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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 8: the siege and capture of Fort Donelson. (search)
interposition of the Third Division, the plans of the Confederates were frustrated. I speak advisedly, wrote Captain W. S. Hillyer (Grant's Aidde-camp) to General Wallace the next day, on a slip of paper with pencil, God bless you! You did save the day on the right! Poor Pillow, with his usual shallowness, had sent an aid, when McClernand's line gave way, to telegraph to Johnston, that on the honor of a soldier the day was theirs ; On the strength of this, Johnston sent a dispatch to Richmond, announcing a great victory, and on Monday the Richmond Enquirer said: This splendid feat of arms and glorious victory to our cause will send a thrill of joy over the whole Confederacy. and he foolishly persisisted in saying, in his first report, a few days afterward, that the Confederates had accomplished their object, when it was known to all that they had utterly failed. It was at about noon when the Confederates were driven back to their trenches. General Grant seemed doubtful of
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
ricksburg to join him, and he had as usual sent back a complaining remonstrance, and charges of a withholding of troops from him. Nevertheless he issued that order of great promise. May 25. He had said to the Secretary of War, ten days before, I will fight the enemy, whatever their force may be, with whatever force we may have; and the Secretary could see no reasons for a change now in the General's resolution, for, so long as the Confederate force that kept McDowell back was withheld from Richmond, McClellan was comparatively as strong in power to fight his enemy as if McDowell was with him, and Jackson and Ewell were confronting that soldier on the Chickahominy instead of on the Shenandoah or Rappahannock. The fact that McDowell could not then re-enforce him, imposed upon McClellan the obvious duty of acting with uncommon vigor before his enemy could be strengthened, for his was an offensive and not a defensive movement. But McClellan seems not to have acted with the vigor that
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 20: events West of the Mississippi and in Middle Tennessee. (search)
rsonal examination of the ground in the rear, as far as Overall's Creek, and had resolved to await the attack of his foe, while his provision train and a supply of ammunition should be brought up. On the arrival of these, should the Confederates not attack, the Nationals were to commence offensive operations. and the Army of the Cumberland rested that night in full expectation of renewing the struggle the next morning. Bragg was confident of final victory. He sent a jubilant dispatch to Richmond, saying that, after ten hours hard fighting, he had driven his foe from every position excepting his extreme left (held by Hazen), maintained the field, and had as trophies four thousand prisoners, two brigadier-generals, thirty-one pieces of artillery, and two hundred wagons and teams. He expected Rosecrans would attempt to fly toward Nashville during the night, and was greatly astonished in the morning to find his opponent's army not only present, but in battle order. He began to doubt