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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 8: (search)
one hundred thousand men, should have brought Johnston's forty-five thousand to decisive battle in fnorth toward Dalton, and doubtless carried to Johnston the first serious intimation that a heavy forclose support, so that you can hold all of Jos. Johnston's army in check should he abandon Dalton. and the usual impulse of a conquering army. Johnston having retreated in the night of May 15th, immonstration against Buzzard Roost, attracting Johnston's whole attention to that point, and to have yette all our armies will be together, and if Johnston stands at Dalton we must attack him in positiaca, and will there break the road, and leave Johnston out of rations. To-morrow will tell the stornd make this dispatch that you may understand Johnston acts purely on the defensive. I am attackingt we will all get ready. * * * * Do you think Johnston has yet discovered the nature of your forces?l Sherman having refrained from hurrying, and Johnston having virtually escaped him, he telegraphed [20 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 15: (search)
ith as little reason and success, to be severe upon Mr. Stanton, which may properly be presented in this connection. In the second bulletin which the Secretary of War published on April 27th, concerning General Sherman's arrangements with General Johnston, the following paragraphs appeared from a dispatch of General Halleck's, dated Richmond, April 26th, 9:30 P. M.: The bankers here have information to-day that Jeff. Davis' specie is moving south from Goldsboro, in wagons, as fast as poss General Gillmore. The following is Sherman's gold dispatch: Raleigh, N. C., April 25, 1865. Major-General G. A. Gillmore, Commanding Department of the South, and Real-Admiral John A. Dahlgren, Commanding S. A. B. Squadron. I expect Johnston will surrender his army. We have had much negotiation, and things are settling down to the terms of Lee's army. Jeff. Davis and his Cabinet, with considerable specie, is making his way toward Cuba. He passed Charlotte, going south, on the 23d
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 16: (search)
ed as to turn its mind toward North Carolina, Johnston had offered to surrender, and so Bentonville e immediately in our front, while the bulk of Johnston's army was supposed to be collecting at or neis movement I hoped General Slocum would hold Johnston's army facing west, while I would come on hisle was on the first day, viz.: the 19th, when Johnston's army struck the head of Slocum's column, kne again refers to the matter, as follows: Johnston had moved, by night, from Smithfield, with grin to General Terry at 6 A. M.: Yesterday Johnston, with his force concentrated, struck my left ick massed his cavalry on the left. General Jos. Johnston had the night before marched his wholen, was about this: With a full knowledge that Johnston was rapidly concentrating all available forcetwo wings of the Union army, each inferior to Johnston's supposed numbers, were allowed to march in be brought up for the first day's fight. General Johnston's force was then estimated at thirty-seve[20 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 17: (search)
Chapter 17: The terms with Johnston the first draft made by a Confederate Cabinet officer. General Sherman sneers at political generals, and then devotes thirty pages of his Memoirs to an inaccurate history of his own political surrender to General Jos. E. Johnston near Raleigh. The country will never forget its joy over the news from Appomattox, or the chill which shortly after fell upon it when the true character of Sherman's terms became known. If the country at large ever does forget the circumstances attending the latter event, those who were at Raleigh at the time never will. The real character of these terms was carefully concealed there, even from very prominent officers, and was known first at the North. It was given out at Sherman's Headquarters that the terms granted Johnston were virtually the same as those extended by Grant to Lee, and special stress was laid upon the statement that in no sense had General Sherman recognized the political existence