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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)
ay West Point, at the head of York River, was seized, preparations were made for building wharves and landings, and fortifications were begun, as if with the intention of making this the base of operations for a junction with Grant's army. General Meigs, quartermaster-general, was of opinion that it would be nearly, if not quite impossible to gather sufficient transportation to move at one time thirty thousand men more than a hundred and thirty miles, or move with their artillery and supplie tried to move the Army of the Potomac from Washington to Fortress Monroe, scarcely twenty-five thousand men were able to be got afloat at one time, after months of preparations known to the whole country. But, notwithstanding his opinion, General Meigs most earnestly and zealously aided our enterprise, and allowed me to procure in my own way all the transportation I deemed necessary to move the army and its supplies. But it was impossible to obtain sufficient transportation to take with us
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)
e their efforts weakened, and after a while ceased, and they withdrew and left us to go on diligently putting our line of defences in perfect order. On the 19th of May, Beauregard had twenty-five thousand men, not reckoning those in Petersburg or Richmond. See Appendix No. 58. On the morning of the 21st he attacked our lines and we held them against him. See Appendix No. 59. At that time I had not more than twenty thousand effective men at Bermuda Hundred. In the meantime General Meigs and General Barnard had been sent down by Halleck to inspect my department to ascertain how Headquarters of General Grant at City Point, Va. From a photograph. many men could be sent to the aid of Grant. Owing to the disputes between Gillmore and Smith as to the line of fortification, it was in no condition to be safely held by fifteen thousand men. The rebel troops being driven away, Beauregard came to the conclusion to make no further attack upon my lines. About nine thousand
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
nt, were unwilling to be commanded by me. That was a fact that he had always known from the beginning of the campaign, and yet the command of all the troops in Virginia had been devolved upon me by Grant three times as the senior major-general in the army. He adds another reason which is, that the administration of the affairs of my department was objectionable. That is answered by the fact that he had never hinted to me any cause of dissatisfaction, and in June Halleck had sent down General Meigs, quartermaster-general of all the armies, and General Barnard, chief engineer of the Army of the Potomac, to examine into my acts in the command of the Army of the James, and into my administration of the affairs of my department, and they had reported to Halleck that I had shown rare and great ability in the administrative duties of the department. On the 11th of January, being then at Fortress Monroe, I telegraphed to General Grant as follows:-- I have asked the President's permi
vable column. All is submitted to your judgment. Benj. F. Butler, Major-General Commanding. [Cipher.] By Telegraph from Washington, May 8, 4.30. Major-General Butler: Your despatch of the 7th has just reached me. We have, as yet, no official reports from Grant. Nothing is known of his condition except from newspaper reports, which represent two days hard fighting on Thursday and Friday; from six to eight thousand wounded are sent back, and Ingalls telegraphs yesterday at noon to General Meigs that It is said the enemy are retiring. In respect to the reserves mentioned in your telegram, there are none now at the disposal of the department. General Grant has with him all the troops, and you will have to depend only upon such as may have been provided in your programme with him. Your despatch will be forwarded to him, to apprise him of your condition and for his instructions. Your success thus far is extremely gratifying to the President and this department, and we hope your
939. McDOWELL, General, inexperience previous to Bull Run, 290; inexperience of, 571; reference to, 863. McMILLAN, Colonel, 461; regarded as an able commander, 531. McPHEETUS, Colonel, 496. Meade, General, reference to, 621, 683, 700; letter from Grant to, 636; despatch from, describing attack on Petersburg, 705; reference to, 715-738; order from Grant, 827; orders not obeyed at Petersburg, 831; ordered to Burksville, 876; mentioned for major-general, 878; reference to, 901. Meigs, General, aids Butler, 639; reference to, 666; examines Butler's administration of affairs, 832. Mejan, Count, French consul, treasonable action of, 391; complaints of, 430; protest of, 471; further protest of, 473-474; Butler's reply to, 474-475; conceals Confederate gold in his consulate, 524; is recalled by the French Government, 525. Memminger, Jacob, Confederate secretary of treasury, 391. Mercer, Dr., William, pleads for Mumford's life, 442-443. Methodist Church divided by slave