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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 20: from Spottsylvania to Cold Harbor (search)
ors would have retired and given it up long ago. Was he about to do so? The fact is, Grant was waiting for reinforcements. He had been heavily reinforced at Spottsylvania after the 12th of May, but not up to the measure of his desires, or of his needs, either; for he really needed more men-and more, and more. He needed them, he asked for them, and he got them. He had a right to all he wanted. His original contract so provided; it covered all necessary drafts. He wanted especially Baldy Smith and his men from the transports, and they were coming. They were stretching out hands to each other. When they clasped hands, then Grant would attack once more; would make his great final effort. When and where would it be? When Grant slid away from Lee at Atlee's, we felt satisfied that he was, as usual, making for the south and east, so Hoke was ordered toward Cold Harbor, and Kershaw (now our division general, McLaws never having returned from the West) toward Beulah Church. Col
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), IV. Cold Harbor (search)
in great fear of Rebel sharpshooters! Baldy Smith arrived, by steamer, at Whitehouse, from Bermuulsing the enemy till Wright could arrive. Baldy Smith too was marching from Whitehouse and came us right. . . . There was a desperate charge on Smith and Wright at Cool Arbor and the sound of musk and were driven back just the same way. . . . Smith had orders to report to General Meade and so bwere here, and here, too, I first beheld Baldy Smith, a short, quite portly man, with a light-brownion; he sent only part of his forces, under Baldy Smith, who had reinforced Butler, which captured during the day), and there form on his left. Smith, meantime, had hit the enemy, some three or foant and his Staff coming back. Well, he said; Smith has taken a line of works there, stronger thanters where I please. I please here. Off goes Smith to Washington, mysteriously. Down pounces Butust at dark, and from an elevated position, as Smith would say, watched the flashes of the sharpsho[11 more...]
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), V. Manoeuvres about Petersburg (search)
V. Manoeuvres about Petersburg [ if we only could have been a little quicker and more driving, we might have had Petersburg at a mouthful, wrote Lyman some days after the Army of the Potomac had crossed the James. The strategy of Grant had deceived Lee, who failed to divine the movement, and did nothing therefore to impede it. Rhodes, IV, 488. Butler, in command of the Army of the James, was encamped at Bermuda Hundred. Grant ordered him to advance and capture Petersburg. But Butler did not rise to the occasion; he sent only part of his forces, under Baldy Smith, who had reinforced Butler, which captured some strong outer fortifications but which did not advance on the city, although it was feebly garrisoned. When Grant and Meade arrived, the town had been reinforced. The attacks of June 16, 17, and 18 were repulsed with great loss to the Union forces. No new assaults were ordered, and the investment of Petersburg began.]
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 7 (search)
l. I have arranged it all with the steward; we shall sit together, said this foxy one. Long before the hour, they all went down and stood against the door, like the queue at a French theatre. One of them came up, a little after, wiping his mouth; and asked me with surprising suddenness, if I was on the side of the Lord. They were mostly Methodists, and of course very pious. One of the soldiers on the lower deck, suddenly cried out: Oh, H----! upon which a Christian Commissioner said: Mr. Smith, did you think to bring a bundle of the tracts on swearing? I told him I hoped he had brought a good many, and of several kinds, as there was a wide field in the army. All of which reminds me of an anecdote. A group of these gentlemen, going on foot and with their carpet-bags towards the front, were addressed by a veteran with Hullo! Got any lemons to sell? No, my friend, we belong to the army of the Lord. Veteran, with deep scorn: Oh, ye — es; stragglers! Stragglers! I respect the
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 9 (search)
Mrs. H--, and the Noble Patron, Mr. H--. These two seemed to take us all under their protection, and, so to speak, to run the machine. Mrs. was plump, fair, and getting towards forty. Mr. was of suitable age, stout, looked as if fond of good dinners, and apparently very tender on Mrs., for he continually smiled sweetly at her. Also he is a large legal gun and part proprietor of the Philadelphia Enquirer. Then there was a pale, no-account couple, Dr. and Mrs. G--. The Doctor's sister was Mrs. Smith, to whom Rosie attached himself with devotion that threatened the tranquillity of the absent S. All these, and more, were carted over to the Headquarters, where the General bowed them into his tent and cried out very actively: Now Lyman, where are all my young men? I want all of them. So I hunted all that were not already on hand, and they were introduced and were expected to make themselves as agreeable as possible. Without delay we were again en voyage (I, being sharp, got on a horse,
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), Index (search)
