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s, in the changes which the arms, ammunition, and ordnance underwent in their better adaptation to the needs of the hour. The few muskets remaining in the hands of the government in 1861 were used to equip the troops who left first for the seat of war. Then manufacturing began on an immense scale. The government workshops could not produce a tithe of what were wanted, even though running night and day; and so private enterprise was called in to supplement the need. As one illustration, Grover & Baker of Roxbury turned their extensive sewing-machine workshop into a rifle-manufactory, which employed several hundred hands, and this was only one of a large number in that section. Alger, of South Boston, poured the immense molten masses of his cupolas into the moulds of cannon, and his massive steam-hammers pounded out and welded the ponderous shafts of gunboats and monitors. The descendants of Paul Revere diverted a part of their yellow metal from the mills which rolled it into she
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xvi. (search)
med to crash the earth beneath him, brought him to his knees. By no means a praying man, his petition was short and to the point,--O Lord, if it is all the same to you, give us a little more light and a little less noise! Presently the conversation turned upon Shakspeare, of whom it is well known Mr. Lincoln was very fond. He once remarked, It matters not to me whether Shakspeare be well or ill acted; with him the thought suffices. Edwin Booth was playing an engagement at this time at Grover's Theatre. He had been announced for the coming evening in his famous part of Hamlet. The President had never witnessed his representation of this character, and he proposed being present. The mention of this play, which I afterward learned had at all times a peculiar charm for Mr. Lincoln's mind, waked up a train of thought I was not prepared for. Said he,--and his words have often returned to me with a sad interest since his own assassination,--There is one passage of the play of Hamlet
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 19 (search)
great vigor, driving and routing the enemy, capturing, according to last reports, forty-three pieces of artillery and very many prisoners. I do not yet know the number of my casualties or the losses of the enemy. Wagon-trains, ambulances, and caissons in large numbers are in our possession. They also burned some of their trains. General Ramseur is a prisoner in our hands, severely, and perhaps mortally, wounded. I have to regret the loss of General Bidwell, killed, and Generals Wright, Grover, and Ricketts, wounded-Wright slightly wounded. Affairs at times looked badly, but by the gallantry of our brave officers and men disaster has been converted into a splendid victory. Darkness again intervened to shut off greater results. . . . By this time the listeners had rallied from their dejection, and were beside themselves with delight. The general seemed to enjoy the bombshell he had thrown among the staff almost as much as the news of Sheridan's signal victory. In these after
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 12 (search)
published it to the Federal army, in his field-order No. 66, on the same day: Hostilities having ceased, the following changes and dispositions of the troops in the field will be made with as little delay as practicable: 1. The Tenth and Twenty-third Corps will remain in the Department of North Carolina, and Major-General J. M. Schofield will transfer back to Major-General Gillmore, commanding Department of the South, the two brigades formerly belonging to the division of Brevet Major-General Grover, at Savannah. The Third Division, cavalry corps, Brevet Major-General J. Kilpatrick commanding, is hereby transferred to the Department of North Carolina, and General Kilpatrick will report in person to Major-General Schofield for orders. 2. The cavalry command of Major-General George Stoneman will return to East Tennessee, and that of Brevet Major-General J. H. Wilson will be conducted back to the Tennessee River, in the neighborhood of Decatur, Alabama. 3. Major-General H
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 33. capture of Lexington, Missouri. (search)
forces should lay down their arms and surrender themselves as prisoners of war to this army. These terms, having been made known, were ratified by me and immediately carried into effect. Our entire loss in this series of engagements amounts to twenty-five killed and seventy-five wounded. The enemy's loss was much greater. The visible fruits of this almost bloodless victory are great — about three thousand five hundred prisoners, among whom are Cols. Mulligan, Marshall, Peabody, White, Grover, Major Van Horn, and one hundred and eighteen other commissioned officers, five pieces of artillery and two mortars, over three thousand stand of infantry arms, a large number of sabres, about seven hundred and fifty horses, many sets of cavalry equipments, wagons, teams, ammunition, more than one hundred thousand dollars' worth of commissary stores, and a large amount of other property. In addition to all this, I obtained the restoration of the Great Seal of the State and the Public Record
