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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, The campaign in Georgia-Sherman's March to the sea-war anecdotes-the March on Savannah- investment of Savannah-capture of Savannah (search)
t, Lieutenant-General On the 29th Sherman sent Thomas back to Chattanooga, and afterwards to Nashvilother way while he was moving south, by making Thomas strong enough to hold Tennessee and Kentucky. e railroad back to Chattanooga. To strengthen Thomas he sent Stanley (4th corps) back, and also ordfrom that State, was under orders to return to Thomas and, under the most unfavorable circumstances,at were being raised in the North-west went to Thomas as rapidly as enrolled and equipped. Thomas, Thomas, without any of these additions spoken of, had a garrison at Chattanooga — which had been strengthenerymen, who were being equipped for the field. Thomas had at this time about forty-five thousand menia, leaving Hood behind to the tender mercy of Thomas and the troops in his command. Sherman fixed force from there can co-operate with you. Thomas has got back into the defences of Nashville, wid not look so, however, to me. In my opinion, Thomas far outnumbers Hood in infantry. In cavalry,
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, The battle of Franklin-the battle of Nashville (search)
ield had, of all arms, about thirty thousand. Thomas's orders were, therefore, for Schofield to watmy's movements until he could be reinforced by Thomas himself. As soon as Schofield saw this movemeer did during that night and the next day. Thomas, in the meantime, was making his preparations nvest that place almost without interference. Thomas was strongly fortified in his position, so thaat the enemy would find means of moving, elude Thomas and manage to get north of the Cumberland Rivepreparations, etc. At last I had to say to General Thomas that I should be obliged to remove him unlges] City Point, Va., December 2, 1864 Major-General Thomas, Nashville, Tenn. If Hood is permittoint, Va., December 2, 1864, 1.30 P. M. Major-General Thomas, Nashville, Tenn. With your citizen ral City Point, Va., December 5, 1864. Major-General Thomas, Nashville, Tenn. Is there not dange Point, Va., December 11, 1864, 4 P. M. Major-General Thomas, Nashville, Tenn. If you delay attac[13 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Sherman's March North-Sheridan ordered to Lynchburg-Canby ordered to move against Mobile-movements of Schofield and Thomas-capture of Columbia, South Carolina-Sherman in the Carolinas (search)
st be brief. Before your last request to have Thomas make a campaign into the heart of Alabama, I hs induced to do this because I did not believe Thomas could possibly be got off before spring. His f the pursuit was left to subordinates, whilst Thomas followed far behind. When Hood had crossed thennessee, and those in pursuit had reached it, Thomas had not much more than half crossed the State, off in time. I had some time before depleted Thomas's army to reinforce Canby, for the reason that Thomas had failed to start an expedition which he had been ordered to send out, and to have the trorailroad. I have directed that none be sent. Thomas's army has been depleted to send a force to yo and captured, to fourteen thousand men. After Thomas's victory at Nashville what remained of Hood'sof January I countermanded the orders given to Thomas to move south to Alabama and Georgia. (I had I immediately changed the order, and directed Thomas to send him toward Lynchburg. Finally, howeve[8 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Sherman and Johnston-Johnston's surrender to Sherman-capture of Mobile-Wilson's expedition — capture of Jefferson Davis--General Thomas's qualities-estimate of General Canby (search)
Sherman-capture of Mobile-Wilson's expedition — capture of Jefferson Davis--General Thomas's qualities-estimate of General Canby When I left Appomattox I ordered GThe three expeditions which I had tried so hard to get off from the commands of Thomas and Canby did finally get off: one under Canby himself, against Mobile, late inile in the War Department, as well as my remarks in this book, reflect upon General Thomas by dwelling somewhat upon his tardiness, it is due to myself, as well as tork will apply also in the case of General Canby. I had been at West Point with Thomas one year, and had known him later in the old army. He was a man of commanding efficient services of the troops serving under the commander possessing it. Thomas's dispositions were deliberately made, and always good. He could not be driven that general nor Sherman, nor any other officer could have done it better. Thomas was a valuable officer, who richly deserved, as he has received, the plaudits o
ear and on the right by Generals Schofield and Thomas. Major-General Sherman desires and expectsck, you complained to me bitterly against George H. Thomas, that he claimed for the Army of the Cumbions to this rule. I certainly never gave General Thomas any occasion to have strong feelings agait first and as I was moving to the rear of General Thomas's army, I saw General Logan sitting on themmander and was entitled to better treatment. Thomas complained of Logan in several matters and saitent for it and he desired to place him in it. Thomas answered with much feeling that he was sorry ty to resign his command. Sherman answered General Thomas: You certainly would not do that and leave anything that will seem to reflect on Logan. Thomas answered: Well, let the President or Secretaryould act cordially and harmoniously together? Thomas said: Yes, that's it, and I think, to insure she papers, and hailed with delight the news of Thomas's victory and General Logan's return to Washin[12 more...]
