cruelly unjust to nearly all his distinguished associates.
Our erratic General thrusts his pen recklessly through reputations which are as dear to the country as his own. He detracts from what right fully belongs to Grant; misrepresents and belittles Thomas; withholds justice from Buell, repeatedly loads failures for which he was responsible, now upon Thomas, now upon Schofield, now upon McPherson, and again upon the three jointly; is unjust in the extreme to Rosecrans; sneers at Logan and Blair; insults Hooker, and slanders Stanton.
The salient points of the long story are readily found by those who either followed, or made themselves familiar by study with his campaigns.
The reader turns naturally for explanations of the surprise and attending disgrace at Shiloh; the ill-judged and fatal assault at Chickasaw Bayou; the protest against the move by which Vicksburg was captured; his failure to carry the point assigned him at the battle of Chattanooga; the escape of Johnston from
behind the bank, and could not be moved forward.
Frank Blair's brigade, of Steele's division, in support, alsoboldness one of his brigades, in addition to that of Blair's, he could have made a lodgment on the bluff, whichgan promptly and skillfully sustained the lead of Frank Blair's brigade on that day, we should have broken the ed a lodgment on the hills behind Vicksburg.
General Frank Blair was outspoken and indignant against Generals the point of debarkation DeCourcey's, Stuart's, and Blair's brigades were sent forward in the direction of Vice's above the mouth of Chickasaw Bayou; Morgan, with Blair's brigade of Steele's division, below the same bayou o'clock (noon) when Morgan was ready, by which time Blair's and Thayer's brigades of Steele's division were up struggle I refer to the reports of Generals Morgan, Blair, Steele, and others inclosed.
General Morgan's fips were not discouraged at all, though the losses in Blair's and DeCourcey's brigades were heavy, and he would
n in his army.
Speaking of two of the prominent actors in that battle, he says:
I regarded both Generals Logan and Blair as volunteers, that looked to personal fame and glory as auxiliary and secondary to their political ambition, and not as t through from noon till after night by his troops, commanded by these same political Generals and volunteers, Logan and Blair, assisted by that other well known politcian and volunteer, General Dodge., then commanding the Sixteenth Corps.
It wa by McPherson, came rapidly across the open field to the rear, from the direction of the railroad, filled up the gap from Blair's new left to the head of Dodge's column-now facing to the general left-thus forming a strong left flank at right angles list of the killed or wounded.
The character of the surprise upon the left is shown by the following extract from General Blair's report of the battle:
In the morning of the 22d the enemy came in on my rear and left in very heavy force, with
est, while I would come on his rear from the east.
The Fifteenth Corps, less one division (Hazen's), still well to the rear, was turned at once toward Bentonville; Hazen's division was ordered to Slocum's flank; and orders were also sent for General Blair, with the Seventeenth Corps, to come to the same destination.
Meantime the sound of cannon came from the direction of Bentonville.
The night of the 19th caught us near Falling Creek Church; but early the next morning the Fifteenth Corps, th till dark, but was every where repulsed and lost heavily.
At the time I was with the Fifteenth Corps marching on a road more to the right, but on hearing of General Slocum's danger directed that corps toward Cox's Bridge, in the night brought Blair's corps over, and on the 20th marched rapidly on Johnston's flank and rear.
We struck him about noon and forced him to assume the defensive and to fortify.
Yesterday we pushed him hard and came very near crushing him, the right division of the
s after his first interview with Johnston in regard to the character of terms that should be offered:
During the evening of the 17th and morning of the 18th, I saw nearly all the general officers of the army (Schofield, Slocum, Howard, Logan, Blair), and we talked over the matter of the conference at Bennett's house of the day before, and without exception, all advised me to agree to some terms, for they all dreaded the long and harassing march in pursuit of a dissolving and fleeing army; aourselves.
We discussed all the probabilities, among which was, whether, if Johnston made a point of it, I should assent to the escape from the country of Jeff. Davis and his fugitive Cabinet; and some one of my general officers, either Logan or Blair, insisted that if asked for, we should even provide a vessel to carry them to Nassau from Charleston.
In Craven's Prison Life of Jeff. Davis, the author gives this version of the circumstances attending the surrender of Johnston, which conta