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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 1: Introductory. (search)
, telegrams, and reports, written either before, at the time, or immediately after the occurrence of the events ordered, in progress, or accomplished, photographed the truth, and in these the living and the dead find just defense. Here Thomas, McPherson, Stanton, and their companions, speak for themselves, and vindicate themselves from unjust aspersions. Here, in short, truth is made manifest, and exact justice done. The position which General Sherman occupies now, and that which he held d the country as his own. He detracts from what right fully belongs to Grant; misrepresents and belittles Thomas; withholds justice from Buell, repeatedly loads failures for which he was responsible, now upon Thomas, now upon Schofield, now upon McPherson, and again upon the three jointly; is unjust in the extreme to Rosecrans; sneers at Logan and Blair; insults Hooker, and slanders Stanton. The salient points of the long story are readily found by those who either followed, or made themselve
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 3: (search)
tications, and paid no attention to him, especially when we were positively informed by men like Buckland, Kilby Smith, and Major Ricker, who went to the front to look for enemies, instead of going to the landing; and here I will state that Pittsburgh Landing was not chosen by General Grant, but by Major-General Smith. I received orders from General Smith, and took post accordingly; so did General Hurlbut; so did his own division. The lines of McClernand and Prentiss were selected by Colonel McPherson. I will not insult General Smith's memory by criticizing his selection of a field. It was not looked to so much for defense as for ground on which our army could be organized for offense. We did not occupy too much ground. General Buell's forces had been expected rightfully for two weeks, and a place was left for his forces, although General Grant afterward had determined to send Buell to Hamburgh as a separate command. But even as we were on the 6th of April, you might search t
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 4: (search)
d wounded in our hands. * * * * Meantime, General Grant at Jackson, had dispatched Brigadier-General McPherson with a brigade directly for Corinth, which reached General Rosecrans-after the battle Hackleman fell while gallantly leading his brigade. General Oglesby is dangerously wounded. McPherson reached Corinth with his command yesterday. Rosecrans pursued the retreating enemy this morniowing sharply. W. S. Rosecrans. Under previous instructions, Hurlbut is also following. McPherson is in the lead of Rosecrans' column. Rebel General Martin said to be killed. U. S. Grant, Mgiments) to reenforce Corinth and Bolivar, as before stated; four of these were sent under General McPherson to the former place and formed the advance in the pursuit. Two were sent to Bolivar, and * * W. S. Rosecrans, Major-General. Another report of General Rosecrans shows that General McPherson with his fresh troops, reached him just before sunset after the battle, and together with
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 6: (search)
n person, where General Grant showed me the alarming dispatches from General Halleck, which had been sent from Memphis by General Hurlbut, and said, on further thought, that he would send me and my whole corps. But, inasmuch as one division of McPherson's corps (John E. Smith's) had already started, he instructed me to leave one of my divisions on the Big Black, and to get the other two ready to follow at once. I designated the Second, then commanded by Brigadier-General Giles A. Smith, and tour department be sent to General Rosecrans' assistance. He wishes them sent by Tuscumbia, Decatur, and Athens. As this requires the opening and running of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad east of Corinth, an able commander like Sherman or McPherson should be selected. H. W. Halleck, Major-General. On the 29th of September Hooker reported the head of his column passing from Cincinnati to Louisville, and on the 2d of October he telegraphed Mr. Stanton from Nashville: The last of the
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 7: (search)
e ordered, February 1st, he did not leave Memphis till the 11th, waiting for some regiment that was ice bound near Columbus, Kentucky; and then, when he did start, he allowed General Forrest to head him off and to defeat him with an inferior force near West Point, below Okalona, on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. We waited at Meridian till the 20th to hear from General Smith, but hearing nothing whatever, and having utterly destroyed the railroads in andaround that junction, I ordered General McPherson to move back slowly toward Canton. With Winslow's cavalry and Hurlbut's infantry I turned north to Marion, and thence to a place called Union, whence I dispatched the cavalry farther north to Philadelphia and Louisville, to feel as it were for General Smith, and then turned all the infantry columns toward Canton, Mississippi. On the 26th we all reached Canton, but we had not heard a word of General Smith, nor was it until sometime after (at Vicksburg) that I learned the whole truth
