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Owen Wister, Ulysses S. Grant, V. (search)
ot-pounds of soldiers. Upon this material side the Mexican War was a great help to him; and upon quite another side he has the following to say: All the older officers, who became conspicuous in the Rebellion, I had also served with and known in Mexico. . . . The acquaintance thus formed was of immense service to me in the War of the Rebellion,--I mean what I learned of the characters of those to whom I was afterwards opposed. . . . The natural disposition of most people is to clothe a commandemer had done this; but it had done as much for half a hundred others. So here was quite a large company with even chances. But chance and the man are rare comrades. Like many, he had expected this war to be a smaller thing than our campaign in Mexico. That was twenty-six months; its losses, about a thousand lives a month; its cost, one hundred and sixty million. The Rebellion lasted forty-eight months. It was a battle-ground somewhat larger than England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany,
e American troops were to prevent filibustering into Texas; really they were sent as a menace to Mexico in case she appeared to contemplate war. Grant's life in Louisiana was pleasant. He had plenty by an administrative act and a war, both of which I disapproved. For disapprove the menace to Mexico, and the subsequent war, he did. One lingers over a distinguished man's days of growth and formahe Mexicans to attack them and begin war. We were sent to provoke war, but it was essential that Mexico should commence it. It was very doubtful whether Congress would declare war; but if Mexico shoulMexico should attack our troops, the Executive could announce: Whereas war exists by the acts of, etc., and prosecute the contest with vigour. Once initiated, there were few public men who would have the couragewas commenced. This was in March 1846. In September 1847 the American army entered the city of Mexico. Vera Cruz, Puebla, and other principal cities of the country, were already in their possession
ry to tell the nations of Christendom that our government carries on the war with increasing ferocity, regardless of the laws of civilized warfare. These gangs of Rebels, whose families had been living in peace among their loyal neighbors, committed the most cold blooded and diabolical murders, such as riding up to a farm-house, asking for water, and, while receiving it, shooting down the giver — an aged, inoffensive farmer-because he was a radical Union man. In the single sub-district of Mexico, the commanding officer furnished a list of near one hundred Union men who, in the course of six weeks, had been killed, maimed, or run off, became they were radical Union men, or Abolitionists. About the 1st of September, Anderson's gang attacked a railroad train on the North Missouri road, took from it 22 unarmed soldiers, many on sick leave, and, after robbing, placed them in a row and shot them in cold blood; some of the bodies they scalped. and put others across the track and run the
t, and better prepared for battle and for victory. By order of John A. Mcclernand, Brigadier-General Commanding. M. Brayman, Assistant Adjutant-General. General Grant issued the following order to the troops at Cairo: Headquarters District S. E. Mo., Cairo, November 8, 1861. The General commanding this military district returns his thanks to the troops under his command at the battle of Belmont on yesterday. It has been his fortune to have been in all the battles fought in Mexico by Generals Scott and Taylor save Buena Vista, and he never saw one more hotly contested or where troops behaved with more gallantry. Such courage will insure victory wherever our flag may be borne and protected by such a class of men. To the brave men who fell the sympathy of the country is due, and will be manifested in a manner unmistakable. U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General Commanding. On the day after the battle, (Nov. 8th,) a flag of truce was sent from Cairo, Ill., to Columbus
se circumstances were known to two gentlemen who were connected with the New York Seventh. One was Major Winthrop, one of the noblest of God's noblemen, and the other was Col. Schuyler Hamilton, who had been in the service of the United States in Mexico, where he distinguished himself for gallantry and conduct, and was made military secretary to General Scott while in Mexico. Both Winthrop and Hamilton were, then acting as privates in the New York Seventh, and Winthrop had enlisted for the timeMexico. Both Winthrop and Hamilton were, then acting as privates in the New York Seventh, and Winthrop had enlisted for the time only which the Seventh had agreed to go to war. Hamilton was accepted by me as a volunteer aid on my staff, and I told Winthrop to serve out his time with the regiment, because those were the terms of his enlistment, and then to come to me wherever I was and I would give him a place on my staff. This I did thirty-two days later at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. I at once mounted my horse, and marched with Hincks and his two companies outside of the grounds of the academy, to seize the railroad
