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uggested a legal objection to the plan. After this was written it occurred to me whether I ought, in justice to myself, to state this very advanced position which I had taken with the President, and I knew of no person living who was aware of the fact by whom, if it were denied, it could be substantiated. With some misgivings it was put in type. Afterwards when travelling in a car with General John Cochrane, of New York, a very distinguished Tammany politician and a warm friend of General McClellan, and chatting over matters which were of interest when we were political friends, he said to me: I suppose you are not aware that I witnessed a very remarkable scene between yourself and President Buchanan in the latter part of December, 1860, when I met you in Washington. I said I did not know that he had seen anything between Mr. Buchanan and myself. He answered that he had, and added: You told me that you intended to advise Buchanan to treat Barnwell, Adams, and Orr,--the commissi
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 5: Baltimore and Fortress Monroe. (search)
hile they were very kind in him were eminently characteristic. General, he said, you are very fortunate to be assigned to duty at Fortress Monroe; it is just the season for soft-shelled crabs, and hog fish have just come in, and they are the most delicious pan fish you ever ate, --as indeed I found them to be. From that time I never had the least objectionable communication from General Scott. We always met in the most friendly manner, and when he was retired from the army,--after McClellan had quarrelled with him, and abused him until he got the old general removed from his path to the chief command, and then wrote a very florid general order in his praise,--I felt it my duty to ask leave, as senior major-general, to attend, with other officers, as escort to his home. I met him but once afterwards, and that was when I was in command in New York, in 1864. I took possession of the Hoffman House, where he had rooms, for my headquarters. I waited upon him and assured him th
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 6: contraband of War, Big Bethel and Hatteras. (search)
ess that the navy had anything to do with up to that time, or, indeed, the army either, except at Baltimore and Annapolis. The President shook me very warmly by the hand, and when I ventured to speak about what I had not done, he said: You have done all right, you have done all right. Come to-morrow at ten o'clock and we will have a Cabinet meeting over it. I retired, and at ten o'clock the next morning I made my report to the President in Cabinet meeting. Among those present was General McClellan, whom I then saw for the first time. I explained the whole situation, giving reasons why I had not obeyed orders and stopped up Hatteras Inlet, and also stating the necessity for holding Fort Hatteras. On the next day I had the pleasure to report to my chief, General Wool, whom I never saw as such afterwards, that the Cabinet had voted unanimously that he should hold Fort Hatteras and Hatteras Inlet. I had opened the way through Annapolis for the troops to save the capital; I had
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 7: recruiting in New England. (search)
ecruiting ought to stop. He was also on General McClellan's staff. But Wilson did not echo the wi make a diversion of the enemy's plans. General McClellan suggested Texas, and asked me to get up as understood to be some feeling between General McClellan and the President because McClellan did McClellan did not move, his excuse being all the while the small number of his troops and the great excess of those of the enemy. McClellan, however, held everything with a high, strong hand, and what he wanted e rebel intrenchments near Centralville, and McClellan's bureau of information had evidently includan these. I thought as we parted that General McClellan did not seem quite as cordial as when wehe matter to a focus at once. I went to General McClellan and told him about the order and asked h what will come out of this. I looked General McClellan in the eye and said: General, shall I cagh to have a little bird sing to me that General McClellan's father-in-law and chief of staff, R. B[10 more...]
