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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 1: Introductory. (search)
s of the surprise and attending disgrace at Shiloh; the ill-judged and fatal assault at Chickasaw Bayou; the protest against the move by which Vicksburg was captured; his failure to carry the point assigned him at the battle of Chattanooga; the escape of Johnston from Dalton and Resaca; the terrible mistake of the assault on Kenesaw; the plunging of his army, marching by the flank, into Hood's line of battle under the supposition that Atlanta was evacuated; the escape of the rebel army from Savannah; the careless and inexcusable periling and narrow escape of his own army at Bentonville; and lastly, the political surrender to Johnston at Raleigh: these are points upon which every reader desires light. But instead of gaining it, he finds that for most, the chief aim of the author seems to be to make the darkness more impenetrable. The succeeding chapters will treat, in their order, of the prominent movements and battles which General Sherman passes in review in his Memoirs, and in ea
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 3: (search)
camp, in the absence of General Grant, whose headquarters were at Savannah, some twelve miles distant, he was constantly treated, trusted, ant. On the 14th of March General C. F. Smith, then in command at Savannah previous to the arrival of General Grant, instructed me—writes Gen in a line to our rear. * * * General C. F. Smith remained back at Savannah in chief command, and I was only responsible for my own division. k to our lines and reported the fact by letter to General Grant at Savannah; but thus far (night of the 4th) we had not positively detected thl Grant will show: headquarters Department West Tennessee, Savannah, April 5, 1862. General H. W. Halleck, Commanding Department of Mas well over on the left. He also told me that on his way up from Savannah that morning, he had stopped at Crump's Landing, and had ordered L General Grant at the landing, I requested him to send steamers to Savannah to bring up General Crittenden's division, which had arrived durin
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 11: (search)
o destroy Atlanta and march across Georgia to Savannah or Charleston, breaking railroads and doing ie I construed it to mean Ossabaw sound, below Savannah, which was correct. [General Sherman gives noding one-half to Mobile and the other half to Savannah. You could then move as proposed in your telington is sealed to commerce, and the city of Savannah is in our possession. * * * * If you will hether, under such circumstances, Augusta and Savannah would not be a better line than Selma, Montgoto think it necessary for Grant to first take Savannah, and Canby to take Columbus. Any route throuis imperfect, and I can not make out whether Savannah or Mobile be preferred; but I also want to knperating forces to proceed to the coast below Savannah and move inland against the Gulf Railroad. Tan take Macon, Milledgeville, Augusta, and Savannah, Ga., and wind up with closing the neckband of n Columbus, will move via Macon and Millen to Savannah; or, if I feign on Macon, you may take it fo[19 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 12: (search)
neral: * * * * If you capture the garrison of Savannah it certainly will compel Lee to detach from Rwe reached Pooler's Station, eight miles from Savannah, and during the next two days, December 9 and10, the several corps reached the defenses of Savannah, * * * * thus completely investing the city. ry avenue by which the people and garrison of Savannah can be supplied, and I am, therefore, justified in demanding the surrender of the city of Savannah and its dependent forts; and shall wait a reasinadequate to feed his army and the people of Savannah, and General Foster assures me that he has hif and the Admiral, reporting that the city of Savannah had been found evacuated on the morning of De Confederate strength: I think Hardee, in Savannah, has good artillerists; some five or six thou Slocum's report of operations in the rear of Savannah will illustrate the vacillating course his or out. Still, I know that the men that were in Savannah will be lost, in a measure, to Jeff. Davis, f[17 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 13: (search)
Affairs at Nashville Criticised from Savannah. No sooner had our army reached Savannah t the North? Writing the day after he entered Savannah to General Webster, at Nashville, Sherman saireceives: As soon as the army had reached Savannah, and had opened communication with the fleet,d at Nashville, while we were closing down on Savannah, in the early part of December, 1864; and ther narrating the demand on Hardee to surrender Savannah, his refusal and subsequent escape, and the oRumors of these great victories reached us at Savannah by piecemeal, but his official report came onvictory at Nashville was necessary to mine at Savannah to make a complete whole, and this fact was pdivision of the Mississippi, in the field, Savannah, Ga., December 23, 1864. General J. D. Websterral letter to Grant upon the situation before Savannah, and plans for a coming campaign, dated in fr a chapter on the operations at Nashville and Savannah. Mr. Lincoln had written General Sherman, in[2 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 14: (search)
omas, which order, however, was not executed in consequence of his battle and victory. As has been seen, Sherman thus refers to this matter: Yet Thomas remained inside of Nashville, seemingly passive, until General> Hood had closed upon him and had intrenched his position. * * * * At that time the weather was cold and sleety, the ground was covered with ice and snow, and both parties for a time rested on the defensive. Thus matters stood at Nashville while we were closing down on Savannah in the early part of December, 1864; and the country, as well as General Grant, was alarmed at the seeming passive conduct of General Thomas; and General Grant at one time considered the situation so dangerous that he thought of going to Nashville in person, but General John A. Logan, happening to be at City Point, was sent out to supersede General Thomas; luckily for the latter, he acted in time, gained a magnificent victory, and thus escaped so terrible a fate. The full corresponden
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 15: (search)
e cotton was this: War Department, Savannah, Ga., January 12, 1865. Brevet Major-General Mursuance of this order General Meigs, then in Savannah, issued the following: [special orders, no. 1.] Savannah, Ga., January 12, 1865. The Secretary of War having directed the Quarterm give copies or extracts from it to no one in Savannah but the Quartermaster-General. The utmostacts to the commanding officer of the post of Savannah. * * * * Lieutenant-Colonel Ransom will con possession of all the cotton in the city of Savannah, or within the lines occupied by its garrisonpon these all marks by which the merchants of Savannah and the shippers from that port had been accu at the Treasury Department in regard to this Savannah cotton: The Treasury Department has not ped upon a single claim for cotton captured at Savannah, nor has it paid out a dollar on such claims,division of the Mississippi, in the field, Savannah, Ga., January 12, 1865. 1. Brevet Brigadie[14 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 16: (search)
r. Unlike the march from Atlanta to the sea, that from Savannah northward through the Carolinas originated with General Sons of General Grant contemplated an entrenched camp near Savannah, and the transportation of the bulk of Sherman's force bynt. General Sherman was very anxious, however, to capture Savannah, and then march northward by land. The reasons he gave German's plan as better than his own. The campaign from Savannah was in every way more difficult and hazardous than the mao the march of an army. But from the moment of leaving Savannah grave difficulties were to be expected at every step. Thxpressed great admiration for the campaign northward from Savannah and astonishment at its success. They had confidently exes some important omissions. Concerning the start from Savannah northward, General Sherman writes: I knew full well aosed to invite a general battle, for we had been out from Savannah since the latter part of January, and our wagon trains co
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 20: (search)
s arranging the details of the move as far as Atlanta. The records show further, that on the 10th of September Grant suggested a move from Atlanta on Augusta or Savannah, instead of Mobile, since the control of the latter had passed into the hands of the Union forces. Concerning Savannah, the records reveal an escape of HardeeSavannah, the records reveal an escape of Hardee with ten thousand, from Sherman's sixty thousand, without disclosing even a plausible excuse. Here the Memoirs show Sherman looking back to Nashville, from whence alone, through defeat of Hood, could come a success that should vindicate his March to the Sea, and finding fault with Thomas, who, though crippled in all ways by Sherman, was through superhuman efforts there, saving him from the jeers of the Nation. In treating of Savannah, he also attacks Mr. Stanton for carelessness in connection with the captured cotton, and transactions relating thereto, while the records show not only that he had absolutely no foundation for his charges, but that in mo