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sume (assume?) the command? Answer quick. Compare these remarks about hesitation and delay with Halleck's dispatch to Grant, of two days before, limiting operations. On the morning of the surrender, when General Buckner congratulated Smith on the gallant charge which had carried the works the night before, the old hero replied: Yes, it was well done, considering the smallness of the force that did it. No congratulations are due me. I simply obeyed orders. See speech of Brevet Major-General Rawlins, chief of staff to General Grant, before the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, November 15th, 1866. This speech has afforded me much assistance. Its record of dates is especially invaluable. Neither did the government agree with Halleck, that Smith should receive the honors of this victory. The Secretary of War at once recommended Grant for a major-generalcy of volunteers, and the President nominated him the same day. The Senate was in session, and confirmed the nominat
Buell; the heavy firing was heard, of course, for Pittsburg Landing is only nine miles from Savanna, by the river, and not more than six, in a direct line. An order was instantly dispatched to General Nelson, Savanna, April 6, 1862. Brig.-Gen. Wm. Nelson, commanding Division in Buell's Army: An attack having been made on our forces, you will move your entire command to the river opposite Pittsburg. You can easily obtain a guide in the village. By order of Major-General Grant: John A. Rawlins, A. A. G. to move his entire command to the river bank, opposite Pittsburg; and Grant went aboard a transport at seven o'clock, and started in person for the front, first sending a note to Buell in these words: Heavy firing is heard up the river, indicating plainly that an attack has been made upon our most advanced posi. tions. I have been looking for this, but did not believe the attack could be made before Monday or Tuesday. This necessitates my joining the forces up the river, ins
e country, which was in no temper to endure another reverse; he was determined to take no step backward, and so declared. Sherman thereupon returned to his own headquarters, and, on the 8th of April, addressed a formal communication to Lieutenant-Colonel Rawlins, Grant's chief of staff, in which he again set forth the advantages of the route he had recommended, and suggested that Grant should call on all his corps commanders for their views. Let the line of the Yallabusha be the base, he sairefer he should not answer them, but merely give them as much or as little weight as they deserve; whatever plan of action he may adopt will receive from me the same zealous cooperation and energetic support as though conceived by myself. Colonel Rawlins handed the paper to Grant without saying a word; Grant read it carefully but in silence, and after the perusal was finished made no comment. The orders were not revoked, the council of war was not called, and the letter has never since been
of the Seventeenth, amounting in all to nearly nineteen thousand men. Throughout this work I am indebted to Brevet Major-General Rawlins, chief of staff to the General of the Army, for estimates of both national and rebel forces and losses. GenerGeneral Rawlins was with Grant from the outset of his career, and always in his confidence. He knew, as well as anybody could, the exact number of troops brought into the field on each occasion; and every officer of experience is aware how frequently such numbers differ from those borne on the rolls. General Rawlins has entered into minute calculations of regiments and batteries, so that my statements may be taken without qualification. I have especially striven to avoid under-estimates of natiod authenticity this volume may possess, in other departments besides that of statistics, to the remarkable memory of General Rawlins--a memory almost never at fault, and which my researches have corroborated hundreds of times. The country at this pl
n command; but Sherman suggested that it might facilitate public business if the routine of headquarters remained unchanged. During Grant's absence, therefore, all orders were issued in his name and by his chief-of-staff, but with the advice and concurrence of Sherman. One of these orders happened to be of importance. Directions were received from Halleck for the immediate reenforcement of Steele, then commanding the movement in Arkansas, intended to cooperate with Banks's campaign. General Rawlins, Grant's chief-of-staff, thereupon consulted with both Sherman and McPherson, and John E. Smith's division of the Seventeenth corps was sent to the assistance of Steele. This was but one among many instances of the remarkable harmony which prevailed in the command. With such men, said Grant, as Sherman and McPherson, commanding corps or armies, there will never be any jealousies or lack of hearty cooperation . Between the two I would have no choice, and the army does not afford an off
