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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 14: in command of the Army of the James. (search)
any way which will be the most pleasant to you, but things cannot go on as they are. You see I think it is Lincoln's fault and not Chase's that he is using the treasury against Lincoln. Right again, said Cameron; I will tell Mr. Lincoln every word you have said. What happened after that is history. Preparations were pushed with vigor for the opening campaign. During the early days of April despatches came from General Peck that the enemy were preparing to attack Plymouth. General Wessels, in command there, however, whose gallant defence of the place is applauded, gave me his belief that the post could be held, if the navy could hold the river. Commander Flusser (who was a Farragut, wanting thirty years experience, and no higher praise can be given) was sure that he could meet the rebel iron-clad ram, and laughed to scorn the idea of her driving out his gunboats. An attack was made in the night of the 19th of April, by the rebel ram. Flusser was killed by the recoil of
ies by which each is to supply its own prisoners of war with necessary supplies, and Brig.-Gen. H. E. Paine, on the part of the Federal Government, and Brig.-Gen. Win. W. R. Beale, on the part of the rebel authorities, having been appointed agents to carry out these arrangements, every necessary and proper facility for the purpose will be given by the commanding officers of the various military prisoners when request is made or properly authorized by Brigadier-General Paine. By Order, H. W. Wessels, Brig.-Gen. U. S. V., Inspt. and Corny. Gen. of Prisoners. [no. 13. see page 611.] Headquarters, etc., near Bottom's Bridge, June 12, 1864. Adjutant-General, headquarters armies of the Confederate States: Sir:--Will you please bring to the immediate attention of General Bragg a cause which is producing great discontent among the troops of my command. It appears that to the troops of the Army of Northern Virginia, the ration issued is very much larger than the same given to my troo
jor Peter S. Michie one of the board of instructors of, 747; reference to, 831-853; staff officers seek Butler's removal, 852; position assigned graduates of, 863-864; Grant at, 865, 866, 868; order of promotion at, 867; reference to influence, 878; the clannishness of, 879; Sherman quoted upon. 890; Turner a graduate of, 894. West, Col., Robert, leads force to Charles City Court-House, 618; advance toward Richmond, 640; reference to, 642; drives enemy from the Chickahominy, 645. Wessels, General, gallant defence of Plymouth, 635. Western Union Telegraph Co., Butler's arrangements with, 759-760. Western Bay State Regiment, State aid promised to, 309; enlistment of, 310; drawing lots in peril off Hatteras, 344. Wetmore, Gen. Prosper M., makes a toast, 773. Whiting, Major-General, quoted upon the Fort Fisher attack, 794, 798, 804, 810; aids the construction of Fort Fisher, 812; dying declarations of, 820. Whelden, Lieutenant-Colonel, letter to regarding State aid, 3
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
of military operations in the vicinity of Charleston, South Carolina, from the 1st to the 10th of July, 1864; three letters from General Samuel Jones to General Foster in relation to treatment and exchange of prisoners; Letters from Brigadier-Generals H. W. Wessels, T. Seymour, E. P. Scannon, Alexander Shaler and C. A. Heckman, United States army, prisoners of war, to the Adjutant-General United States army, recommending an exchange of prisoners of war; letters from Brigadier-Generals H. W. WesBrigadier-Generals H. W. Wessels, T. Seymour, E. P. Scannon, Alexander Shaler and C. A. Heckman, United States army, prisoners of war, to General Foster, stating that they are as pleasantly and comfortably situated in Charleston as is possible for prisoners of war, and asking like treatment for Confederate prisoners of war. From Yates Snowden, Esq., Charleston, South Carolina--Official letter-book and reports of Lieutenant-General R. H. Anderson, up to and including the battle of Gettysburg; war map of Eastern Virginia
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letters on the treatment and exchange of prisoners. (search)
