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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 14: in command of the Army of the James. (search)
t the time. It was never an afterthought arising from his subsequent acts toward me, censuring either my military or political conduct. On the 7th General Smith struck the railroad near Port Walthall Junction, and began its destruction. Generals Brooks and Heckman of his corps had severe fighting, with some loss, but with more damage to the enemy. Colonel West, of the colored cavalry, had most successfully performed his march, having driven the enemy from the fords of the Chickahominy aetersburg was thus frustrated by information from headquarters through Washington which was in every substantial particular misleading and untrue. There was severe fighting on the night of the 9th, the enemy making an attack in force upon Generals Brooks and Heckman, but were handsomely repulsed. On the 10th the plan of withdrawal of the troops from Swift Creek was carried out without loss, and the railroad wholly destroyed for seven miles, under my personal supervision, there being no su
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 15: operations of the Army of the James around Richmond and Petersburg. (search)
t order was carefully and properly executed by Weitzel and Brooks in the front. They commanded the left and centre division Smith with direction to have his right division under General Brooks march by his right flank to the rear of Gillmore's lefcase they showed symptoms of breaking. The distance which Brooks' division would have to move was but little more than halfe can. I said to my aid, Ride with me, and we rode to Brooks' line, and fortunately found him at the head of his divisi the time to deal with that question. I have directed General Brooks to make the movement, and I now direct you personally pidly back to my point of observation. Shortly afterwards Brooks' division crossed the crown of the knoll behind where I st General Hancock not yet up; General Ames not here; General Brooks has three batteries; General Martindale one, and GenerHouse and on its left were carried by the divisions of Generals Brooks and Hinks; that he then ordered the colored troops to
ral Turner, asking him to give me two regiments to aid General Brooks to maintain that position. I have therefore, now, rescommand next in order, and the divisions of Martindale and Brooks followed. When a portion of the column had passed the Citad. General Smith then said he would send the division of Brooks around the right of Cedar Level Swamp, and dislodge the entry it if I chose, and rode away to give directions to General Brooks. First placing my batteries in position to cover the mthe swamp, which Martindale's division had not passed, and Brooks' division had been diverted from its route; therefore, conreached Jordan Point road; the divisions of Martindale and Brooks having been directed by General Smith to move from Baylor'rigade of Kautz or the infantry division of Martindale and Brooks were doing in the afternoon while my division was capturin a brigadier-general holding such a position, Gen. Win. T. H. Brooks to the command of the Tenth Corps, leaving both these c
816; the counterpart of Halleck, 879. Breckinridge, John C., nominated for Presidency 144-145; why Butler supported, 148; supporters meet in Washington, 148, 150; part of his corps ordered to Vicksburg, 458, 463; sent against New Orleans, 470; attacks Williams at Baton Rouge, 481, 483; spies report regarding forces of, 484-485; General reference to, 891. Briggs, Capt. Henry S., 174; anecdote of, 189. bright, Jesse D., 766. Brooklyn, The, of U. S. Navy at Fort Fisher, 792. Brooks, General, engagement near Port Walthall Junction, 645; repulses enemy, 648; reference to, 658-690; ordered to relieve Gillmore, 665-666. Brown, John, at Harper's Ferry, 133-134; intended to arm negroes with spears, 579. Brown, Lieutenant-Colonel, assists in editing the Delta, 895. Buchanan, President, fraudulent election of, 133; interview with regarding So. Carolina commissioners, 155-156; reference to reorganized cabinet, 217-982. Buckingham, Governor of Connecticut, aids in recrui