t only deserves to be condemned, but its condemnation should be measured by the prominence of the author and his abundant facilities for obtaining accurate information.
Judged by the official record, the verdict must be that the work is intensely egotistical, unreliable, and 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 e
t than the deliberate attempt to take from General Grant the credit which belongs to him for severa to another throughout the war than Sherman to Grant, and on this account any unjust treatment of tte had his gun-boat fleet at Cairo; and General U. S. Grant, who commanded the district, was collecHalleck had not originated, up to the time General Grant was ready to execute it, any such move as directly.
On the 6th of January, 1862, General Grant, then in command at Cairo, telegraphed to efore, further statements are unnecessary. U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General.
To these dispatches of Grant and Commodore Foote, Halleck replied:
headquarters Department of the Missouri, St. Louis, January 29, 1862. Brigadier-General Grant, Cairo.
Make your preparations to take and e movement arrived from Halleck, and on the 2d Grant began the campaign with seventeen thousand men February Fort Henry was taken, and on the 8th Grant telegraphed Halleck that he should immediately[19 more...]
and at Savannah previous to the arrival of General Grant, instructed me—writes General Sherman—to d a place was left for his forces, although General Grant afterward had determined to send Buell to , very respectfully your obedient servant. U. S. Grant, Major-General.
Immediately after the a day's march of them The infantry pickets of Grant's forces were not above three-fourths of a miltoward the close of that first disastrous day, Grant's whole army was praying for night or Buell, and Grant about noon was urging Buell on as follows:—If you will get upon the field, leaving all yountaine, Ohio, a most abusive article about General Grant and his subordinate generals.
As General an might have had the fairness to say that, as Grant's force for the first day's fight consisted ofate exploded errors.
The statement that General Grant made no official report of the battle of S very respectfully, your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Major-General commanding.
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ragg, then in full career for Kentucky.
General Grant determined to attack him in force, preparen Iuka, by the main road twenty-six miles. General Grant accompanied this column as far as Burnsvilwhich I have the honor to command. * * * * U. S. Grant, Major-General.
In his account of thers, beside wounded, are left on our hands. U. S. Grant, Major-General.
Jackson, October 5, 1862.
Rebel General Martin said to be killed. U. S. Grant, Major-General.
Jackson, October 8, 186remain still, until you can be heard from. U. S. Grant, Major-General.
General Rosecrans' proro, Miss., October 7, 1862, midnight. Major-General Grant, Jackson, Tenn.
Yours, 8:30 P. M., rhe following extract from orders issued by General Grant at Jackson, October 7th, shows that he the the pursuit, and the satisfaction felt by General Grant at the results.
So far as the differencessting upon pursuing the enemy beyond where General Grant considered it prudent to do so, and persis[20 more...]
The movement had been proposed by General Grant on the 4th of December, and the approval otelegraphed by Halleck on the 5th.
On the 8th Grant telegraphed that Sherman would be in command oartment, Washington, December 9, 1862. Major-General Grant, Oxford, Miss.
* * * * The Presidentrtment, Washington, December 18, 1862. Major-General Grant, Oxford, Miss.
* * * * It is the wistrusted with great responsibilities.
General Grant's order assigning him to the command, left botand your own judgment may dictate. * * * * U. S. Grant, Major-General.
On the same day GrantGrant telegraphed to Halleck: General Sherman will command the expedition down the Mississippi.
He willen reenforced in consequence of the failure of Grant's cooperative movement from Holly Springs, the Rawlins, Assistant Adjutant-General to Major-General Grant, Oxford, Miss., at last reliable accounate of about four thousand a day, provided General Grant did not occupy all the attention of Pember[2 more...]
nd all room for question, brought salvation to Grant's forces, to which sore disaster had come throdge.
Let the official record answer him!
General Grant, without waiting till Thomas' men could sef haste were developed in his movements.