er implicitly, because he felt quite sure that Thomas would consider that he had taken advantage of y, from which place he was to communicate with Thomas and advise him of the orders he had received. him, instructing the officer to try to induce Thomas to make the attack which General Grant had ordf the orders he held. General Logan felt that Thomas's further persistency in delay, notwithstandinay morning. People here all jubilant over General Thomas's success. Confidence seems to be restorethe sugges tion to return to his command after Thomas's victory, ignoring the opportunity which had General Logan often said that, had he been in Thomas's place, he would have made the attack much sould have had a victory as brilliant as that of Thomas's on the 15th of December. I often heard Gas not deterred from obeying orders to relieve Thomas on any other ground than that he would not be time perfecting, no one will ever know, as General Thomas was of a peculiar disposition, and was so [19 more...]
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 10: (search)
he perfect management it might have been most uncomfortable. About ten o'clock President Grant entered the reception-room assigned him. He was accompanied by Senator Morgan, of New York, and one or two others; Mrs. Grant was escorted by General George H. Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Colfax came in together. Horace Greeley, Julia Ward Howe, Governors Jewell of Connecticut, Oglesby of Illinois, Curtin of Pennsylvania, Fenton of New York, and innumerable others, including many army and navy heroes were ts he was fleeing from Richmond, was the crowning glory of his brilliant career. I remember seeing a group of such men as Porter, Farragut, Du Pont, Dahlgren, and Rogers together, while Generals Sherman, Logan, McDowell, Meade, Burnside, Hancock, Thomas, Sickles, and a host of others recalled the stirring events of the war so recently over. Celebrities from every part of the country were among the numbers who were glad to honor General and Mrs. Grant by their presence, making the inauguration c
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 11: (search)
esult of this movement Reducing the army to a peace basis Sherman's hostility to Logan's measure a congressional scandal Logan checkmates Butler death of General Thomas honors to the memory of General Rawlins General Logan's victorious campaign for the senatorship and my share in it removal to Chicago the great fire chaire would not have been the very many scandals that have reflected upon our national and State legislators in these later years. In the month of April General George H. Thomas died. He was mourned throughout the whole nation as a gallant soldier. Memorial services were held throughout the country. General Logan, being the cthe grief of the nation at the untimely death of this great soldier. General Logan was the orator of the evening, and paid a glowing tribute to the memory of General Thomas, forgetting, in his grief at the nation's loss, the personal differences which had existed between him and the dead soldier, thus giving another illustration
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 1: the Ante-bellum life of the author. (search)
Manassas, in Virginia. Braxton Bragg and W. J. Hardee were of the same class. The head man of the next class (1839) was I. I. Stevens, who resigned from the army, and, after being the first governor of Washington Territory, returned to military service, and fell on the sanguinary field of Chantilly on the 1st of September, 1862. Next on the class roll was Henry Wager Halleck, who was commander-in-chief of the United States armies from July, 1862, to March, 1864. W. T. Sherman and George H. Thomas, of the Union army, and R. S. Ewell, of the Confederate army, were of the same class (1840). The class of 1841 had the largest list of officers killed in action. Irons, Ayers, Ernst, Gantt, Morris, and Burbank were killed in the Mexican War. N. Lyon, R. S. Garnett, J. F. Reynolds, R. B. Garnett, A. W. Whipple, J. M. Jones, I. B. Richardson, and J. P. Garesche fell on the fields of the late war. Of the class of 1842 few were killed in action, but several rose to distinguished positi
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 13: making ready for Manassas again. (search)
ing the Junction, a cavalry regiment came in, threatening attack, and was driven off by Colonel Baylor's regiment. A field battery came from the direction of Centreville, and tried to make trouble at long range, but was driven off by superior numbers. Then a brigade of infantry under General Taylor, of New Jersey, just landed from the cars from Alexandria, advanced and made a desperate effort to recover the lost position and equipage at Manassas Junction. Field's, Archer's, Pender's, and Thomas's brigades, moving towards the railroad bridge, met Taylor's command and engaged it, at the same time moving towards its rear, threatening to cut off its retreat. It was driven back after a fierce struggle, General Taylor, commanding, mortally wounded. Part of the Kanawha division under General Scammon was ordered to its support, but was only in time to assist in its retreat. Reporting this affair, General Jackson said,--The advance was made with great spirit and determination, and under
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