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Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 5: graduation from the United States Military Academy, 1854; brevet Second Lieutenant in Ordnance Department, 1855-56 (search)
and I renewed our intimacy and our families enjoyed the social life of Augusta together. It was very much to me personally then and for many years afterwards to have such a friend. He was healthful, hearty, and always congenial. The father and mother of Captain Seth Williams opened their hospitality to the commander of the arsenal and his wife, and various other members of the Williams family gave us their fellowship and the entree into their homes. The Fullers, the Lamberts (Allen and Thomas), the Morrills, the Childs, the Tappans, the Manleys, Governor Coney, and many others afforded an entrance into society which has always been gratefully recalled by Mrs. Howard and myself. Here we first became acquainted with the Rev. E. B. Webb, D. D., pastor of the Congregational church, who was perhaps Mr. Blaine's strongest friend, and, if I may say so, he and his were even more intimate with my family and always unselfishly devoted to my best interests. We sometimes, while in Aug
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 18: the battle of South Mountain (search)
omment, considering his passion, was a compliment, when he said: The Yankees lost on their side General Reno, a renegade Virginian, who was killed by a happy shot from the Twenty-third North Carolina. As Reno was never a secessionist, and as he was always true to the flag of his country, to which several times he swore allegiance, no stretch of language could truthfully brand him as a deserter. He was a true man, like such other Virginians as Craighill, Robert Williams, John Newton, George H. Thomas, and Farragut. The most decisive work was on another front. Hooker was at the head of his corps. McClellan in person gave him orders on the field to press up the old Hagerstown road to the right and make a diversion in aid of Reno's attack. That movement was undertaken without delay. Hooker's corps took on this formation: Meade's division to the right, Hatch's to the left; Ricketts's in the center a little back in reserve. Pleasonton sent two regiments of cavalry to watch the
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 24: the battle of Gettysburg begun (search)
and sought to gain your confidence, and, as one would anticipate, were the foremost in battle. These generally secured the best results in administration and in active campaigning. To the last class belonged General Reynolds. From soldiers, cadets, and officers, junior and senior, he always secured reverence for his serious character, respect for his ability, care for his uniform discipline, admiration for his fearlessness, and love for his unfailing generosity. He was much like General George H. Thomas, not, however, so reticent and, I should judge, not quite so tenacious of purpose. It was always a pleasure to be under the command of either. I had been for some time during this campaign reporting to Reynolds. At Emmittsburg, June 30th, I had only changed the position of my corps from the east to the northwest of the village. There was an establishment (probably we should call it a college) under the care of several Jesuit fathers. On my arrival the 29th, in the neighborhoo
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 26: transferred to the West; battle of Wauhatchie (search)
e waste and barren, like the battle grounds of Virginia. We thought of Buell and Bragg, of George H. Thomas and Van Dorn, and of other opposing leaders, as we coursed along through this border State. Bridgeport and march to form a junction with General Hazen, who was the officer selected by General Thomas to come out from Chattanooga, seize the foot of Lookout Valley, lay a pontoon bridge over thhat time, for I believed that the cooperating forces, both at Brown's Ferry and the remainder of Thomas's army beyond Lookout Mountain, would be on the watch; that if any considerable force of the ene that place, usually called Kelly's Landing. The Tennessee must be clear from Confederates, for Thomas's little steamer — the Chattanooga — was at last finished, loaded with hard bread, and already sny years to be useful to his city (Boston), and to be a comfort and a help to his family. General Thomas said in orders: I most heartily congratulate you, General Hooker, and the troops under your
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 27: Chattanooga and the battle of Missionary Ridge (search)
erland and its indomitable commander, General George H. Thomas, on the Chattanooga side. This parng and turned back to join my headquarters and Thomas's forces near Orchard Knob. Now consider thgainst odds. It was reserved by Providence to Thomas and his army, already four times depleted, Novds and dispatch bearers from divisions came to Thomas or to his chief of staff and to Grant from ther from his mouth, cleared his throat, and told Thomas to capture the intrenchments at the foot of Mi forth the inspiring signal. Every soldier in Thomas's four divisions understood that call. But toollowed their retreating foes up the steep. Thomas and Grant saw the conflict through their glassin the several combats of Hooker, Sherman, and Thomas, gave them as 757 killed, 4,529 wounded, and 3hattanooga, Dalton, and Knoxville, the wing of Thomas's army to which I belonged-probably about 20,0 Valley to Chattanooga and paid a visit to General Thomas. In the course of conversation I inquired[13 more...]