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 8: (search)
General Sherman to cast imputations upon General McPherson, the commander of the Army of the TennesSchofield with over thirteen thousand, while McPherson with twenty-four thousand was sent to Johnstin a single life, but at the critical moment McPherson seems to have been a little timid. Still, hto General McPherson. After the slur upon McPherson's courage, the book relates that on the 11thosed to General Sherman that if he would use McPherson and Schofield's armies to demonstrate on thel commanding. May 5th, he notified General McPherson of the move which Thomas and Schofield w railroad and common road pass. By to-night McPherson will be in Snake Creek Gap threatening Resacting all day against rocks and defiles. General McPherson was at 2 P. M. within two miles of Resacstrongest fronts, viz.: west and north, till McPherson breaks his line at Resaca, when I will swingbut to-day I will be more easy, as I believe McPherson has destroyed Resaca, when he is ordered to [20 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 9: (search)
ve thousand strong, and he had Schofield and McPherson, with over thirty-five thousand, to operate advantage. I had consulted Generals Thomas, McPherson, and Schofield, and we all agreed that we cowith determined courage and in great force. McPherson's attacking column fought up the face of the and there covered themselves with parapet. McPherson lost about five hundred men and several valun the Sandtown road straight for Atlanta. McPherson drew out his lines during the night of July fore explained, on the 3d of July, by moving McPherson's entire army from the extreme left, at the Sherman to Thomas, June 27, 1:30 P. M.: McPherson and Schofield are at a dead-lock? Do you thashing officers; as Harker and Dan. McCook. McPherson lost two or three of his young and dashing oned chiefly to hold the enemy there till Generals McPherson and Schofield could get well into positidirect assault. General Sherman ordered General McPherson to attack these lines, and he in turn, f[7 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 10: (search)
e Army of the Ohio, occupied the center, and McPherson's Army of the Tennessee held the left. Itt prudent conduct of General Joe. Johnston. McPherson was in excellent spirits, well pleased at thse sounds meant. * * * * (Soon after)—one of McPherson's staff, with his horse covered with sweat, ashed up to the porch, and reported that General McPherson was either killed or a prisoner. He exp. The sound of musketry was there heard and McPherson's horse came back, bleeding, wounded, and ri brigades of the Fifteenth Corps, ordered by McPherson, came rapidly across the open field to the ral Halleck, General Sherman telegraphed: McPherson's sudden death, and Logan succeeding to the o fight. The last order recorded in General McPherson's field letter book, in the morning of Schofield, and ordered pursuit by Thomas and McPherson. Vigorous pursuit was made, and the enemy fin the above narrative, of the early note to McPherson not to extend so far to the left, certainly [10 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 11: (search)
le as starting points to be all under one command, from the fact that the time it will take to communicate from one to the other will be so great But, Sherman or McPherson, one of whom would be entrusted with the distant command, are officers of such experience and reliability, that all objections on that score, except that of enab of the method in which I propose to act. I have seen all my army, corps, and division commanders, and signified only to the former, viz.: Schofield, Thomas, and McPherson, our general plans, which I inferred from the purport of our conversations here and at Cincinnati. * * * * Should Johnston fall behind Chattahoochee, I would that very ground. As ever, your friend and servant, W. T. Sherman, Major-General. Under date of Nashville, April 16th, 1864, General Sherman wrote General McPherson as follows: I take it for granted that, unless Banks gets out of Red River and attacks Mobile (which is a material part of General Grant's plan), we will
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 15: (search)
Chapter 15: The captured cotton at Savannah character of the attack on Secretary Stanton the Jeff. Davis gold. Attacks upon dead men may fairly be called one of the features of General Sherman's Memoirs. Thomas, McPherson, and Stanton, with others less prominent, are in turn rudely and unjustly assailed in their graves. In writing history it would have been not only allowable for an honorable author to set down exact truth in regard to these noted actors in the war, even though it were unpalatable to their friends, but his bounden duty to do so. But when an author of General Sherman's position writes of his famous associates, having close at hand and conveniently arranged for reference all means of ascertaining the exact facts about every question which could arise, he stands without excuse before his countrymen if he wrongfully writes disgrace over graves where he should strew laurel. On page 243, Vol. II, of his Memoirs, General Sherman relates that he was i
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