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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 1: the situation. (search)
he Vaughan Road on the north branch of Rowanty Creek. Meantime Sherman had made his masterly march from the Great River to the Sea, and the astute Confederate General Joe Johnston should come in north of Sherman and interpose his army between Sherman's and ours. This sort of vSherman's and ours. This sort of voltaic pile generated some queer currents of conjecture and apprehension. Disquieting rumors came across the picket lines that Johnston was s we should be caught in the jaws of a leviathan. But we believed Sherman would give Johnston something else to do. We were more troubled byhdraw his main army, pass around our left and join Johnston, knock Sherman out, then turn back and attend to the sick lion of the Army of thewe were much annoyed by rumors coming around from Washington, that Sherman was coming up with his power and prestige to take our business outth of our doubts and apprehension word came that Grant had brought Sherman to a conference at his headquarters, and had invited Sheridan as a
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 2: the overture. (search)
's army, you may return to this army or go on into North Carolina and join General Sherman. . .. General Grant evidently intended to rely more on tactics than strategy in this opening. In his personal letter to General Sherman, of March 22d, giving the details of his plans for Sheridan's movement, he adds: I shall start outnd will take advantage of anything that turns up. The general plan was that Sherman should work his way up to Burkesville, and thus cut off Lee's communications, and force him to come out of his entrenchments and fight on equal terms. Sherman says he and General Grant expected that one of them would have to fight one more bs army and Johnston's combined, if Grant would come up within a day or two. Sherman's Memoirs, vol. II., p. 325. This seems to imply a reflection on the fighting qualities of the Army of the Potomac, as at that time Sherman's army did not exceed in number the Army of the Potomac but by six thousand men. But it must be rememb
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 8: the encampment. (search)
s. To increase the magnitude and also the complications of this gathering, Sherman's army came up on the 20th of May and encamped on the same side of the river bnts of the field in the War for the Union. These troops were not the whole of Sherman's great Army of the West. The part of it which he brought here comprised manyHoward's, now under Logan), composed of the Fifteenth Corps, Hazen commanding (Sherman's old corps), and the Seventeenth Corps under Blair, together with the Army of composed of the Eleventh and Twelfth Corps of the Army of the Potomac sent to Sherman after Gettysburg, with Howard and Slocum. That part of Sherman's old army knoSherman's old army known as the Army of the Ohio, now commanded by Schofield, and made up of the Twenty-third Corps under Cox and the Tenth Corps under Terry,--of Fort Fisher fame,was nof thousands of lights illuminating great fields of white tents of our army and Sherman's far outspread, like the city of a dream. So atmosphered, guest-greetings li
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 9: the last review. (search)
e of its commander outranking all other generals except Grant, although of late often with us, was not incorporated with our army until the twenty-fourth of May, 1864, when Burnside magnanimously waived his rank and with his corps became part and parcel of our army through the terrible campaign of that dark year, and until relieved at Burkeville a few days after the surrender at Appomattox. To these old companions General Meade with generous courtesy gave the post of honor and precedence. Sherman's great army had lately come up, and was encamped on the river bank at no great distance below. A mighty spectacle this: the men from far and wide, who with heroic constancy, through toils and sufferings and sacrifices that never can be told, had broken down the Rebellion, gathered to give their arms and colors and their history to the keeping of a delivered, regenerated nation. For our review the order of march was to be the following: headquarters of the Army of the Potomac; the c
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 10: Sherman's Army. (search)
Chapter 10: Sherman's Army. The day after the review of our Second and Fifth Corps of the Armhe mighty march of these far-marched men. General Sherman has told us he mustered in these armies wn for surrender, could not wonder at it. When Sherman, supposing he was acting in accordance with tht (then at Danville), to pay no attention to Sherman's armistice or orders, but to push forward anadded disrespect; and still more to humiliate Sherman, Stanton gave sanction by his name officiallyad the President sanctioned them, I doubt not Sherman would have resented the act from whomsoever cfellow when unfairly treated. For all General Sherman's compliments on the appearance of our artoo; and what they wanted was to get at these Sherman's Bummers and settle the question in their owty and common good-will; as to the claim that Sherman's army did all the fighting, we rested on the official figures, which showed the losses of Sherman's army from Chattanooga to Atlanta, 31,687 me[16 more...]
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 11: the disbandment. (search)
negligence of the better social instincts, and thus tends to narrow and harden the better sensibilities. Hence the great care that should be taken that our young men who sacrifice so much for the country's well-being shall suffer no detriment to their manly worth. Such care was manifest in the army life within our knowledge,--both in our army and Lee's, and presumably in others. Then as to the reactionary effect of warfare on the participants,--in the first place we cannot accept General Sherman's synonym as a complete connotation or definition of war. Fighting and destruction are terrible; but are sometimes agencies of heavenly rather than hellish powers. In the privations and sufferings endured as well as in the strenuous action of battle, some of the highest qualities of manhood are called forth,--courage, self-command, sacrifice of self for the sake of something held higher,--wherein we take it chivalry finds its value; and on another side fortitude, patience, warmth of c