fficers are confirmed by those of Southern journals. And while we cheerfully submit to any policy that may be decided upon by our Government, we would urge that the great evils that must result from any delay that is not desired should be obviated by the designation of some point in this vicinity at which exchanges might be made — a course, we are induced to believe, that would be acceded to by the Confederate authorities. And we are, General, your most obedient servants, (Signed) H. W. Wessels, Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers. (Signed) T. Seymour, Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers. (Signed) E. P. Scammon, Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers. (Signed) Alexander Shaler, Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers. (Signed) C. A. Heckman, Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers Through Major-General J. G. Foster, U. S. V., Commanding Department of the South, Hilton Head, S. C. Hdrs. Department South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, Charleston, S. C., July 13, 1864. General — I have recei
H. W. Wessels Brigadier GeneralSept. 26, 1862, to Dec. 24, 1862. Wessell's Brigade, Division at Suffolk, Seventh Army Corps, Department of Virginia
he seventeenth, in reply to the letter of General Wessels, of the thirteenth, asking for reinforcemxteenth in time to have communicated with General Wessels during the evening or night of the seventviz.: I think General Peck misinterpreted General Wessels' letter. We have had no scare here yet, th instant, despatches were received from General Wessels and Commander Flusser, announcing an attas was the first information received from General Wessels subsequent to the sixteenth instant, whenservant of Captain Stewart, A. . General, General Wessels' staff, is to the effect that early on Tun a very few hours of the time I received General Wessels' despatch of Sunday night, the seventeentn of iron and time. A communication from General Wessels, of the same date as yours, settles the med you of the return of a man sent out by General Wessels to procure information concerning the ramached Plymouth, and had an interview with General Wessels and Captain Flusser. Some deserters had [5 more...]
e with your views, except in one particular, viz.: I don't believe in the ironclad. Hitherto it has been a question of iron and time. A communication from General Wessels, of the same date as yours, settles the matter in my judgment. His spy has just come in from Halifax. He came from Wilmington, and twenty-five thousand poun the Union. This hope is long deferred, I fear. March eighteenth, I wrote, viz.: A few weeks since I advised you of the return of a man sent out by General Wessels to procure information concerning the ram at Halifax. He was on a train that carried some twenty-five thousand pounds of iron from Wilmington to Halifax. ent of the war. He is from Indiana. He says several shipments of iron have been made to Halifax and Kinston for the gunboats, and confirms the report made to General Wessels. Some of the iron has been made near Atlanta, where the Confederates have extensive works. March twenty-ninth, I wrote, viz.: My spy came in from Kins
ains, and one locomotive, together with large quantities of commissary and other stores; thence crossing to the South Side road, struck it at Wilson's, Wellsville, and Black and White stations, destroying the road and station-houses; thence he proceeded to City Point, which he reached on the eighteenth. On the eighteenth of April, and prior to the movement of General Butler, the enemy with a land force under General Hoke and an iron-clad ram, attacked Plymouth, N. C., commanded by General H. W. Wessels, and our gunboats there, and after severe fighting, the place was carried by assault and the entire garrison and armament captured. The gunboat Smithfield was sunk and the Miami disabled. The army sent to operate against Richmond having hermetically sealed itself up at Bermuda Hundred, the enemy was enabled to bring the most if not all the reinforcements brought from the South by Beauregard against the Army of the Potomac. In addition to this reinforcement, a very considerable o
tion. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. Foster, Major-General Commanding. D. C. Wager, Assistant Adjutant-General. Charleston, June 14. For some time past it has been known that a batch of Yankee prisoners, comprising the highest rank now in our hands, were soon to be brought hither to share the pleasure of the bombardment. They accordingly arrived on Sunday. We give a list of their names and rank: Brig.-Gen. Seymour, Col. W. C. Lee, Brig.-Gen. Wessels, Col. R. White, Brig.-Gen. Scammon, Col. H. O. Bolinger, Brig.-Gen. Shaler, Col. H. L. Brown, Brig.-Gen. Heckman, Col. E. L. Dana, Col. T. G. Grover, Col. E. Fardell, Col. R. Hawkins, Lt.-Col. E. G. Hays, Col. W. Harriman, Lt.-Col. N. B. Hunter, Col. J. H. Lebman, Lt.-Col. T. N. Higgin botham, Col. O. H. Lagrange, Major J. E. Clarke, Major D. A. Carpenter, Major W. Crandall, Major H. D. Gant, Major J. Hall, Major J. N. Johnson, Major E. W. Bates, Maj
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