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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 1 (search)
the War Department, beginning with the words, Grant arrived last night, wet, dirty, and well. On the 19th of October General Grant's command had been enlarged so as to cover the newly created mid the appearance of the autumn storms. General Grant, upon assuming the responsibilities of hisy, I will hold the town till we starve. General Grant had started, the day before the incident I such trying circumstances. As soon as General Grant had partaken of a light supper immediatelye off one spur before going to bed. At General Grant's request, General Thomas, General Williamops, and described the general situation. General Grant sat for some time as immovable as a rock ad when this recommendation was reported to General Grant he laughed heartily at the humor of the sus sentinels cried out, Turn out the guard--General Grant! The confederate guard took up the joke, g of the 5th of November I was sent for by General Grant to come to his headquarters. On my arriva[8 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 2 (search)
Chapter 2 A higher grade created for Grant Grant's first meeting with Lincoln in command of all the armies interview with Stanton Grant in a communicative mood at General Meade's headith others of its kind, made it plain that General Grant would never be free to make his selection ress from the Galena district in Illinois, General Grant's old home, soon introduced a bill creatinthe ladies. Cries now arose of Grant! Grant! Grant! Then came cheer after cheer. Seward, after ned that the Secretary of War, in spite of General Grant's request to have me assigned to his staffhout feeling a chill run down my back. General Grant returned to the capital on March 23. I wethere, but not at the head of an army. General Grant now held a command the magnitude of which convalescent was assigned to the staff of General Grant. He had had a good training in literatureson was made a captain and aide-de-camp to General Grant. His gallant conduct at Shiloh, where he [29 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 3 (search)
of Grant an Early breakfast at headquarters Grant and Meade pitch tents in the Wilderness Grantetters to his wife until after the war, when Mrs. Grant, in speaking of them, said that they always about 70,000 present for duty, equipped. General Grant, in his Memoirs, puts the number as high ainia. These advances were in obedience to General Grant's previous orders. He said: I don't expecnt them, at which Longstreet said: Do you know Grant No, the officer replied. Well, I do, continueroadside. He came forward on foot to give General Grant the latest information. The general now d described, between it and the Germanna road. Grant and Meade had, in the mean time, taken up theis moving up rapidly on the Orange plank-road. Grant was now becoming impatient to take the initiathim the sad intelligence of Hays's death. General Grant was by no means a demonstrative man, but uf-past 4 o'clock, and recommended six; but General Grant objected, as he was apprehensive that this[25 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 4 (search)
Chapter 4 Grant's preparations for the Second day in the Wilderness Hancock flushed wicritical moment the crisis of the Wilderness Grant's demeanor on the field Grant's peculiaritiesGrant's peculiarities in battle Grant's confidence in success the General-in chief as aid to a Drover confusion causthe difficulties in the way, I returned to General Grant to let him know the true situation, and thrmed of what occurred at other points. Generals Grant and Meade, after discussing the situation,most critical movements were taking place, General Grant manifested no perceptible anxiety, but gav served under him at the time told me that Colonel Grant, as he came out of his tent one morning, fe had been driven back in some confusion. Generals Grant and Meade, accompanied by me and one or twngthening the point of the line attacked. General Grant now took the matter in hand with his accuse in my presence by General Sherman. He said: Grant always seemed pretty certain to win when he we[15 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 5 (search)
Chapter 5 Grant's third day in the Wilderness Hail to the chief! a night alarm a midthest from the enemy. Soon after dark, Generals Grant and Meade, accompanied by their staffs, afhe seats of the ambulance, conversing with General Grant, who had dismounted and was sitting on thed soldiers. At eleven o'clock word came to Grant and Meade that their headquarters escorts and was decided to return to the Brock road. General Grant at first demurred when it was proposed to irected to open the way. About sunrise General Grant, after taking off his coat and shaking it move out with his cavalry and whip Stuart, General Grant quietly observed, Did Sheridan say that? ides the fate of battle. At 11:30 A. M. General Grant sent a telegram to Halleck, saying: The bench Church. Lee had by this time comprehended Grant's intentions, and was making all haste to throthe strengthening of his right, revived in General Grant's mind the impression that the enemy might[10 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter6 (search)
