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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
his work was done, he went directly to his own capital to report its results to his Government. Captain Robert Lincoln, the President's son, was one of his staff officers. They had arrived in time for the latter to breakfast with his father, and give him the narrative of an eye-witness, as he was, of the scenes of Lee's surrender. At 11 o'clock the President attended a Cabinet meeting, at which Grant was present. When the meeting adjourned, he made an arrangement with the General to attend Ford's Theater in the evening, and sent a messenger to engage a box. When, awhile afterward, Schuyler Colfax, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, visited him, he invited that gentleman to accompany Mrs. Lincoln and himself to the theater, but previous engagements caused Mr. Colfax to decline. General Grant was called to New York that evening. It was publicly announced in the afternoon, that the President and General Grant would be at the theater. The house was crowded. Mr. Lincoln a
4 smooth-bores, 3 3/4 inches.   150 3-inch rifle fixed ammunition; 600 rounds fixed 6-pounder smooth-bore; 200 rounds 12-pounder howitzer; 1,000 friction primers. 165 9 174 [Gallimard's] Sappers and Miners 50 muskets     50   50 Ward's artillery battalion 10 2-pounder breech-loading guns 2 co's 24 rounds to each gun 202 49 251 [Moorehead's] Partisan Rangers       42 42 84 Thomasson's company       30 20 50 20th Mississippi Regiment Without arms 45 Without ammunition 45   45 Ford's cavalry company Without arms 75 Without ammunition 58 17 75 1st Confederate Battalion 434 muskets   40 rounds per man 320 111 431 Missouri Volunteers       247 127 374 12th Louisiana Regiment 806 muskets 260   849 217 1,066         2,788 960 3,748 Since the reception of this morning's report four companies of Col. B. D. Harman's regiment and Col. H. R. Miller's Mississippi Regiment, numbering respectively about 160 and 800, have been added to the command. Col
his relief. Miles did neither. He posted Sept. 5. the 32d Ohio, Col. T. H. Ford, on Maryland Heights; where they were reenforced Sept. 12. by the 39th and 126th New York, and next day by the 115th New York and part of a Maryland regiment. Ford's requisition for axes and spades was not filled; and the only 10 axes that could be obtained were used in constructing Sept. 12. a slight breastwork of trees near the crest, with an abatis in its front; where McLaws's advance appeared and commnwhile, McLaws, with the rest of his force, save the brigades holding Crampton's Gap, moved down Pleasant Valley to the river. Kershaw advanced according to order, through dense woods and over very rough ground, until he encountered and worsted Ford's command on the Heights, as we have seen; while Wright and Anderson took, unopposed, the positions assigned them, and McLaws advanced to Sandy Hook, barring all egress from Harper's Ferry down the Potomac. The morning of the 14th was spent by
used flank in the rear, capturing 1,500 more; and Crawford — resisted only by skirmishers — pressed forward rapidly to the Ford road, running northward from their center, precluding their retreat toward Lee; and then, turning southward on that road, of our army, while Griffin's own division (now Bartlett's) supported McKenzie's cavalry, which had pushed northward up the Ford road to Hatcher's run. And now, as darkness fell, by Grant's order, our guns in position before Petersburg opened from k when Gen. Humphreys came up and reclaimed Miles's division: when Sheridan desisted, returned to Five Forks, and took the Ford road out to Hatcher's run, where he crossed the 5th corps and moved rapidly toward Sutherland's depot, to strike in flank -ward, the position of the 5th (Griffin's) corps at Sutherland's, 10 miles west of Petersburg, with Sheridan's cavalry at Ford's, 10 miles farther west, barring his way up the south bank of the Appomattox, with nearly all the residue of Grant's forc
eive a personal report from Gen. Grant, just arrived from Appomattox, listening to the story of Lee's surrender from his son, Capt. Robert Lincoln, who, being on Grant's staff, had been an eye-witness of the scene, and giving audience to several public men — among them John P. Hale, just appointed Minister to Madrid, and Speaker Colfax, who was taking leave for an overland journey to California and Oregon--concluded to seek relaxation from his many and weighty cares by spending the evening at Ford's Theater, where Gen. Grant and he had been publicly announced as probable visitors that night, while the former had been compelled by inexorable duties to disappoint the expectation thus excited. At 8 P. M., the President and his wife, with two others, rode to the theater, and were ushered into the private box previously secured by him; where, at 10 1/2 P. M., while all were intent on the play, an actor of Baltimore birth — John Wilkes Booth by name, son of the more eminent English-born tra
