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whole force encamped for the night, in line of battle, ten miles from Columbus, taking a strong position, commanding the approaches to that place by two roads which intersect the road leading to Putney's Bend and Elliott's Mills to Milburn. Brig.-Gen. Grant, commanding the various forces in the field, came up with us at this point, and expressed his approval of the manner in which the disposition of the forces had been made. To prevent surprise, strong guards were again thrown forward. At s in the rear of Columbus. Sending forward Captain Wemple with his company of the Fourth cavalry to Mayfield, I communicated with General Smith, commanding the columns that marched from Paducah, placing him in possession of a dispatch from Brig.-Gen. Grant, and giving him information of the report that Camp Beauregard had been abandoned. Capt. Wemple, with his command, joined me the next day. On the next day our whole force advanced north eight miles to Lovelaceville, throwing forward stro
wounded. I remain your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General. headquarters District ooters, on board the gunboats. By order, U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General Commanding. Despatchder, I handed the Fort and prisoners over to Gen. Grant, commanding the army, on his arrival at he Fl grounded, and the promise of Com. Foote to Gen. Grant was fulfilled, as the sequel will show. Sle to participate in achieving the victory. Gen. Grant evidently did not understand that Commodore y, and two hours later turned it all over to Gen. Grant, and proceeded to make other arrangements. ote turning every thing over to him. Whether Gen. Grant pursued the enemy that night or the next day this place is marked by much complaint of General Grant, though how justly or unjustly such complar with his boats, but this was not granted. Gen. Grant, it is thought, is much to blame for his ina courtesies and consideration shown by Brig.-Gen. U. S. Grant and Commander Foote, and the officers [12 more...]
r and swift current. On consultation with General Grant and my own officers — as my services here,the enemy, the accompanying communication to Gen. Grant, and request information of the point where Smith on the left. My orders, received from Gen. Grant, were to hold my position and prevent the enrd Mississippi (rebel) regiment, to inform General Grant that the place was surrendered, and my troir fortifications, we received an order from Gen. Grant to fall back to brow of hill, which was doney had been seen on the ridge in front of us, Gen. Grant immediately ordered the hills to be occupied guns in position, ready for any emergency. Gen. Grant here gave orders for a still further advancet, having got his troops in proper position, Gen. Grant first directed his attention. But few trobut few regiments arrived even before dark. Gen. Grant's judgment, therefore, much against his willged to retire. By this time it was noon. Gen. Grant had just returned from the landing, where he[24 more...]
I have issued a proclamation assuring all peaceably disposed persons that they may with safety resume their business avocations, requiring only the military stores and equipments to be given up, and holding the authorities responsible that this shall be done without reservation. I left Fort Donelson yesterday with the Conestoga, Lieut. Commanding Phelps, and the Cairo, Lieut. Commanding Bryant, on an armed reconnoissance, bringing with me Col. Webster of the Engineer Corps, and chief of Gen. Grant's staff, who, with Lieut. Commanding Phelps, took possession of the principal fort and hoisted the Union flag at Clarksville. A Union sentiment manifested itself as we came up the river. The rebels have retreated to Nashville, having set fire, against the remonstrances of the citizens, to the splendid railroad-bridge across the Cumberland River. I return to Fort Donelson to-day for another gunboat and six or eight mortar-boats, with which I propose to proceed up the Cumberland.
e city. This wholesale destruction, when compared with the manner in which the National troops disabled, without destroying, the bridges on the Tennessee, invites a comparison between the two forces that must result favorably to the latter. Gen. Grant and staff came up here to-day from Clarksville, and spent several hours in looking around the city. Among others whom they called upon was Mrs. Polk, the widow of James K. Polk, formerly President of the whole United States. The residence of ind is not altogether free from, as I have carefully reflected upon this singular and almost isolated case of Union feeling. The other case was also that of an Irish lady, and seemed more the result of genuine loyalty than of stimulants. As Gen. Grant and staff were riding through the city, a woman rushed out from a house, and throwing up her hands in the style adopted by cruel parents when they say, Bless you, my children, in fifteen-cent novels, exclaimed: God bless ye, gintlemen! Success
Correspondence between Generals Beauregard and Grant. headquarters Department of Mississippi, Beauregard, General Commanding. To Major-General U. S. Grant, Major-General Commanding U. S. Forcneral, respectfully, your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Major-General Commanding. Report of Mabattle, and in anticipation of an order from Gen. Grant to join him at that place, had the equipage om it Capts. Rawlins and Rowley, attached to Gen. Grant's staff, overtook me. From them I learned thne of their rifled guns. During this affair Gen. Grant came up, and gave me my direction of attack, miles within the lines of the encampment of Gen. Grant's army, and in the camps occupied by his troe Eleventh were held in reserve, by order of Gen. Grant, and bore no conspicuous part in the gloriouot reach the field of battle in time to save Gen. Grant's shattered fugitive forces from capture or restive under our slow concentrations, and General Grant had given out that an attack from them see[11 more...]