General Grant had taken command, and believed Rosecrans,Washington, D. C., September 13, 1863. Major-General Grant or Vicksburg. Major-General Sherman,
oops I could throw in to head such a move. U. S. Grant, Major-General.
From these most urgen on November 14th, and a conversation with General Grant the next day, represents the latter as infn out of the trenches for a fight.
That General Grant could not have made such a statement aboutons may commence for offensive operations. U. S. Grant, Major-General.
That General Grant hacan make your arrangements for this delay. U. S. Grant, Major-General.
Upon receiving this, roops necessary to opening the battle, went to Grant, and urged that the attack on Lookout Mountain[29 more...]
also turn upon Mobile.
This impression was current at General Grant's headquarters and at Washington, and General Grant himGeneral Grant himself had written to Halleck, under date of January 15th, 1864, in the same letter which unfolded his plan for the general Sprp up a show of attack in that direction, it is evident that Grant had such a move in mind for him when the orders for the exp of about twenty-five hundred cavalry, which he had, by General Grant's orders, brought across from Middle Tennessee, to assi that I was disappointed, and so reported officially to General Grant. General Smith never regained my confidence as a soldieok.
General Smith, at the time of this expedition, was Grant's chief of cavalry, and when he was temporarily placed undeing against Forrest's command.
He made full report to General Grant of his operations under Sherman, and was commended for tained by that officer as chief-of-staff, when he succeeded Grant in command of the Military Division of the Mississippi, and
he 28th of February, 1864, before General Sherman had succeeded General Grant in the command of the Military Division of the Mississippi, Genmmand of the Army of the Cumberland at Chattanooga, telegraphed General Grant at Nashville, proposing the following plan for a Spring campaigof this proposition:
The above proposition was submitted to General Grant for his approval, and if obtained, it was my intention (havingg opened sufficiently to admit of it.
On the 17th of March General Grant was made Lieutenant-General, and was succeeded in command at Naok.
On the 24th of April General Sherman wrote as follows to General Grant, informing him of the intention to attack Johnston in position on of the Mississippi, in the field, Chattanooga, May 1, 1864. General Grant, Culpepper, Va.
* * * * The first move will be Thomas, Tunneon of the Mississippi, in the field, Chattanooga, May 4, 1864. General Grant, Culpepper, Va.
Thomas' center is at Ringgold, left at Catoo
the same evening he telegraphed General Thomas:
Are you willing to risk the move on Fulton, cutting loose from our railroad?
It would bring matters to a crisis, and Schofield has secured the way.
But his excuses to Generals Halleck and Grant a few days later cap the climax of all which the records contain in regard to Kenesaw.
Witness the following:
Sherman to Halleck, July 9: The assault I made was no mistake.
I had to do it. The enemy, and our own army and officers, had settle put the head of George Thomas' whole army right through Johnston's deployed line, on the best ground for go-ahead, while my whole forces were well in hand on roads converging to my then object, Marietta.
And the following:
Sherman to Grant, July 12: I regarded an assault on the 27th June necessary, for two good reasons: first, because the enemy, as well as my own army, had settled down into the belief that flanking alone was my game; and second, that on that day and ground, had the
propose to do.
And on the same day to General Grant:
Hood is now crossing the Coosa twelven their way to join you. I hope you will adopt Grant's idea of turning Wilson loose, rather than unst of November I telegraphed very fully to General Grant [General Sherman does not give this dispatmas, Major-General U. S. Volunteers.
General Grant having been made Lieutenant General, and obuild up our nation's power.
Of course, General Grant will not have time to give me the details s mind in regard to the march to Savannah, General Grant wrote the following letter to General Halll Sherman's story.
On page 166, after quoting Grant's dispatch of November 2d, given above, he sayagainst Hood is prominent.
The next day General Grant again telegraphed as follows:
Cityommenting upon the above letter, says:
General Grant promptly authorized the proposed movement,e.
I am General, your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Major-General.
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