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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 3 (search)
the hope that the two armies might fall upon Sherman and crush him before Grant could come to his sistance. Vain hope born of desperation; for Sherman, having reached Goldsboro, his next plan was ton had moved further on. Let us now leave Sherman at Raleigh, and go back to the little force auation, the reported occupation of Raleigh by Sherman, and that, surrounded by the enemy as I was, y charge. He replied that he knew nothing of Sherman's position, but hardly thought he was in Ralemain where I was, and send a flag of truce to Sherman at Raleigh, offering to surrender upon the sapossible, and ascertain, if we could, whether Sherman was there or not. An engine on the track, alruld, try to get to Johnston by passing around Sherman's rear. This change met with wide-spread disNash county, N. C., April 19, 1865. Major-General W. T. Sherman, Commanding U S. Forces, Raleigh, N0th, our flag returned with a letter from General Sherman to General Baker, stating that General Jo[7 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 4 (search)
and the last to come out. Campaign against Sherman. But his campaign against Sherman will furcohesion, and military devotion as Lee's, and Sherman was dragging a lengthening chain of weak and ederal army, including their brilliant chief, Sherman, declaring Johnston to have been a great and tack, with a mere handful of Confederates, on Sherman's army at Bentonville showed what great aggrebattle of Bentonville and the convention with Sherman. But not only did his comprehensive intellhe was nearer his own base of supplies, while Sherman, in the language of a brilliant military crithain of weak and attenuated communication. Sherman, too, was greatly the superior of Grant. SheSherman was a wily adversary, whose well-laid plans were difficult to forecast and hard to defeat. Grot difficult to foresee, nor hard to defeat. Sherman, like a skilled pugilist, evaded every blow o again upon the strong and arrogant column of Sherman. The audacity, the fierceness, and the succe[1 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 5 (search)
neral Bragg, was routed at Missionary Ridge. Sherman's army was that which routed it, reinforced bbout the end of June at forty-five thousand. Sherman's progress was at the rate of a mile and a querman's Army stronger. It was ceriain that Sherman's army was stronger compared with that of Teng it, and previously he urged me not to allow Sherman to detach to Grant's aid. General Bragg passehat he had always maintained in Richmond that Sherman's army was stronger than Grant's. He said noto four. I have not supposed, therefore, that Sherman could either invest Atlanta or carry it by aswhat demoralized, but when the campaign with Sherman opened the worst regiment in it was equal to ed to the Bishop to feel that he was handling Sherman's army during that campaign. He said that thful accessory of war; that every night he and Sherman conversed by it an hour or two about the movecommand I was as happy as if I had reinforced Sherman with a large army corps. Schofield. D[2 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memorial services in Memphis Tenn., March 31, 1891. (search)
my to about sixty thousand. May 14, 1864, General Sherman advanced on General Johnston's position ato concentrate all available forces and drive Sherman back. The available forces were five thousan. Davis agreed that he should make terms with Sherman, and on April 18, 1865, he entered into a miletreat. The policy of Johnston was to compel Sherman to fight him in a strongly fortified positionConfederate losses were very much less. When Sherman flanked the several fortified positions, one es that were frightful. And thus it was that Sherman was compelled to dislodge Johnston (if he wououth, seemed to be fixed in anxious suspense, Sherman had the advantage of superior numbers, as alslly appreciate the sagacity and wisdom of General Sherman's policy in never engaging him in a genersented, such as appeared to be presented when Sherman's army was divided in crossing the Oustenaulaated him. I have also seen it stated that General Sherman esteemed him the greatest soldier of the [31 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Monument to the Confederate dead at Fredericksburg, Virginia, unveiled June 10, 1891. (search)
curred. Never in my most highly-colored dreams did I see a hope of such speedy realization of our aspirations. It is a fact, and a wonderful fact, that the pathos, the sentiment, the romance of the war between the States is concentrated, crystalized about and emanates from the cause of the Confederacy. In the North to-day no name stirs human hearts like that of Lee, no fame electrifies the people like Stonewall, no flag flashes, no sabre glitters like that of Stuart. Neither Grant nor Sherman nor Sheridan, the great and successful soldiers of the victorious side, have left such an impression on the imagination or the hearts of the people as have the leaders of the Confederates, who died in battle or yielded to overwhelming force, where further resistance would have been criminal. Objects of the war. I do not mean to intimate, for I do not believe that the North has changed its opinion as to the wisdom of our course. They thought then and they think now it was foolish to a
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 33 (search)
without a fly is not the most comfortable abode in such weather. Our old fly gave up the ghost in a recent contest with the wind, and I am now occupying a little dry spot near the centre of my tent, while the water is dripping all around me. It does not take long for the strong winds to dry the roads in this section; and I would not be at all surprised if Grant gave us something to do soon. It is reported in camp, but with how much truth I am unable to say, that he is being reinforced by Sherman. Our boys are confident of whipping him when he does come, as they do not consider him a great general, but attribute his success to his superior numbers. They have implicit confidence in Uncle Robert's strategy and his ability to penetrate Grant's designs. I have received orders to commence ditching again and will begin to-morrow by throwing up rifle-pits and artillery works to defend the bridge and sweep the turnpike at Liberty Mills. General Lee has issued his transportation order, wh