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 122.-Gen. Sherman's reconnoissance on the Corinth (Miss.) road. (search)
Doc. 122.-Gen. Sherman's reconnoissance on the Corinth (Miss.) road. Official report of General Sherman. headquarters, Fifth division, April 8. To Major-General Grant, Commanding Army in Field: sir: With the cavalry placed at my command, and two brigades of my fatigued troops, I went this morning out on the Corinth road. The abandoned camps of the enemy lined the road, with hospital flags for their protection. At all of these we found more or less wounded and dead. At the forks of the road I found the head of General Wood's division. At that point I ordered cavalry to examine both roads, and found the enemy's cavalry. Colonel Dickey, of the Illinois cavalry, asked for reinforcements. I ordered Gen. Wood to advance the head of his column cautiously on the left-hand road, whilst I conducted the head of the Third brigade of the Fifth division up the righthand road. About half a mile from the forks was a clear field, through which the road passed, and immediately beyon
nd was assigned to two. Lieut. Wilson, who had been engaged in drilling his men, at their guns for several days, acted on the staff of Gen. Gilmore, and exercised a sort of supervision of several of the batteries in conjunction with Lieut. Porter. On the night of the ninth I rode with Lieut. Porter through the batteries. His object was to ascertain if it would be possible to open fire at sunrise in the morning. We visited each battery in turn: first the two mortar-batteries, Stanton and Grant, the furthest from the Fort. These were to be commanded by Capts. Skinner and Palmer, of the Connecticut Seventh. Then batteries Lyon and Lincoln, under Capt. Pelouze. One of them mounted three ten-inch, and the other three eight-inch columbiads. All of these four works were more than three thousand yards from Pulaski. Battery Burnside, under command of Sergeant Wilson, of the Ordnance, mounted one thirteen-inch mortar; battery Sherman commanded by Capt. Francis, consisted of three thirt
Doc. 139.-Halleck's General orders. headquarters Department of the Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Tenn., April 18, 1862. 1. The Major-General commanding this department thanks Major-Gen. Grant and Major-Gen. Buell, and the officers and men of their respective commands, for the bravery and endurance with which they sustained the general attacks of the enemy on the sixth, and for the heroic manner in which, on the seventh inst., they defeated and routed the entire rebel army. The soldiers ofter discipline and order. These are as essential to the success as to the health of the army, and without them, we cannot long expect to be victorious; but with them, we can march forward to new fields of honor and glory, till this wicked rebellion is completely crushed out, and peace restored to our country. 3. Major-Gens. Grant and Buell will retain the immediate command of their respective armies in the field. By command of Maj.-Gen. Halleck. N. H. McClean, Assistant Adjutant-General.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 153.-the Tennessee expedition. (search)
Doc. 153.-the Tennessee expedition. Cincinnati Commercial account. camp Shiloh, five miles from Pittsburgh Landing, April 30, 1862. on Sunday morning, twenty-seventh instant, Gen. Grant ordered Gen. Wallace to make a demonstration in the neighborhood of Purdy, a town of about eight hundred inhabitants, twenty-two miles distant from our camp, deriving a small degree of importance from its location on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. It is about twenty miles from Corinth, on a direct railroad line. It was not known when the expedition started what force the rebels had at the point, but it was supposed they had a pretty strong garrison there, and were prepared to repel such a cavalry dash as is ordinarily made for the destruction of railroad bridges. Accordingly it was determined to send a large force, and to make the attack partake of the nature of a surprise. Seven regiments of infantry, from Gen. Wallace's division, including the Seventy-eighth and Twentieth Ohio, two bat