Chapter6 Communicating with Burnside Grant attacks the enemy's center how a famous messaously; but Burnside was so anxious to have General Grant make a decision in the matter himself that position. I had sent two bulletins to General Grant describing the situation on the left, but soners. Upton had been severely wounded. General Grant had obtained permission of the government ablish your whole line to-night. . . . Perhaps Grant will make a night attack, as it was a favoritefront. Hancock called for reinforcements, but Grant had anticipated him and had already ordered tral of modern times. Meade had come over to Grant's headquarters early, and while they were engasible. After some pleasant conversation with Grant and Meade about old times and the strange chanhe others who had been captured. While Generals Grant and Meade were talking with General Johnsolost its connection with Hancock's corps. General Grant sent him a brief, characteristic note in r[14 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 7 (search)
dier bad news On the morning of May 13 General Grant expressed some anxiety as to the possibilientailed. He usually showed his orders to General Grant before issuing them, and as their camps inchief to read before he read them himself. As Grant's combativeness displayed itself only against o me that way; they're a good deal better than Grant's miserables anyhow! This was retold so oftend the position was soon retaken and held. General Grant expressed to General Meade his pleasure atthat day. While riding about the field General Grant stopped at a house and expressed a desire ow and a smile, Here, take my chair, sir. General Grant looked at him, and replied: Ah, you need ttinual rain was most disheartening. On May 16 Grant wrote to Halleck: We have had five days almosted to affect him more than usual. When General Grant returned to his headquarters, greatly disahe authorities at Washington, and not upon General Grant's suggestion, though the general thought w[11 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 8 (search)
Attempt to turn the Union right--Bill Grant's Unprotected headquarters Grant and the VirgGrant and the Virginia lady a race for the North Anna a noonday halt at Mrs. Tyler's The fact that a change had 's troops, and was followed by Wright. Generals Grant and Meade, with their staffs, took up theid until Warren's troops should be met; but General Grant made light of the proposition and ordered kson of blessed memory. Indeed! remarked General Grant. He and I were at West Point together for a force he was certain Hancock could whip; and Grant, being in close communication with the severalile day before, in speaking of the position of Grant's army, he said: I fear [this] will secure hime with caution. Early in the afternoon General Grant decided to halt for a couple of hours, to e grounds in the shade of the trees, while General Grant, accompanied by two or three of us who werhot that every one was greatly amused, and General Grant joined heartily in the laugh that followed[14 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 9 (search)
Chapter 9 Grant crosses the North Anna Sheridan Returns from his raid meeting betweena bugler in the cavalry, and the other was General Grant. In the evening of the 22d the generaln miles in the vicinity of the region in which Grant's operations took place, and unite and form thross the river until the next morning. General Grant rode during this day, May 23, with Hancockle cavalry raid, and was warmly greeted by General Grant at headquarters, and heartily congratulateousand wagons free from their attacks. General Grant at times had a peculiar manner of teasingthods which had been employed. While General Grant was riding past the headquarters of Burnside tle swamp, and on the left by Little River. General Grant said, in discussing the situation at this e Confederate capital. On the 22d, as soon as Grant had learned the extent of the disaster to Butlo crush Hancock's corps. This is exactly what Grant himself would have done under similar circumst[8 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 10 (search)
of the Potomac Grant Disciplines a teamster Grant's fondness for horses moving into position thickahominy, and were well intrenched. General Grant was particularly anxious, that evening, toat once, and join the Army of the Potomac. General Grant thought that it was not improbable that thwith him so as to strengthen his forces. General Grant said at this time: Nothing would please meuth side, and carry out the views expressed by Grant in the beginning of the Wilderness campaign asmes River and White House. This would cut off Grant's short route to the James in case he should dd fight for the possession of Cold Harbor, General Grant had ordered Wright's corps to make a nightately against great odds for about four hours. Grant had secured Old Cold Harbor, and won the game.June was a busy one for both officers and men. Grant, eager as usual to push the advantage gained, e Commission, and presented them in turn. General Grant rose to his feet, shook hands with them, a[13 more...]
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