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Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1 461 1 Browse Search
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sturbed the railway track at all, and as we had captured a hand-car at Cowan, I thought I would have it brought up to the station near the University to carry me down the mountain to my camp, and, desiring company, I persuasively invited Colonel Frank T. Sherman to ride with me. I sent for the car by a courier, and for a long time patiently awaited its arrival, in fact, until all the returning troops had passed us, but still it did not come. Thinking it somewhat risky to remain at the station without protection, Sherman and myself started our horses to Cowan by our orderlies, and set out on foot to meet the car, trudging along down the track in momentary expectation of falling in with our private conveyance. We had not gone very far before night overtook us, and we then began to realize the dangers surrounding us, for there we were alone and helpless, tramping on in the darkness over an unknown railroad track in the enemy's country, liable on the one hand to go tumbling through some
th Mr. Lincoln and General Grant meeting General Sherman opposed to joining the Army of the Tennebelieved it foreshadowed my junction with General Sherman. Rawlins thought so too, as his vigorousct that my cavalry was not to ultimately join Sherman was a great relief to me, and after expressinhours. I should like to have you come down. Sherman's coming was a surprise-at least to me it was knowing the zeal and emphasis with which General Sherman would present his views, there again cameeltered the general-in-chief, I found him and Sherman still up talking over the problem whose solue next morning, while I was still in bed, General Sherman came to me and renewed the subject of my I had been assured that I was not to join General Sherman, it will be seen that the supplemental diions relative to the railroads and to joining Sherman; so early on the 29th I moved my cavalry out ederick C. Newhall, Adjutant-General. Colonel Frank T. Sherman, Inspector-General. Captain Andrew J.[6 more...]
nforced by the Fifth Corps battle of Five Forks turning the Confederate left an unqualified success relieving General Warren the Warren Court of inquiry General Sherman's opinion. The night of March 30 Merritt, with Devin's division and Davies's brigade, was camped on the Five Forks road about two miles in front of Dinwidde the assault at the return failed, he ran great risk of capture. Warren could not be found, so I then sent for Griffin-first by Colonel Newhall, and then by Colonel Sherman--to come to the aid of Ayres, who was now contending alone with that part of the enemy's infantry at the return. By this time Griffin had observed and apprecconditions existing to retain him longer. That I was justified in this is plain to all who are disposed to be fair-minded, so with the following extract from General Sherman's review of the proceedings of the Warren Court, and with which I am convinced the judgment of history will accord, I leave the subject: It would be an
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 4: cadet at the United States Military Academy (search)
memorize in the limited time given to preparation for the next day's recitation was a mystery to me. However, I could give the meaning in my own terms and obtained fairly good marks. I enjoyed the study of international law and never forgot the principles which were then learned. Even without books, when in the field, I could have decided most questions that arose involving our relations with other nations, as at Atlanta and Savannah; but I do not think that any of us could have equaled Sherman in his thorough mastery of that study. He never forgot what he once learned. Those of our class who were able to systematize and seize upon the principles of any study were in the end able to retain the knowledge. The recitations at first of those who memorized were seemingly the best, but on the final examinations, after a month or more had elapsed, those who memorized were not so proficient. Many officers fail with large commands, and the reason is traceable to their encumbering the
pt on, guiding itself by the Sudley and Manassas wagon road down the gentle slopes toward the valley of Young's Branch. Evans, the quick-witted Confederate commander with that demibrigade at the Stone Bridge, began to suspect that Schenck and Sherman, the advance of Tyler, notwithstanding their bustle and noise, were not earnest in their threatened assault; for they rattled away with their musketry, but did no more. Evans first sent a regiment up the Bull Run toward Burnside and then very gress voted 500,000 more men to help us, and McClellan, conspicuous, with the reputation of successful generalship in West Virginia, was speedily called to the command of the departments of Washington and of Northeastern Virginia. I heard General Sherman once say when he had listened to a severe criticism of Patterson, McDowell, and other early leaders, that we must not be too critical and hard upon them, for we were green in those days and we all have to learn by experience. We were then t
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 26: transferred to the West; battle of Wauhatchie (search)
