was crushed And r
Battle of Pleasant Hill. in the field, Pleasant Hill, La., Saturday, April 9, 1864. General Andrew Jackson Smith, commanding detatchments Sixteenth and Seventeenth army corps, after being delayed five hours by a brigade cavalry wagon-train long enough for transporting the troops of a good-sized army, reached Pleasant Hill at sundown yesterday, according to his promise with General Banks several days previous. It was only through the greatest personal exertions of General Smith that La., April 13, 1864. Captain J. B. Sample, A. A. G. First and Third Division, Sixteenth Army Corps: Captain: I have the honor to report the following relative to the part taken by my brigade in the battle of Pleasant Hill, La., on the ninth day of April, 1864. In accordance with orders received, we marched from Grand Ecore, La., on the morning of the seventh. After proceeding some fifteen miles on the Shreveport road, we went into camp for the night. On the morning of the eighth we were
hat the Senate agree to the said amendments. That the House of Representatives recede from their disagreement to the fourth section of the amendments of the Senate, and agree to the same with the following amendment, to wit, add at the end of said section the words when practicable, and that the Senate agree to said amendment. The report was adopted. The House agreed to the report made on the same day by Mr. Garfield. So the bill passed, and was approved by the President on the ninth of April, 1864. No. Lxiv.--The Bill to increase the Rank, Pay, and Emoluments of the Provost-Marshal General. In the House, on the eighth of March, 1864, Mr. Schenck, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill to amend an act for enrolling and calling out the national forces, so as to increase the rank, pay, and emoluments of the Provost-Marshal General. On motion of Mr. F. W. Kellogg, of Michigan, the previous question on the passage of the bill was ordered, and it was passed —
the army boat Smith Briggs, and a few wagons taken and brought off; a valuable officer killed, and one man wounded on our side — the rebel loss unknown. The following enclosures accompany this report: No. 1. Admiral Lee to General Butler, April 9, 1864. No. 2. To Admiral Lee from General Butler, April 10, 1864. No. 3. Memorandum received from General Butler and Colonel Shaffer, April 12, 1864. No. 4. Orders to Acting Master D. A. Campbell, United States steamer Stepping Stones, have the honor to be, Sir, Very respectfully, yours, S. P. Lee, A. R. Admiral, commanding N. A. B. Squadron Hon Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Letter to General Butler. flag-ship N. A. B. Squadron, off Newport News, Va., April 9, 1864. General: The vicinity of Smithfield and Chuckatuck are known to be invested by guerillas, who are reported to have boats concealed up those creeks and their tributaries. You are aware that the rebels have an organized system of boat expe
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