, 148. Buford, John, 15, 40, 50; described, 21; advice to a volunteer aide, 35. Bullets, explosive, 102. Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 87, 91, 93, 94, 96, 97, 106, 108, 110, 114, 128, 134, 140, 211; at church, 120; corps incorporated, 127; at Smith's, 149; at Petersburg, 164, 167, 168, 197; mine, 199, 200, 310. Bushwhacking, 295. Butler, Benjamin Franklin, 118; orders demonstration, 68; Petersburg and, 160; described, 192; Smith and, 192; visit to, 193, 204, 279; sharpshooters and, 20Smith and, 192; visit to, 193, 204, 279; sharpshooters and, 205; Dutch Gap canal, 213, 282; stampeded, 237; cabinet rumor, 266; devices, 284. Cabot, Louis, 353. Cadwalader, Charles E., 69, 130, 210. Cadwalader, S., 359. Calling the hours, 276. Cameron, Simon, 317. Cannon, management of, 202; wooden, 242. Carr, Joseph Bradford, 67, 180. Carroll, Samuel Sprigg, 92, 139. Casey, Silas, 262. Castle-Cuffe, Viscount, see O'Connor. Cattle, stampede of, 275. Cavada, Adolph, 65, 210. Cavalry, southern, 125; boastfulness, 346. Chambliss, J
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 15: operations of the Army of the James around Richmond and Petersburg. (search)
burg, and that Butler had laid this report before Baldy Smith and Hancock, and had urged them to make the assauhe Army of Northern Virginia came up; but that they, Smith and Hancock, had hesitated and dawdled the night awaere ineffectual to that end. Having exhibited General Smith's entire untruthfulness in his statements that I that would prevent the President's re-election. Smith did not know that I had been offered by the Presidenion was held on the 29th of the following August. Smith also says:-- Since I have been in New York I haveexamine a moment to see what kind of a creature this Smith is. Appointed a brigadier and promoted a major-gener 1864. Grant, in September, 1863, again recommended Smith's promotion to the President, but his name was not sim in command of a corps under myself, and sustained Smith in all his insubordinations, taking him with his corf more than twenty-thousand men to Cold Harbor where Smith lost nearly a quarter of the troops, for which he cr
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 15 (search)
ee River at Brown's Ferry, by which supplies were hauled into Chattanooga from Kelly's and Wauhatchee. Another bridge was in course of construction at Chattanooga, under the immediate direction of Quartermaster-General Meigs, but at the time all wagons, etc., had to be ferried across by a flying-bridge. Men were busy and hard at work everywhere inside our lines, and boats for another pontoon-bridge were being rapidly constructed under Brigadier-General W. F. Smith, familiarly known as Baldy Smith, and this bridge was destined to be used by my troops, at a point of the river about four miles above Chattanooga, just below the mouth of the Chickamauga River. General Grant explained to me that he had reconnoitred the rebel line from Lookout Mountain up to Chickamauga, and he believed that the northern portion of Missionary Ridge was not fortified at all; and he wanted me, as soon as my troops got up, to lay the new pontoon-bridge by night, cross over, and attack Bragg's right flank on
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 4 (search)
llytown, September 26, 1861. Yesterday, Baldy Smith Brigadier-General William F. Smith, comm Pa. Vols. being just beyond Langley, where Baldy Smith had his skirmish. Hamilton Kuhn did get ill come to him. They had driven out to see Baldy Smith and myself. After spending a little while ternoon, as if in defiance of our parade. General Smith required his division to cheer McClellan. nklin. Our corps is to be under Franklin. Baldy Smith takes Franklin's corps, and Sykes is to hav to Butterfield. I saw to-day Franklin and Baldy Smith, who referred to this matter, and said Burnre George's regiment moved over here, when Colonel Smith, commanding, took a wrong road, so that th ordered, and I immediately sent for Franklin, Smith, Reynolds, Brooks and others to join in celebruch to say. He is a man of very few words. Baldy Smith has returned, and Franklin is off for a feway I went to see General Stoneman and Lieutenant Colonel Smith Charles R. Smith, of Philadelphia.[7 more...]
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 6 (search)
it as hard to recruit his army as I do mine. I do not hear of any reinforcements of any consequence joining him. At the same time it is very difficult to obtain any minute or reliable intelligence of his movements. I saw to-day a note from Baldy Smith, who is at Hagerstown, commanding four hundred men and a secesh hospital. He says he is afraid to make any stir, for fear they should serve him as they have Franklin, who is at Baton Rouge, commanding a division under Banks. This is pretty htrenched ourselves. How long this game is to be played it is impossible to tell; but in the long run, we ought to succeed, because it is in our power more promptly to fill the gaps in men and material which this constant fighting produces. Baldy Smith's corps has joined, and he is placed under my orders. Headquarters army of the Potomac, 9 P. M., June 5, 1864. Since our last battle on the 3d inst. we have been comparatively quiet. The enemy has tried his hand once or twice at the offe
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