ut my poor friends at headquarters were obliged, as Major Howard wrote, to go a-begging for their food, because the headquarters-mess furniture had all been kept back at Nashville in consequence of the brilliant conduct of the inhospitable raiders. General Slocum, too, was still at Nashville, and his command stopped en route and repaired the breakages along the railway. By these recitals one may form some idea of the anxieties of the commanders in those times. Was it wonderful that General Sherman estimated that 200,--000 men would not be too many to hold this long line in safety and still enable us to go forward and conquer the hostile army which was beyond? I saw General Hooker after he had received his instructions from Grant to cross over the Tennessee at Bridgeport and march to form a junction with General Hazen, who was the officer selected by General Thomas to come out from Chattanooga, seize the foot of Lookout Valley, lay a pontoon bridge over the Tennessee, and defen
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 27: Chattanooga and the battle of Missionary Ridge (search)
pancy. To effect his purpose Grant ordered Sherman to come to us from the vicinity of the Missishair, and said: Take the chair of honor, Sherman. Oh, no, the latter rejoined; that belongt, Sherman, to give proper respect to age. Sherman instantly took the proffered chair and laughiome pontoon boats, carrying over 3,000 of General Sherman's men, had issued from the North Chickamaen sent to form a junction and cooperate with Sherman. We had started early, too; had crept quietl sealed by an unreserved grasp of the hands. Sherman, in his usual pointed, offhand style, explainwas ordered by General Grant to go quickly to Sherman. Colonel Meysenberg, my adjutant general, weht of the Confederates was soon evident along Sherman's lines, for the lively cannon firing had cea the new. I record that on March 28, 1864, Sherman again arrived at Chattanooga and went on the ces soon to come. Not very long after this Sherman set us in motion against Johnston, and Grant [57 more...]
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 28: Atlanta campaign; battle of Dalton; Resaca begun (search)
the Cumberland, the Tennessee, and the Ohio, Sherman was fortunate in his lieutenants. He writes:artillerymen were about the same in number as Sherman's, probably Johnston's artillery, in its guns, numbered not less than Sherman's. The Army of the Cumberland delayed in the vicinity of Catoos and communication. Thomas had early advised Sherman that, in his judgment, McPherson and Schofiel the withdrawal of Schofield from Red Clay by Sherman, and the replacement of his skirmishers by ca succeed in forming substantial junction with Sherman, who, in person, having hastened on the day bsaca Joseph E. Johnston says: The two armies (Sherman and his own) were formed in front of Resaca n admitted by Hood to have been about 75,000. Sherman's force was at first, as we have seen, 98,797anced. The 14th, then, was mainly spent by Sherman in placing McPherson on our right, near the Ostrations were made by McPherson to carry out Sherman's wishes. The importance of McPherson's ca[8 more...]
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 29: battle of Resaca and the Oostanaula (search)
egged for immediate reinforcement. Thomas (Sherman being present) directed Hooker at once to senad been by the ridge. By instructions from Sherman, McPherson had early sent a division of the Sandoned trenches at dawn of May 16th, reached Sherman, he instantly ordered pursuit. One division y fire. It was a little later than this when Sherman came riding up with his staff and escort and,sk and rapid firing just as I was approaching Sherman, Newton and his staff with me. Our group, so taking the map and following the movement of Sherman's left column. This column was Schofield's, reenforced by Hooker's corps. Sherman had sent Hooker to follow Schofield over the ferries that ra, we notice, from Tunnel Hill to Adairsville, Sherman, in less than ten days, had experienced pretttinued to stand on the defensive; while under Sherman our more numerous men were pressing against hhis place we proceeded to Kingston, where General Sherman had already established his headquarters,[2 more...]
war. Johnston had fully determined to give Sherman battle at Cassville. To this end he had seled with the like glories. McPherson, under Sherman's orders, had also turned to the left toward rsville, Georgia (May 22, 1864), was Sunday. Sherman had his headquarters, for railway convenienceal Corse was at the time his chief of staff. Sherman and he occupied a small cottage on the south y and he was ringing the bell for service. Sherman answered: Sunday, Sunday l Didn't know it was had destroyed had been constructed as far as Sherman's headquarters at Kingston, and not only supehended just what our Sherman was planning as Sherman sat by the window at Kingston, drumming with gon train carelessly left behind, the last of Sherman's supply. The important fact was that Wheenergetically he made his dispositions to meet Sherman's new moves. In fact, on the 23d, before Whee's march the day following. By the 25th, Sherman's army, still in motion, was pushed southward[19 more...]
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