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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)
himself an imperishable record of infamy in the annals of his country, as dark as that gained by Butler, the leader of the Tories and Indians in the massacre in the Wyoming Valley during the Old War f from injury by the public enemy Then followed a proposition from General G. W. Phelps to General Butler, his chief, to organize negro regiments in Louisiana, to be composed of the fugitive slaves 0. for arms and clothing for three regiments of Africans, to be employed in defending his post. Butler had no authority to comply, and told Phelps to employ them in cutting trees and constructing aba, Phelps replied, and, throwing up his commission, returned to Vermont. Not long afterward, General Butler, impressed with the perils of his isolated .situation, called for volunteers from the free cd. A second was soon in arms, and very speedily a third; and these were the colored troops whom Butler turned over to his successor, General Banks, as we have observed on page 352, volume II. Anot
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 10: the last invasion of Missouri.--events in East Tennessee.--preparations for the advance of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
hor in the great Valley of East Tennessee Governor Brownlow and his family, 284. Greenville death of Morgan, the guerrilla chief, 285. journey from Greenville to Richmond, 286. Knoxville threatened by Breckinridge Richmond threatened by General Butler, 287. Kilpatrick's raid to Richmond, 288. fortifications around Richmond, 289. repulse of the Nationals at Richmond death of Colonel Dahlgren, 290. propriety of murdering Union prisoners considered by the Conspirators preparations for b to the James, after noticing earlier movements of some detachments of National troops on the flanks and rear of the Army of Northern Virginia. The first of these movements which attracted much attention occurred early in February, when General B. F. Butler, then in command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, lately vacated by General Foster, planned and attempted the capture of Richmond, and the release of the Union ,prisoners there, by a sudden descent upon it. Arrangements we
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 11: advance of the Army of the Potomac on Richmond. (search)
alry, who had pursued him from the Rapid Anna, but was not much impeded thereby. He pushed on, crossed the South Anna at Ground-squirrel Bridge, and at daylight on the morning of the 11th, captured Ashland Station, on the Fredericksburg road, where he destroyed the rail-way property, a large quantity of stores, and the road itself for six miles. Being charged with the duty of not only destroying these roads, but of menacing Richmond and communicating with the Army of the James, under General Butler, Sheridan pressed on in the direction of the Confederate capital, when he was confronted by Stuart at Yellow Tavern, a few miles north of Richmond, where that able leader, having made a swift, circuitous march, had concentrated all of his available cavalry. Sheridan attacked him at once, and, after a sharp engagement, drove the Confederates toward Ashland, on the north fork of the Chickahominy, with a loss of their gallant leader, who, with General Gordon, was mortally wounded. Inspiri
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 12: operations against Richmond. (search)
2, 1864. orders accordingly, and directed General Butler to move simultaneously with Meade. Butl imparted to both posts. When the movement of Butler and the arrival of Gillmore with troops from Cs, and at Spottsylvania Court-House, compelled Butler to stand much on the defensive; and in the absces. And, encouraged by the success that day, Butler determined to improve the advantages gained bymond. The story was not true. On the 12th, Butler pushed a heavy column northward, the right, un well up toward the Confederate left, and Generals Butler and Smith made their quarters at the finehe Confederates a little over three thousand. Butler was now in an almost impregnable position, wittroops for chief operations against Richmond. Butler's line of works, erected under the direction orved. see page 333. in the mean. Time, Butler endeavored to do what he might in furtherance elieved by the Sixth, was sent by Grant to aid Butler, in the event of an exigency such as had now o[26 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
ks on the north side of the James, ordered General Butler to cross over the river from Bermuda Hundrs Paine, were put in column of division by General Butler, and sent in the advance. They pushed rapty. For their gallantry on that occasion, General Butler, at the close of the war, presented a silv history of the medal, made by the author, General Butler wrote on the 8th of March, 1868:--Never wae Butler medal. Carolina) brigade. General Butler's Address to the Soldiers of the Army of t in front of Petersburg. At the same time General Butler was to make a demonstration in force againfortable winter quarters. The movement of General Butler, on the north side of the James, at the satch Gap, and went into winter quarters. General Butler's Headquarters. this was the appearance of General Butler's Headquarters when the writer made the sketch at the close of 1864. the General is seen in the rear of Headquarters. General Butler established his Headquarters at the mansio[2 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 14: Sherman's campaign in Georgia. (search)
