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s confusion when compared with the system which was now inaugurated by Colonel (now General) Rufus Ingalls, when he became Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac. Through his persevering zeaecede the rest of the army. Through some oversight of the chief quartermaster of the army, General Ingalls, the captain had received no order of march, and after waiting until the head of the infant Meade rated the innocent captain for a few moments, and then rode away. When he had gone, General Ingalls dropped back from the staff a moment, with a laugh at the interview, and, on learning the caving weighed the threatened hanging by General Meade, the request to await his orders from General Ingalls, the threatened shooting of General Sheridan, and the original order of General Wilson, whi the supplies at a certain specified time and place, Ludington decided to await orders from General Ingalls, and resumed the company of the ladies. At last the orders came, and the captain moved his
Hancock, Winfield S., 208,254, 266-67,327,363,384 Hardtack, 96-97,110,113-19 Harpers Ferry, 287 Harrison's Landing, Va., 51,356-57 Hatcher's Run, Va., 308,313,392 Hazen, William B., 406 Heintzelman, Samuel P., 265 Hesser, Theodore, 311 Hinks, E. W., 29 Hinson, Joseph, 405 Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 26 Hood, John B., 400,406 Hooker, Joseph, 71, 257, 259-62, 331,338-40 Hospitals, 298-303,308 Hough, John, 263 Howard, Oliver O., 406 Huts, 56-58, 73-89 Ingalls, Rufus, 359,371-72, 375 Irwin, B. J. D., 301 Jackson, Andrew, 18 Jackson, Thomas J., 71 Jeffersonville, Ind., 121 Johnston, Joseph E., 340 Jonahs, 90-94 Jones, Edward F., 36 Kearney, Philip, 254-57 Kelly's Ford, Va., 315 Kenesaw Mountain, 400,404 Kingston, Ga., 400 Lee, Robert E., 198, 291-92,331, 362,367 Letterman, Jonathan, 303,305 Lewis' milk, 125 Lice, 80-82 Lincoln, Abraham, 15-16,18-20, 22, 34, 42, 44-45, 60, 71, 157, 162, 198,250,253,315 Longstreet
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Grand movement of the Army of the Potomac- crossing the Rapidan-entering the Wilderness- battle of the Wilderness (search)
ly on the south side of the river. There never was a corps better organized than was the quartermaster's corps with the Army of the Potomac in 1864. With a wagontrain that would have extended from the Rapidan to Richmond, stretched along in single file and separated as the teams necessarily would be when moving, we could still carry only three days forage and about ten to twelve days rations, besides a supply of ammunition. To overcome all difficulties, the chief quartermaster, General Rufus Ingalls, had marked on each wagon the corps badge with the division color and the number of the brigade. At a glance, the particular brigade to which any wagon belonged could be told. The wagons were also marked to note the contents: if ammunition, whether for artillery or infantry; if forage, whether grain or hay; if rations, whether bread, pork, beans, rice, sugar, coffee or whatever it might be. Empty wagons were never allowed to follow the army or stay in camp. As soon as a wagon was
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 15 (search)
esperate fighting had far surpassed any campaign in modern or ancient military history. In view of the important operations which were to be conducted from City Point, General Grant made some changes in the organization of the staff. General Rufus Ingalls, who had distinguished himself by the exhibition of signal ability as chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty as chief quartermaster upon the staff of the general-in-chief. Grant and he had been classmates at West Point, and were on terms of extreme intimacy. Ingalls was exceedingly popular in the army, and both officially and personally was regarded as an important acquisition to the staff. Lieutenant-colonel M. R. Morgan, an efficient and experienced officer of the commissary department, was added to the staff of the general-in-chief as chief commissary; thirty years after he became commissary-general of the army. Soon after General M. R. Patrick was made provost-marshal-general, and General
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 16 (search)
ry glad that hasty action had been prevented. If Meade had resigned at this time, Hancock would have succeeded him, and Ingalls, who had shown such signal executive ability, might possibly have been given an important command. Ingalls and I expresIngalls and I expressed a desire repeatedly to serve in command of troops, as such service gave promise of more rapid promotion and was more in accordance with our tastes; but the general always insisted upon retaining us on his staff. A reference to this subject ocd him upon his tour. The language used by General Grant in one of his interviews with Mr. Young is reported as follows: Ingalls in command of troops would, in my opinion, have become a great and famous general. . . . Horace Porter was lost in the staff. Like Ingalls, he was too useful to be spared. But as a commander of troops Porter would have risen, in my opinion, to a high command. --Editor. General Meade was a most accomplished officer. He had been thoroughly educated in his profes
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 22 (search)