hth Massachusetts, 174. N Napoleon, I. reference to, 741, 864, 865, 997, Butler reads history of, 868. Napoleon, Louis, Butler's recall from New Orleans, 525, 530; responsible for Butler's recall from New Orleans, 549; plan for capturing Mexico, 464-465; sends expedition under Admiral Reynaud, 490-491. Nashville, General Thomas at, 655; Buel's headquarters at, 872; Grant consults with Buel at, 873-875. Nassau, expert pilots at, 849. National Convention, Butler delegate to, 981.46; had no authority to release Winans, 234; action in Trent affair, 319, 323, 324; reply to English minister regarding woman order, 420; nullifies Butler's orders, 426; informs Butler of Napoleon's plans, 464-465; efforts to aid Napoleon against Mexico, 489-490; yields to demands of certain New Orleans foreigners, 522; removes Butler from command in New Orleans, 530; interview with upon return from New Orleans, 534; his action in recalling Butler critically considered, 535, 537, 549; persuaded
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 6: Louisiana. 1859-1861. (search)
ed, on the faith of a telegraphic dispatch sent by the two Senators, Benjamin and Slidell, from their seats in the United States Senate at Washington, Governor Moore ordered the seizure of all the United States forts at the mouth of the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain, and of the United States arsenal at Baton Rouge. The forts had no garrisons, but the arsenal was held by a small company of artillery, commanded by Major Haskins, a most worthy and excellent officer, who had lost an arm in Mexico. I remember well that I was strongly and bitterly impressed by the seizure of the arsenal, which occurred on January 10, 1861. When I went first to Baton Rouge, in 1859, en route to Alexandria, I found Captain Rickett's company of artillery stationed in the arsenal, but soon after there was somewhat of a clamor on the Texas frontier about Brownsville, which induced the War Department to order Rickett's company to that frontier. I remember that Governor Moore remonstrated with the Secret
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 14 (search)
d, it may be, wish our downfall; but in the end England and France will join with us in jubilation at the triumph of constitutional government over faction. Even now the English manifest this. I do not profess to understand Napoleon's design in Mexico, and I do not see that his taking military possession of Mexico concerns us. We have as much territory now as we want. The Mexicans have failed in self-government, and it was a question as to what nation she should fall a prey. That is now solvMexico concerns us. We have as much territory now as we want. The Mexicans have failed in self-government, and it was a question as to what nation she should fall a prey. That is now solved, and I don't see that we are damaged. We have the finest part of the North American Continent, all we can people and can take care of; and, if we can suppress rebellion in our own land, and compose the strife generated by it, we shall have enough people, resources, and wealth, if well combined, to defy interference from any and every quarter. I therefore hope the Government of the United States will continue, as heretofore, to collect, in well-organized armies, the physical strength of th
reduced a fort of the enemy opposite, dismounting eight heavy guns. The following is a copy of the order of Gen. McCall on assuming command of the rebel forces on the fifth instant: soldiers: We are strangers, commander and commanded, each to the other; let me tell you who I am. I am a general made by Beauregard, a general selected by Beauregard and Bragg for this command, when they knew it was in peril. They have known me for twenty years; together we have stood on the fields of Mexico. Give them your confidence now; give it to me, when I have earned it. Soldiers, the Mississippi Valley is entrusted to your courage, to your discipline, to your patience. Exhibit the vigilance and coolness of last night and hold it. W. D. Mccall, Brigadier-General Commanding. I regret that the painful condition of my feet still requiring to use crutches, prevented me from making a-personal examination of the works. I was therefore compelled to delegate Lieutenant Commanding S. Phelps
serious apprehensions are entertained for its safety. The transports had gone as high up as Springfield Landing, expecting to meet the land forces at that place. The rebels are swarming along the river, and will sink every boat if they can. Philadelphia press narrative. Grand Ecore., La., April 10, 1864. The object of General Banks's spring campaign is political as well as military. The importance of the South-West may be properly estimated when we consider our relations with Mexico, and the embarrassments occasioned by the French interference with that republic. The occupation of Brownsville, on the Rio Grande, by General Banks, last year, did much toward checking the designs of the French Emperor. An American army was placed on the frontier of the newmade dependency, and any diplomacy between Davis and Napoleon was thus shattered and silenced. That occupation was merely a check. To make it a checkmate, the capture of Shreveport was necessary. This town occupies a
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