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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Operations in Mississippi-Longstreet in east Tennessee-commissioned Lieutenant-General-Commanding the armies of the United States-first interview with President Lincoln (search)
o duty of officers who had been relieved from important commands, namely McClellan, Burnside and Fremont in the East, and Buell, McCook, Negley and Crittenden in the West. Some time in the winter of 1863-64 I had been invited by the general-in-ccould speak to the Secretary of War about the matter. I shortly after recommended to the Secretary the assignment of General Buell to duty. I received the assurance that duty would be offered to him; and afterwards the Secretary told me that he had offered Buell an assignment and that the latter had declined it, saying that it would be degradation to accept the assignment offered. I understood afterwards that he refused to serve under either Sherman or [E. R. S.] Canby because he had ranked him in the old army. Sherman ranked him as a brigadier-general. All of them ranked me in the old army, and Sherman and Buell did as brigadiers. The worst excuse a soldier can make for declining service is that he once ranked the commander he is
as I look back, though the mortification I then endured was deep and trying, I am convinced that it was hardly as much as I deserved for such an outrageous breach of discipline. There was no question as to Terrill's irritating tone, but in giving me the order he was prompted by the duty of his position as a file closer, and I was not the one to remedy the wrong which I conceived had been done me, and clearly not justifiable in assuming to correct him with my own hands. In 1862, when General Buell's army was assembling at Louisville, Terrill was with it as a brigadier-general (for, although a Virginian, he had remained loyal), and I then took the initiative toward a renewal of our acquaintance. Our renewed friendship was not destined to be of long duration, I am sorry to say, for a few days later, in the battle of Perryville, while gallantly fighting for his country, poor Terrill was killed. My suspension necessitated my leaving the Academy, and I returned home in the fall of
mistake made by dispersing Halleck's forces after the fall of Corinth, General Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio had been started some time before on its march easte part of the enemy, now (at Tupelo under General Braxton Bragg, either to meet Buell or frustrate his designs by some counteroperation, I was expected to furnish, bsfer from Mississippi of most of Bragg's army, for the purpose of counteracting Buell's operations in northern Alabama and East Tennessee. This decisive evidence waervice he had rendered. In moving from Corinth east toward Chattanooga, General Buell's army was much delayed by the requirement that he should repair the Memphile and Cincinnati — was now well defined, and had already rendered abortive General Buell's designs on Chattanooga and East Tennessee. Therefore extraordinary effornd of such other regiments as might be sent me in advance of the arrival of General Buell's army. When I reached Louisville I reported to Major-General William N
s was assigned to the command of a division in Buell's army after that officer had been relieved fr strike Louisville and capture the city before Buell could arrive on the ground. It became necessahe race that was then going on between him and Buell on parallel roads, the Army of the Ohio outmarstaff, Colonel Fry, and, while not questioning Buell's good intentions nor his pure motives, insiste was among the officers much criticism of General Buell's management of the recent campaign, whicht was asserted, and by many conceded, that General Buell had a sufficient force to risk a fight. Hto the north toward Bardstown, he left open to Buell the direct road to Louisville by way of Elizab orders were now issued for a concentration of Buell's army at Bowling Green, with a view to marchithe hardships of war. At Bowling Green General Buell was relieved, General W. S. Rosecrans succany who still had the utmost confidence in General Buell, and they repelled with some asperity the [15 more...]