them obeyed him. They evidently took a leaf of disobedience out of his own book. It may be said in excuse for Halleck's not sending his troops to Vicksburg that the condition of things at Washington and the need of reinforcements because of McClellan's defeat around Richmond justified Halleck in neglecting Vicksburg and in sending his troops to Washington. There are two answers to that: First, that he did not send any troops there, but made as his excuse for not aiding Farragut the stateII., Part II., p. 63. The only man that was in a panic concerning Washington was Halleck himself, as will be seen by his letter to McClernand which I quote:-- Corinth, June 30, 1862. Major-General McClernand, Jackson: The defeat of McClellan near Richmond has produced another stampede in Washington. You will collect as rapidly as possible all the infantry regiments of your division, and take advantage of transportation by every train to transport them to Columbus and thence to Was
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 12: administration of finances, politics, and justice.--recall. (search)
ng that summer, save that the continual bad news from the army of McClellan on the peninsula made them afraid that the Union control of New O Richmond giving the most glorious accounts of the destruction of McClellan's army. The rebels had telegraphic communication from Richmond t via grapevine, which was believed by all the secessionists, that McClellan with forty thousand men had been captured and carried into Richmotative experiments were made on me. When the report came that McClellan had been captured, I happened to be at Baton Rouge. Upon its recuantity of handbills containing the particulars of the capture of McClellan. She was followed by a small crowd. A police officer attempted all was dated quite contemporaneously with the one relieving George B. McClellan from command, to wit: a day after the November election, so on. Besides, Mr. President, there is another thing. You removed McClellan, a Democratic general, and sent him away in disgrace on the 5th o
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 13: occupations in 1863; exchange of prisoners. (search)
as I now do from the correspondence between McClellan and Halleck, that theretofore there had beenals of the army. I knew I was not wanted by McClellan, because he was aware that as a volunteer of of cavalry and three detached companies. McClellan's letter, July 2. His story, page 59. His fitter, Aug. 16, 1861. His story, page 87. McClellan had then been only twenty days in Washingtonseen — enough to tax the patience of Job. McClellan's letter, Oct. 10, 1861. His story, page 169enslave the people. It is incredible that McClellan could have published his treasonable utteran got rid of General Scott. He saw also that McClellan had determined, as he admits, not to prosecuand with a genius for administration, he put McClellan, when he thought it safe to so do, in the sa for such purpose. To show how thoroughly McClellan had been corrupted, or corrupted himself, annst me by the officers from West Point. Now McClellan has put almost all the brigades in charge of[26 more...]
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 14: in command of the Army of the James. (search)
examined particularly the topography of Virginia and North Carolina and that, too, in connection with the campaigns of McClellan around Richmond and his final retreat to Harrison's Landing. I was a good deal impressed with the peculiar topographshington in three days to meet him, without losing a man, because it is all inland navigation. In the re-transfer of McClellan's army in 1862, Halleck reports that On the first of August I ordered General Burnside to immediately embark his troopsnvince him that the transportation could be thus speedily effected, but he called my attention to the fact that it took McClellan three months to move less than thirty thousand troops from Washington to Fortress Monroe, and the whole country was ranes, or move with their artillery and supplies, at least without attracting the attention of the enemy, because when General McClellan tried to move the Army of the Potomac from Washington to Fortress Monroe, scarcely twenty-five thousand men were ab
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 15: operations of the Army of the James around Richmond and Petersburg. (search)
whom he had learned was to make this his new base, into the position in which McClellan was at Harrison's landing. Accordingly it was imperative that I should no lo and that was very infirm health, arising from wounds received in the army of McClellan before Richmond. It may be asked why, if it was of so much importance, I e a little later he relieved Smith from command, and sent him after his friend McClellan into retirement, of whom in New York Smith immediately became a very violent igadier and promoted a major-general by the influence of his intimate friend, McClellan, when, as we have seen, he was seeking to be dictator, for some service unexpntry depended,--showing that he could be true to no friend. After his friend McClellan,--the only other one we hear that Smith ever had,--was sent forever to privatln, as was done, and the letter left with him disclosing to him the fact that McClellan had written a protest against the President's Proclamation of Emancipation, a
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 16: capture of fortifications around Richmond, Newmarket Heights, Dutch Gap Canal, elections in New York and gold conspiracy. (search)
aced under command of Fitz John Porter; that there was to be inaugurated in New York a far more widely extended and far better organized riot than the draft riot in July, 1863; that the whole vote of the city of New York was to be deposited for McClellan at the election to be held just one week from that date; that the Republicans were to be driven from the polls; that there were several thousand rebels in New York who were to aid in the movement; and that Brig.-Gen. John A. Green, who was knowwho was a society man in New York, left the box to visit one wherein he saw his aunt, and found therein Mr. August Belmont. Mr. Belmont made a statement publicly in his hearing that he would bet a thousand dollars that the election would go for McClellan, and another thousand that gold would go up to 300 by the morning of election. This being reported to me, I told Captain DeKay to say to Mr. Belmont that those bets would be taken; but Mr. Belmont declined. Friday morning, having a little l
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