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 28: Atlanta campaign; battle of Dalton; Resaca begun (search)
in his lieutenants. He writes: In Generals Thomas, McPherson, and Schofield I had three genooga, some eight or ten miles, and visited General Thomas. He explained that the order was already n, April 10th. The first division (Stanley's) Thomas had kept near him. All through the winter it wp communication between the two departments of Thomas and Schofield. After the briefest visit to prings. These springs were on the left of General Thomas's army lines. His whole front looked easttituted our line of supply and communication. Thomas had early advised Sherman that, in his judgmenap and fall upon Johnston's communications. Thomas felt confident, if his plan were adopted, thatllow and pathway in that formidable defile. Thomas, however, as he always did, pushed us forward old ground a lively and aggressive work during Thomas's and Schofield's southward march with perhapsight, near the Oostanaula, Schofield next, and Thomas on the left. My corps reached the railroad an
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 29: battle of Resaca and the Oostanaula (search)
nth Infantry (colored troops), who was temporarily on my staff, and galloped to Thomas, fortunately at the time but a few hundred yards off. I explained to him the alming condition of things on my left, and begged for immediate reinforcement. Thomas (Sherman being present) directed Hooker at once to send me a division, and withwhich is about due west of Adairsville, and eleven miles distant. Meanwhile, Thomas, with my corps and the Fourteenth, took up a direct pursuit. The railroad bride columns were in motion; but as soon as the vigorous movement was inaugurated, Thomas, then by my side, said to me that it was too near night for me to take the offend McPherson moved from McGuire's so much toward Adairsville as to connect with Thomas's right flank. But there was no general action; the next morning at dawn (May the Confederate commander was prepared to take the immediate offensive against Thomas in the morning, his army would be before many hours hemmed in on every side. N
, with Garrard's cavalry, became detached from Thomas and went directly to Rome, and on the 18th dro to impossible, before actual conjunction, for Thomas to send help to Hooker, and worse still for McPherson or Thomas to reinforce Schofield in a reasonable time. But Sherman was so anxious for bathe left toward us, and was close in support of Thomas's right. It was, however, Schofield's cavalters and his ultimate complete discomfiture by Thomas at Nashville. It rendered possible the great Davis took an eastern country road and joined Thomas, who kept the main road as far as Burnt Hickoroomy one, possibly ominous. At Burnt Hickory, Thomas sent Palmer with his and me with my corps off ch of the new forces is somewhat in question. Thomas reported their arrival as 3 P. M., but Geary about 5 P. M. Thomas probably referred to heads of column and Geary to the complete arrival. At an six o'clock. At his request, before I saw General Thomas, I deployed one division, according to Ho
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 31: battle of Pickett's Mill (search)
them steadily back. During May 25th, while Thomas was assailing Hood at New Hope Church, Jeff. CcPherson to relieve Davis and send him back to Thomas, and McPherson was preparing to do so and to c still assisted by Jeff. C. Davis's division. Thomas and Schofield were then free for the leftward ng on the lead himself with Baird's division. Thomas's army in this effort gained ground eastward ad went beyond us all near to Bush Mountain. Thomas, after another leftward effort, was next in pl This would have been done by me, except that Thomas had instructed me to use artillery ammunition t in following up Hardee's backward movement. Thomas and Schofield, now in the right wing of our arso on my left as soon as there was room. Thus Thomas with the Third Corps worked forward with his l prepared. I was much annoyed, and as soon as Thomas and Sherman heard of the break they were. also worried. I telegraphed Thomas that I would recover that Bald Knob on the morrow without fail. I [4 more...]
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 32: battle of Kolb's Farm and Kenesaw (search)
rstand the position of his army. He ordered Thomas to advance his right corps, which was Hooker's was Hooker's army commander. After citing to Thomas two dispatches, he telegraphed as follows: held the center and much of the left opposite Thomas's three corps, which were in line from left ttion-words that we find in a letter written by Thomas to Sherman himself, about ten o'clock the sameep back the Confederate cavalry of Wheeler. Thomas, with his three Union corps, touched the middloring and part of Hardee. Hooker's corps made Thomas's right; then came, on the extreme right, the nt in field three miles west of Marietta, and Thomas to a new headquarters camp half a mile farthers railroad line with Sherman, and Sherman with Thomas half a mile distant, and with Schofield, at ley Hill. Sherman's plan was, as ordered, for Thomas to make a heavy assault at the center with hisnd and the enemy's works, I reported to Major General Thomas, and recommended that the position be h[6 more...]
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