General Rosecrans assumed command of the department October 30, at Louisville, and joined the Army November 2. There had been much pressure brought to bear on General Buell to induce him to take measures looking to the occupancy of East Tennessee, and the clamor to this end from Washington still continued; but now that Bragg was so lay down his life within a few days, and on the same fatal field. His brigade had been performing garrison duty in Nashville during the siege of that city while Buell's army was in Kentucky, but disliking the prospect of inactivity pending the operations opening before us, Roberts had requested and obtained a transfer to the armrank by Brigadier-General Jeff. C. Davis; BrigadierGeneral R. W. Johnson, and Brigadier-General P. H. Sheridan. Although the corps nomenclature established by General Buell was dropped, the grand divisions into which he had organized the army at Louisville were maintained, and, in fact, the conditions established then remained pra
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., Morgan's cavalry during the Bragg invasion. (search)
demonstrating to induce Bragg to believe that Buell's at-tack would be delivered from that directif any, less than 61,000 men. On October 1st Buell moved out of Louisville with 58,000 effective were raw troops. Under the impression that Buell was about to throw his entire army upon Smith the evening of the 7th, Gilbert, in command of Buell's center, came in contact with Hardee near Perf the enemy could have been hurled upon them. Buell's whole army (with the exception of the divisi McCook had been fighting several hours before Buell was informed that a battle was in progress, th been the result at Perryville on the 8th, and Buell had then gotten between the scattered remnantsuously, and almost constantly, in contact with Buell's advance regiments until the 17th. At that dnemy, and then move southward, directly across Buell's rear, doing the latter all possible damage. n Tennessee and in front of Nashville, whither Buell, having turned aside from pursuit of Bragg thr[4 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The opposing forces at Perryville, Ky., October 8th, 1862. (search)
ds. K stands for killed; w for wounded; m w for mortally wounded; m for captured or missing; c for captured. The Union forces. Army of the Ohio.--Maj.-Gen. Don Carlos Buell; Maj.-Gen. George H. Thomas, second in command. Escort: Anderson (Pa.) Troop, Lieut. Thomas S. Maple; 4th U. S. Cav. (6 co's), Lieut.-Col. James Oake William P. Reid; 19th Ind. Battery, Capt. Samuel J. Harris. Brigade loss: k, 87; w, 346; m, 146 = 579. Second Army Corps, Of the operations of this corps General Buell says, in his official report: The corps of General Crittenden closed in, and Wagner's brigade, of Wood's division, became engaged and did good service on the r. Adding to this number the 4000 casualties sustained in the battle, would. make the entire army at and about Perryville 54,000 strong. In March, 1888, General D. C. Buell wrote to the editors: Adopting this estimate and adding Sill's Division, say 7000, which moved on the Frankfort road and did not join until after the battle
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
detachments on the left bank of the Potomac as far up as Williamsport, above Harper's Ferry, and as far down as Liverpool Point, in Maryland, nearly opposite Acquia Creek. The different divisions were posted as follows: Hooker at Budd's Ferry, Lower Potomac; Heintzelman at Fort Lyon and vicinity; Franklin near the Theological Seminary; Blenker near Hunter's Chapel; McDowell at Upton's Hill and Arlington; F. J. Porter at Hall's and Miner's Hills; Smith at Mackall's Hill; McCall at Langley; Buell at Tenallytown, Meridian Hill, Emory's Chapel, &c., on the left bank of the river; Casey at Washington; Stoneman's cavalry at Washington; Hunt's artillery at Washington; Banks at Darnestown, with detachments at Point of Rocks, Sandy Hook, Williamsport, &c.; Stone at Poolesville; and Dix at Baltimore, with detachments on the Eastern shore. At the close of September a grand review had been held, when seventy thousand men of all arms were assembled and maneuvered. It was the largest milita
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
ments of Generals Halleck See page 179. and Buell, See page 179. having a connection with thearters at Louisville. this is a view of General Buell's Headquarters on Fourth Street, between Gts there caused a brief diversion of a part of Buell's army from the business of pushing on in the e spirit of Kentucky dead? At this time General Buell had under his command about one hundred and chiefly of citizens of Ohio, Indiana, Don Carlos Buell. Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnellery. The contributions of these States to Buell's army were as follows: Ohio, thirty regimentsir persons. Report of General Thomas to General Buell, dated at Somerset, Kentucky, Jan. 81, 186eculations about the intentions of Halleck and Buell, and the most ridiculous criticisms of their donfederate force was thus weakened in front of Buell, Thomas was recalled. The latter turned back,n. These developments satisfied Johnston that Buell was concentrating his forces to attack his fro[8 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 8: the siege and capture of Fort Donelson. (search)
whom he afterward journeyed for six weeks upon the pathways and battle-fields of the great armies in Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia. The aspect of Nashville, and especially its surroundings, had materially changed since the author was there in 1861. The storm of war had swept (over the country in its vicinity with fearful effect. The city itself had not suffered bombardment, yet at times it had been in imminent danger of such calamity; first on the approach of the forces of Grant and Buell, and after-ward when it was held by the National troops and was threatened by the Confederates. The hills had been stripped of their forests, pleasure-grounds had been robbed of their shade-trees, and places of pleasant resort had been scarred by trenches or disfigured by breastworks. Buildings had been shattered by shot and shell or laid in ruins by fire; and at every approach to the city were populous cemeteries of soldiers who had fallen in defense of their country. In the Capitol we
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