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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter III (search)
ed at once to a large table on which maps were spread out, from which the general proceeded to explain at length the plans of the great campaign for which he was then preparing. Colonel Blair had, I believe, already been initiated, but I listened attentively for a long time, certainly more than an hour, to the elucidation of the project. In general outline the plan proposed a march of the main Army of the West through southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas to the valley of the Arkansas River, and thence down that river to the Mississippi, thus turning all the Confederate defenses of the Mississippi River down to and below Memphis. As soon as the explanation was ended Colonel Blair and I took our leave, making our exit through the same basement door by which we had entered. We walked down the street for some time in silence. Then Blair turned to me and said: Well, what do you think of him? I replied, in words rather too strong to repeat in print, to the effect that my opi
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter IV (search)
ediately. Blunt, hearing the sound of battle, moved rapidly toward Prairie Grove and attacked the enemy's left. The battle lasted all day, with heavy losses on both sides, and without any decided advantage to either side. At dark the enemy still held his position, but in the morning was found to be in full retreat across the mountains. A portion of our troops occupied the battle-field of Prairie Grove when I resumed command on December 29, and the remainder were making a raid to the Arkansas River, where they destroyed some property, and found that Hindman had retreated toward Little Rock. It was evident that the campaign in that part of the country for that season was ended. The question was What next? I took it for granted that the large force under my command—nearly 16,000 men—was not to remain idle while Grant or some other commander was trying to open the Mississippi River; and I was confirmed in this assumption by General Curtis's previous order to march eastward with two
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter V (search)
litary operations by stripping the department of troops to the lowest possible defensive limit. But this was what I had so earnestly urged before, when in a subordinate position; and I was glad to do it when the responsibility rested upon me. My loan of troops to Grant was returned with interest as soon as practicable after Vicksburg had fallen, and I was then able to advance a large force, under General Steele, for the capture of Little Rock, resulting in holding the entire line of the Arkansas River from that time forward. At that time I had met General Grant but once, and then for only a moment, and I have always assumed that the timely aid sent him at Vicksburg was the foundation for the kind and generous friendship and confidence which he ever afterward manifested toward me, and which, with the like manifestations of approval from President Lincoln, are to me the most cherished recollections of my official career. The appreciation of my action in Washington was expressed by
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
troubles, 79, 80, 84 Anti-slavery man, distinguished from abolitionist, 74 Appalachicola River, the, Sherman's proposed movement on, 317 Arkansas, Fremont's plan of campaign in, 49; importance of combining with Missouri and Tennessee in a department, 60, 61; Confederate movements in, 61; the emancipation proclamation in, 75; reinforcements for Steele in, 85; S. reclaims all of, 90; raids into Missouri from, 101; Steele commanding in, 112; included in Division of the Gulf, 447 Arkansas River, the, Fremont's plan of campaign on, 49; Confederate movements on, 61; Union raid on, 63; proposed movements on, 70; its control secured, 70 Arlington, Va., burial of Sheridan at, 467 Army. See United States army. Army of the Cumberland, the, its unwieldy size, 122, 139; in the Atlanta campaign, 123,129, 130; love for Thomas, 123, 239, 242; operations and dispositions in Tennessee, 166; Logan ordered to assume command, 239, 240; Thomas commanding, 275; dedicates the fields of Ch