. On the 8th of March, he arrived at the capital, where he had never spent more than one day before. The President had never seen his face, and the Secretary of War had met him, for the first time, at Louisville, in the October preceding. At one o'clock, on the 9th of March, Grant was formally received by the President, in the cabinet chamber. There were present all the members of his cabinet, Major-General Halleck, general-in-chief, two members of General Grant's staff, Brigadier-General Rawlins and Lieutenant-Colonel Comstock. the President's secretary, a single member of Congress, and Grant's eldest son, who had been with him at Jackson, and Vicksburg, and at Champion's hill. After Grant had been presented to the members of the cabinet, Mr. Lincoln read the following words: General Grant, the nation's appreciation of what you have done, and its reliance upon you for what remains to be done in the existing great struggle, are now presented, with this commission constit
eston press wagons to carry them to the main column. There you will find sufficient transportation to release the pressed wagons. U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General. Special order. on board steamer Belle of Memphis, November 7, 1861, 2 o'clock A. M. The troops composing the present expedition from this place will move promptly at six o'clock this morning. The gunboats will take the advance, and be followed by the First brigade, under command of Brigadier-General John A. Mc-Clernand, composed of all the troops from Cairo and Fort Holt. The Second brigade, comprising the remainder of the troops of the expedition, commanded by Colonel John Dougherty, will follow. The entire force will debark at the lowest point on the Missouri shore, where a landing can be effected in security from the rebel batteries. The point of debarkation will be designated by Captain Walke, commanding naval forces. By order of U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General John A. Rawlins, Assistant Adjutant-General.
nated from the First division, and one brigade at Fort Heiman, Kentucky, to be designated by General Smith commanding. By order of Brigadier-General Grant. John A. Rawlins, Assistant Adjutant-General. Second field order for March to Fort Donelson. General field orders, no. 11. headquarters, District of Cairo, Fort Henry, Te is impossible to give exact details of attack, but the necessary orders will be given on the field. By order of Brigadier-General U. S. Grant, commanding. John A. Rawlins, Assistant Adjutant-General. General Buckner to General Grant. headquarters, Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862. sir: In consideration of all the circumseing unable to call on me, in consequence of a wound received the day before. My staff, Colonel J. D. Webster, First Illinois artillery, chief of staff; Captain J. A. Rawlins, assistant adjutant-general; First Lieutenants C. B. Lagow and William S. Hillyer, aides; and Lieutenant-Colonel J. B. McPherson, chief engineer, and Colon
the world. Whilst congratulating the brave and gallant soldiers, it becomes the duty of the general commanding to make special notice of the brave wounded and those killed upon the field. Whilst they leave friends and relations to mourn their loss, they have won a nation's gratitude and undying laurels not to be forgotten by future generations, who will enjoy the blessings of the best government the sun ever shone upon, preserved by their valor. By command of Major-General Grant. John A. Rawlins, Assistant Adjutant-General. General Grant to General Buell. headquarters, District of West Tennessee, Pittsburg, April 7, 1862. Major-General D. C. Buell, commanding Army of the Ohio: When I left the field this evening, my intention was to occupy the most advanced position possible for the night with the infantry engaged through the day, and follow up our success with cavalry and fresh troops, expected to arrive during my last absence on the field. The great fatigue of our men
on of General Sherman's views, and contains simply a confidential remark, entirely distinct from the remainder of the letter.] General Sherman to Colonel Rawlins. headquarters, Fifteenth army corps, camp near Vicksburg, April 8, 1863. Colonel J. A. Rawlins, A. A. G. to General Grant: sir,—I would most respectfully suggest, for reasons which I will not name, that General Grant call on his corps commanders for their opinions, concise and positive, on the best general plan of campaign. Unls detailed for the protection of the line from here to New Carthage. His particular attention is called to General Orders No. 69, from Adjutant-General's office, Washington, of date March 20, 1863. By order of Major-General U. S. Grant. John A. Rawlins, Assistant-Adjutant General. Smith's plantation, La., April 18, 1863. Major-General J. A. McCLERNAND, commanding Thirteenth Army Corps: I would still repeat former instructions, that possession be got of Grand Gulf at the very earliest
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