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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 2: (search)
e time General Grant actually captured both Forts Henry and Donelson, and effectually opened these esent it is only proposed to take and occupy Fort Henry and Dover, and, if possible, cut the railroa to get troops ready to advance far south of Fort Henry. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, called on Halleck, and suggested a move on Fort Henry. According to Badeau, who wrote by authoritfrom a report of a partial reconnoissance of Fort Henry, made by General C. F. Smith, and forwarded t. Louis, Mo. With permission I will take Fort Henry on the Tennessee, and establish and hold a lGeneral Grant and myself are of opinion that Fort Henry, on the Tennessee River, can be carried withspectfully suggest the propriety of subduing Fort Henry, near the Kentucky and Tennessee line, and h. Make your preparations to take and hold Fort Henry. I will send you written instructions by maSmith's report on the road from Smithland to Fort Henry. As soon as that is received will give orde[12 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 19: (search)
departments are selected and chosen from the army itself, or fresh from West Point, and too commonly construe themselves into the élite, as made of better clay than the common soldier. Thus they separate themselves more and more from their comrades of the line, and in process of time realize the condition of that old officer of artillery, who thought the army would be a delightful place for a gentleman if it were not for the d—d soldier; or, better still, the conclusion of the young lord in Henry IV., who told Harry Percy (Hotspur) that but for these vile guns he would himself have been a soldier. This is all wrong; utterly at variance with our democratic form of government and of universal experience; and now that the French, from whom we had copied the system, have utterly prescribed it, I hope that our Congress will follow suit. General Sherman's own military history, however, will show that it was not until he attained the rank of brigadier-general that his antipathy to sta
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 20: (search)
leaving prominent in memory only the central and enduring fact of common service in a worthy cause, seem to have exerted no such influence upon him, but rather acted as mordants to fix all unpleasant things indelibly upon his pages. By following the statements of his book, and comparing them with the records of the same events, made at the time of their occurrence, and often by his own hand, many grave differences have been established. Where the Memoirs give the credit of the move on Forts Henry and Donelson to Halleck, the records show that it belongs to Grant. Where General Sherman argues against the idea of a surprise at Shiloh, the records prove it to have been complete, and due mainly to his own blindness and neglect. Where he seeks to detract from the service rendered there by Buell and his army, the records set that service in clear light. While he intimates that Rosecrans acted discreditably at Iuka and Corinth, and that Grant was deeply offended over some failure or