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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)
A glance at the map will show these two places, the Point of Rocks near Port Walthall five miles up the Appomattox, and Osborn nineteen miles down the James River from Richmond. The banks of both rivers are, at these points, bluffs some 120 feet hvance on that side, or the enemy looking for danger on that side; and because it was impossible for the fleet to go above Osborn, which is just below Trent's Reach, I drew and sent to Admiral Lee, in obedience to the lieutenant-general's letter, afteof Admiral Lee See Appendix No. 22. that it was considered by him impossible for the navy to go above Trent's Reach or Osborn, on the right of the proposed intrenched lines of Bermuda Hundred, which was the highest point ever reached by the navy u make the movement a surprise, and argued strenuously against an attempt by the joint expedition to go above City Point,--Osborn, the point proposed by me, being almost twenty miles beyond by the river. To divert the enemy's attention, all the whi
the pleasure of interchanging views upon the subject,--it is intended to land at City Point and above, on the south side of the James River, below a point called Osborn, a force of from thirty to thirty-five thousand men, with the necessary supplies, artillery, and trains. To this purpose it is proposed to use the Appomattox as orce there to intrench the same; thence proceeding upwards to seize City Point, and commence landing on both sides of the Appomattox, while the navy take and hold Osborn, as indicated above. The navy will be expected to cover the landings at each of the places indicated, by its guns, and to aid, by a flanking fire, the army in n and where you will honor me with an appointment for that purpose. I desire specially to call your attention to the question whether you can hold the point at Osborn as against the rebel water craft, as that is vital; or whether I shall make provision to aid you by sinking obstructions in the channel, or such other devices as