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 20: Congressman and Governor. (search)
board of managers — of which I was the head, felt it their duty to make a secret investigation of that matter, and we did our duty in that regard most thoroughly. Speaking for myself I think I ought to say that there was no reliable evidence at all to convince a prudent and responsible man that there was any ground for the suspicions entertained against Johnson. On the day of the assassination Johnson was in Washington, residing at a hotel known as the Kirkwood House. Booth shot Lincoln at Ford's Theatre a few blocks away from the Kirkwood House at ten o'clock at night. At nine o'clock the same night Booth called at the Kirkwood House and left his card for Mr. Johnson, who was not in, though it could not be ascertained by the committee where he was. The card was put in the proper box for the delivery of all such matters in Mr. Johnson's room, and he never saw it. This fact was substantially all the evidence which would tend to implicate him. After the capture of Atzerott and oth
five Forks, The battle of, 901. Flanders, chosen congressman in Louisiana, 523. Flag Pond Hill battery, Porter attempts to silence, 791, Floyd, Secretary of War, under Buchanan, 166-167. Flusser, Commander, tribute to, 635; killed at Plymouth, 636. Fox, Gustavus V., Assistant Secretary of Navy. anecdote of, 287-288; arbitrator in the Farragut prize suit, 1011. Foote, Senator, reference to, 695, 715, 716; calumnious letter from Smith to, 696-697; letter quoted, 712-713. Ford's Theatre, Lincoln assassinated at, 930. Forty-Seventh Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, 679. Fort Burnham (formerly Fort Harrison), 737. Fort Darling, 747. Fort Donelson, reference to, 872, 873, 874. Fort Fisher, Weitzel reconnoitres, 774; preparations for expedition against, 782; Butler waits for Porter, 785-787; fleet sails in sight of, 789; powder-boat exploded at, 790; bombarded, 790-792; troops debark at, 792; prisoners taken at, 792-795; Major Reece gives information of, 79
eral A. E. Burnside, in command of the Department of Ohio, issued, on April 13, 1863, his General Order No. 38, declaring that the habit of declaring sympathies Ford's theater in Washington, where Lincoln was shot Within this building the shot rang out that struck a fearful blow to the South as well as to the North. On the night of Friday, April 14, 1865, President Lincoln went to Ford's Theater. About ten o'clock he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. The next morning about seven the President died. As General Sherman was entering a car three days later at Durham Station, N. C., to meet General Johnston and negotiate terms of surrender, he received aby various other names. Washington livery stable, 1865 where booth bought a horse after Lincoln's assassination After shooting President Lincoln in a box at Ford's Theater in Washington, April 14, 1865, Wilkes Booth escaped from the city. Guided by sympathizers, he crossed the Potomac near Port Tobacco, Md., to Mathias Poi
feel that this patient, wise, and sympathetic ruler was one of the few really great man in history, and that he would live forever in the hearts of men made better by his presence during those four years of storm. a Nation in mourning—the Washington procession at Lincoln's funeral after his faithful service, Abraham Lincoln, the leader from whose wisdom and sympathy both North and South had most to hope, was not to survive the completion of his task. An assassin stole into his box at Ford's theater on the evening of April 14th, shot him in the back of the head, and leaping upon the stage escaped by a rear door. The next morning at seven o'clock the President was dead. The remains were taken to his home in Springfield, Illinois, along the route by which he had traveled in 1861, on his way to take the oath as President. This picture shows the solemn procession that moved toward the railway station in Washington. all present but the commander-in-chief the Grand review
d that the enemy might expose himself in some way that we might take advantage of, and cripple him. Knowing when Sheridan moved on our right that our cavalry would be unable to resist successfully his advance upon our communications., I detached Pickett's division to support it. At first Pickett succeeded in driving the enemy, who fought stubbornly; and, after being reenforced by the Fifth Corps (United States Army), obliged Pickett to recede to the Five Forks on the Dinwiddie Court-House and Ford's road, where, unfortunately, he was yesterday defeated. To relieve him, I had to again draw out three brigades under General Anderson, which so weakened our front line that the enemy last night and this morning succeeded in penetrating it near the Cox road, separating our troops around the town from those on Hatcher's Run. This has enabled him to extend to the Appomattox, thus inclosing and obliging us to contract our lines to the city. I have directed the troops from the lines on Hatcher
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