way, to write to him. I read all letters, he said, sent to me. He admitted that not many men between eighteen and forty-five years of age were left. Then, with low cunning, he tried to give an excuse for the detention of their friends as captives, and the horrors of Andersonville, the wailings from which might almost have reached his ears, by pretending that it was the fault of the United States Government that prisoners were not exchanged. Imitating the vulgarity of Beauregard, he said: Butler, the beast, with whom no commissioner of exchange would hold intercourse, had published in his newspapers that if we would consent to the exchange of negroes, all difficulties might be removed. This is reported as an effort of his to get himself whitewashed, by holding intercourse with gentlemen. The whole speech was full of the evidences of the desperation of a charlatan, satisfied that his tricks were discovered. He felt the chill of the silence and contempt of the thinking men and wome
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 17: Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--the capture of Fort Fisher. (search)
five hundred troops from the forces under General Butler, to co-operate with the fleet under Admiraas possible. In the instructions given to General Butler, December 6. it was stated that the firstton, and the second the capture of that city. Butler was instructed to debark the troops on the maid the port of Wilmington would be sealed. General Butler was further instructed that should the tronroe the next morning, Dec. 9, 1864. when General Butler reported to Admiral Porter that his troopstination of the armada should reach the enemy, Butler sent the transport fleet up the Potomac, to Ma three days. On Friday, the 23d, December. Butler sent Captain Clark, one of his aids, in the ares, with ten commissioned officers. From them Butler learned that Hoke's division had been detachedg on. Knowing the strength of Hoke's division, Butler was satisfied that a force, outside of the for the land. Considering all these things, General Butler ordered the troops to withdraw and re-emba[10 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 18: capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, and Goldsboroa.--Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--Stoneman's last raid. (search)
gned the position of chief engineer of this. The general instructions did not differ essentially from those given to General Butler. In them, Terry was informed that a siege train would be at his disposal at Fortress Monroe, if he should require itf, rendering them useless, and the men unable to stand to the parapets during the fire. --General Whiting's Answer to General Butler's 22d Question. In the arrangement for the general attack by land and water, the fleet was to first concentrate i supineness of the Confederate General that it [the attacking force] was not destroyed in the act of assault. --Answer to Butler's 24th question. Hoke, who was near, made some show on the afternoon of the assault, by Bragg's orders, but a peremptory y's bridges. On the 2d of March the leading division of the Twentieth Corps reached Chesterfield, skirmishing there with Butler's cavalry division; and at about noon the next day the Seventeenth Corps (Blair's) entered Cheraw, where it was expected
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
the Appomattox to the Roanoke. on the 24th of March, Grant issued instructions to Meade, Ord, and Sheridan, these were commanders of three distinct and independent armies,--the Potomac, under Meade — the James, under Ord (who had succeeded Butler after the failure to capture Fort Fisher), and the cavalry, under Sheridan; but all acted as a unit under the General command of Grant. for a General movement on the 29th. Lee had been, for several days, evidently preparing for some important moat occasion was a storm-flag, which General Shepley had brought from Norfolk. It had formerly belonged to the Twelfth Maine Volunteers, of which he had originally been colonel. It had floated over the St. Charles Hotel, in New Orleans, when General Butler made that house his Headquarters. Shepley had made the remark, one day, in the hearing of young De Peyster, that it would do to float over Richmond, and that he hoped to see it there. His listening aid said: May I be allowed to raise it for
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
h of December. 1864. On the following day we went up the James River, with General Butler, on his elegant little dispatch steamer, Ocean Queen, to City Point, where, arrived there. We made our way in an ambulance, over a most wretched road, to Butler's Headquarters, See picture on page 362. within seven miles of Richmond, whe when the firing ceased. The Confederates had doubtless heard of the return of Butler from Fort Fisher, and, mistaking our little party of five for the General and his staff, gave this Salute with shotted guns. We returned to General Butler's Headquarters at twilight, where we found George D. Prentice, editor of the Louisvillehad just come through the lines from Richmond. With him and Captain Clarke, of Butler's staff, we journeyed the next day on horseback to Aiken's Landing, crossed thet, and the next morning went down to Fortress Monroe, bearing an order from General Butler for a tug to take us to Norfolk. We spent New Year's day in that city, and
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