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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 1: Introductory. (search)
egotistical, unreliable, and cruelly unjust to nearly all his distinguished associates. Our erratic General thrusts his pen recklessly through reputations which are as dear to 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 themselves familiar by study with his campaigns. The reader turns naturally for explanations of the surprise and attending disgrace at Shiloh; the ill-judged and fatal assault at Chickasaw Bayou; the protest against the move by which Vicksburg was captured; his failure to carry the point assigned him at the battle of Chattanooga;
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 2: (search)
owledgment. While the General of the army should have felt himself, by virtue of his position and opportunities for obtaining exact information, under strong obligations to correctly present all matters of which he wrote, he was thus peculiarly bound to treat General Buell with common fairness. But in the above extract he wholly ignores the fact that after he left Kentucky, General Buell had organized and made efficient the Army of the Ohio, which, from that time forward, under Buell, Rosecrans, and Thomas, held high rank among the armies of the Union. A portion of it under General Buell's directions and the immediate command of General Thomas, had broken the Confederate right at Mill Springs, killed the commander of its army, captured its fortified camp, with all its artillery, several thousand stand of small arms, transportation, and stores, and there achieved a victory which at the time was regarded by the nation as a most important one. It was the Western Bull Run for the C
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 4: (search)
ted. Hostile criticism of Generals Buell, Rosecrans, and Thomas, the successive commanders of thof the salient features of the Memoirs. General Rosecrans particularly distinguished himself in that he should not make a serious attack until Rosecrans had gained his position on the south; but, aor-General Halleck, General-in-Chief. General Rosecrans, with Stanley and Hamilton's divisions on be construed into dissatisfaction with General Rosecrans' movements, is where he says, speaking o by Brigadier-General (now Major-General) W. S. Rosecrans; the one to the left, commanded by Major-him, and never became fully reconciled. General Rosecrans was soon after relieved, and transferredreached Corinth with his command yesterday. Rosecrans pursued the retreating enemy this morning, a a return of your troops? Why not reenforce Rosecrans, and pursue the enemy into Mississippi, supp, Major-General. Another report of General Rosecrans shows that General McPherson with his fr[35 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 5: (search)
My plan was by a prompt and concentrated movement to break the center, near Chickasaw Creek, at the head of a bayou of the same name; and once in position to turn to the right (Vicksburg), or left (Drumgould's Bluff), according to information then obtained. I supposed their organized forces to amount to about fifteen thousand, which could be reenforced at the rate of about four thousand a day, provided General Grant did not occupy all the attention of Pemberton's forces at Grenada, or Rosecrans those of Bragg in Tennessee. Not one word could I hear from General Grant, who was supposed to be pushing south, or of General Banks, supposed to be ascending the Mississippi. Time being every thing to us, I determined to assault the hills in front of Morgan on the morning of the 29th; Morgan's division to carry the position of the hills, Steele's division to support him and hold the county road. I had placed General A. J. Smith in command of his own division (First) and that of M. L.
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 6: (search)
Black, the Army of the Cumberland, under General Rosecrans, was moving against Bragg at Chattanoogarmy at Lafayette, and at Chickamauga fell on Rosecrans, defeated him and drove him into Chattanooga Chattanooga. Bragg had completely driven Rosecrans' army into Chattanooga. The latter was in ae record, may properly be considered: General Rosecrans, with his magnificent army, had, by his to turn the Union left and interpose between Rosecrans and Chattanooga. The rebels did not follomoirs. There was another thing of which General Rosecrans was confident, and which a just or accurith all possible dispatch, so as to help General Rosecrans. September 18th.—* * * * A part, at loro, * * * * when the urgent dispatches from Rosecrans and yourself caused me to send back Brigadiesons why troops should be sent to assist General Rosecrans' right wing with all possible dispatch. ga with all possible speed. All this time Rosecrans' army had been suffering for supplies—a suff[87 more...]<
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 11: (search)
sand men. General A. J. Smith at that time was in Missouri with the two divisions of the Sixteenth Corps which had been diverted to that quarter to assist General Rosecrans in driving the rebel General Price out of Missouri. This object had been accomplished, and these troops, numbering from eight to ten thousand, had been orde possible, and prepare to receive orders for the taking of Mobile. If Shreveport is carried, about eight thousand (8,000) troops can be spared from Steele and Rosecrans to join Banks, and, if necessary, to insure success against Mobile, they can be taken from Sherman. * * * * U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. The letter tn advance from Murfreesboro to Mobile, through Atlanta. It involved the immediate abandonment of Grant's move against Vicksburg, and the transfer of his army to Rosecrans' front, an advance by Burnside through Cumberland Gap, the occupation of Chattanooga with a permanent garrison of sixty thousand men, and a movement thence on At
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 13: (search)
Athens and Pulaski, Stanley's corps, about fifteen thousand strong, and Schofield's corps, ten thousand, en route by rail, and has at least twenty to twenty-five thousand men, with new regiments and conscripts arriving all the time, also. General Rosecrans promises the two divisions of Smith and Mower, belonging to me, but I doubt if they can reach Tennessee in less than ten days. * * * * I have retained about fifty thousand good troops and have sent back full twenty-five thousand, and have iing the necessary horses for a remount. All these aggregated about forty-five thousand men. General A. J. Smith at that time was in Missouri with the two divisions of the Sixteenth Corps which had been diverted to that quarter to assist General Rosecrans in driving the rebel General Price out of Missouri. This object had been accomplished, and these troops, numbering from eight to ten thousand, had been ordered to Nashville. To these I proposed at first to add only the Fourth Corps (Gener
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 14: (search)
r Department, Washington, December 7, 1864, 10:20 A. M. Lieutenant-General Grant. You remember that when Steele was relieved by Canby he was ordered to Cairo to report to this department. What shall be done with him? The order superseding Rosecrans by Dodge has been issued. Thomas seems unwilling to attack because it is hazardous, as if all war was any but hazardous. If he waits for Wilson to get ready, Gabriel will be blowing his last horn. Edwin M. Stanton. City Point, Va., Decl Grant expresses much dissatisfaction at your delay in attacking the enemy. If you wait till General Wilson mounts all his cavalry you will wait till doomsday, for the waste equals the supply. Moreover, you will be in the same condition that Rosecrans was last year—with so many animals that you can not feed them. Reports already come in of a scarcity of forage. H. W. Halleck, Major-General and Chief of staff. Nashville, December 9, 1864, 2 P. M. Major-General H. W. Halleck, Washingto
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 20: (search)
by Buell and his army, the records set that service in clear light. While he intimates that Rosecrans acted discreditably at Iuka and Corinth, and that Grant was deeply offended over some failure or blunder not clearly defined, the reports of the latter are found to commend Rosecrans strongly for these brilliant battles. Where he now visits severe censure, in connection with his failure at Cmed these officers that in certain contingencies Sherman was to push for Mobile. He describes Rosecrans' flanking movement to capture Chattanooga as a march from that city to attack the enemy; and ts in Chattanooga, following the battle of Chickamauga, and seeks to create the impression that Rosecrans alone was in fault, when the records show that Burnside failed him on one flank and Sherman on set for his arrival at Chattanooga, exhibiting no special activity in his advance until after Rosecrans was removed, when suddenly, under Grant's request to come on, the energy of his movement surpa