cue our fellow-soldiers, captured at Lexington by Price, viz, Colonel White, Col. Grover, and some twelve or fifteen others. We placed them on board the Sioux City It gives in detail the recapture of Lexington and the rescue of Cols. White and Grover from the hands of the rebels: Lexington, October 17, 1861. dear sir : be glad to hear some of the particulars concerning the rescue of Col. White, Col. Grover, and others of our gallant wounded at Lexington, I take a spare moment to sehe site of Price's headquarters, on the Fair grounds. When Mrs. White and Mrs. Grover met us at the door of the house where their husbands lay nearly dying, the serry-boats, and this morning seized the steamboat Florence. Colonels White and Grover were placed on board, and in a few moments will start for home and safety. Lemains. A scene of terror reigned; and but for our arrival, Colonels White and Grover would have met with a like fate. Thank God, the American flag is again float
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 23 (search)
ng the Department of the South, who proposed to retain his own headquarters at Hilton Head, and to occupy Savannah by General Grover's division of the Nineteenth Corps, just arrived from James River; and on the next day, viz., January 19th, I made th manifested a decidedly hostile spirit to the Confederate cause. I nursed the feeling as far as possible, and instructed Grover to keep it up. My left wing must now be at Sister's Ferry, crossing the Savannah River to the east bank. Slocum has okeep the Southern people somewhat dependent on the articles of commerce to which they have hitherto been accustomed. General Grover is now here, and will, I think, be able to handle this matter judiciously, and may gradually relax, and invite cottonill all their duties and accomplish all that is aimed at by the law. Yet on this subject I will leave Generals Foster and Grover to do the best they can. I am, with great respect, your obedient servant, W. T. Sherman, Major-General commanding. h
som protested against having the cavalry so far in advance of the main army. General Banks hurried on, supposing that there was no danger, but the sad defeat at Mansfield is the result. After General Banks left Grand Ecore, he wrote back to General Grover, at Alexandria, saying: We hope to meet the enemy this side of Shreveport. His hope has been more than realized. The troops are calling for General Sherman. They say if Sherman had been in command, he would now be in Shreveport, instead of sent an order for Smith's return to Vicksburgh. I do not see how General Banks can spare the Sixteenth army corps at this time. All the forces have been ordered here from Alexandria, except one regiment, and a few companies of home-guards. General Grover, commanding the post at Alexandria, has been ordered here, and is now expected. Fears are entertained that the rebels may attack Alexandria for the purpose of destroying the large amount of army supplies at that place. Admiral Porter has
eries on Sunday and Monday fully proved, while Grover at the same time was reaching their rear, harairteenth,) news reached General Banks that General Grover was in the rear of the enemy advancing on k on Saturday morning, the eleventh inst., General Grover's division left Brashear City on the gunbo General Dwight received instructions from General Grover to remain on the opposite side of the Technd fifty prisoners in all were captured by General Grover's command. Immediately on the retreat a warned her not to proceed any further, as General Grover was in the neighborhood; but advised that hree hundred sharp-shooters was cut off by General Grover's forces, and it is thought they had subse without artillery for about an hour, when General Grover arrived with Closson's battery of six piecwn that the moment for action had arrived, General Grover formed his troops in line of battle, as fo The Major of the regiment was serving on General Grover's staff, and was not on the spot; two othe[16 more...]
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 171-operations on the Opelousas. (search)
Doc. 171-operations on the Opelousas. General Banks's official report. headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Nineteenth army corps, Opelousas, April 23, 1863. General: On the evening of the seventeenth, General Grover, who had marched from New-Iberia by a shorter road, and thus gained the advance, met the enemy at Bayou Vermilion. The enemy's force consisted of a considerable number of cavalry, one thousand infantry and six pieces of artillery, masked in a strong position on the opand a section of artillery, being thrown forward to Washington, on the Courtableau, a distance of six miles. The command rested on the twenty-first. Yesterday morning, the twenty-second, I sent out Brigadier-General Dwight with his brigade of Grover's division and detachments of artillery and cavalry, to push forward through Washington toward Alexandria. He found the bridges over bayous Cocodue and Bocuff destroyed, and occupied the evening and night in replacing them by a single bridge at
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