the Confederacy, and prove the quickest method of bringing the war to a close. Late that night the general, Rawlins, Ingalls, and I, with one or two others, were sitting by the camp-fire. The general was seated on a rustic bench as usual, and wy two kinds of people, liars and cowards. He has no patience with them, and never fails to show his aversion for them. Ingalls added: Such traits are so foreign to his own nature that it is not surprising that he should not tolerate them in othersu will say nothing of the kind. I don't lie myself, and I won't have any one lie for me. A staff-officer inquired of Ingalls whether General Grant, when at West Point, gave any promise of his future greatness. Ingalls replied: Grant was such a Ingalls replied: Grant was such a quiet, unassuming fellow when a cadet that nobody would have picked him out as one who was destined to occupy a conspicuous place in history; and yet he had certain qualities which attracted attention and commanded the respect of all those in the co
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 23 (search)
Grant's children at City Point Upon the return of General Ingalls from another trip to Washington, he brought with him oho had been an intimate acquaintance of Generals Grant and Ingalls when these two officers were stationed at Fort Vancouver, t at all surprised, Nes, to see you go to the Senate, said Ingalls; I always believed old Vancouver could furnish talent enou, expressed a desire to pay a visit to General Butler, and Ingalls and I volunteered to take him to that officer's headquarteeneral Grant the story of the cipher correspondence he and Ingalls had carried on the year before. He said: One day the Secrdespatch, seeing that it was addressed to me and signed by Ingalls, and read: Klat-awa ni-ka sit-kum mo-litsh weght o-coke ko is the court language of the Northwestern Indian tribes. Ingalls and I, and all the fellows that served out in Oregon, picknglish: Send me half barrel more that same whisky You see, Ingalls always trusts my judgment on whisky. He thinks I can tell
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 24 (search)
ght they could. When I returned to headquarters, the general, Mrs. Grant, and Ingalls were talking the matter over in the front room of the general's quarters. Well, now that we've got all ready for them, said Ingalls, why don't their old gunboats come down? Ingalls, you must have patience, remarked the general; perhaps they Ingalls, you must have patience, remarked the general; perhaps they don't know that you're in such a hurry for them, or they would move faster; you must give them time. Well, if they're going to postpone their movement indefinitely, I'll go to bed, continued Ingalls, and started for his quarters. News now came that it was thought the vessels could not pass the obstructions, and would not make ut the movement of the gunboat with which he had been sent to communicate, and Ingalls had also rejoined the party. Mrs. Grant, in the midst of the scene, quietly se been placed in the shore batteries, and the situation was greatly relieved. Ingalls, whose dry humor always came to his rescue when matters were serious, again as
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 27 (search)
erest, and suggested that he be invited in and asked to state them. This was assented to, and Sheridan was told that the general wanted to hear what he had to say. Sheridan then went in, and found Grant and Rawlins still discussing the situation. Several persons soon after came into the tent, and Sheridan, saying he was cold and wet, stepped out to the camp-fire. The general-in-chief remarked that he wanted to have some words with Sheridan in private before parting, and followed him out. Ingalls said his tent was vacant, and Grant and Sheridan entered it and had a talk there, in which a definite understanding was reached as to Sheridan's immediate movements. In about twenty minutes they came out, and Sheridan mounted his horse, waved us a good-by with his hand, and rode off to Dinwiddie. The next morning (March 31) Sheridan reported that the enemy had been hard at work intrenching at Five Forks and to a point about a mile west of that place. Lee had been as prompt as Grant t
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 28 (search)
egan to assert itself. During the day I had sent him a bulletin saying: I have noticed among the prisoners and dead many old men whose heads are quite bald. This was mentioned as an evidence that the enemy in recruiting was robbing the grave. Ingalls was sitting with us. His hair had become so thin that he used to part it low behind and comb the stray locks forward, trying to make the rear-guard do picket duty at the front. The general delighted in teasing him on this subject, and looking toward him, he now said to me: When I got your message to-day about the bald-headed men, I showed it to Ingalls, and told him he had better take care and not fall into the hands of the enemy, for that is just the way they would be commenting on his head in their reports. Grant was anxious to have the different commands move against the enemy's lines at once to prevent Lee from withdrawing troops and sending them against Sheridan. Meade was all activity, and so alive to the situation, and so
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