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mpleted the circuit of the town. In front of Butler, on Bermuda Hundred, the rebel line was extremely strong, and like that north of the James, was intended to be held with a comparatively small force, until in an emergency reinforcements could arrive; but south and east of Petersburg, Lee kept his main army, and here he relied for defence on men rather than works, though here also the fortifications were elaborate and formidable. When the national forces crossed the James, in June, and Smith advanced against Petersburg, although Beauregard came up in time to save the town, the defences on the south and east were captured. Breastworks were thrown up in the night, in rear of the former position, and these were held until Lee's army arrived; but the original works were never regained. For about a mile and a half the new rebel line followed a ridge a quarter of a mile outside the town, and was made exceedingly strong. At intervals of two or three hundred yards, or more, according
can scrape, and Mobile must now be at our mercy, if General Canby and General Banks could send to Pascagoula ten thousand men; and on the 30th, he proposed that A. J. Smith's division should be reinforced and sent to act against Mobile, in concert with Admiral Farragut, according to the original plan. To this Grant replied, on thed be, not so much to assist Sherman against Johnston, as to secure for him a base of supplies, after his work is done. But it was found necessary to transfer A. J. Smith to West Tennessee and the Nineteenth corps to Virginia. Canby was therefore unable to send any force whatever to act against Mobile until late in July, and thewhile Kirby Smith had set out to cross the Mississippi and co-operate with the troops opposed to Sherman. These dispositions not only made it necessary to send A. J. Smith to the support of Rosecrans, who commanded in Missouri, but compelled Canby to abandon any idea of reinforcing Granger before Mobile. On the 29th of August, Gr
. At the same time Grant planned the transfer of A. J. Smith and Mower's commands from Missouri to Tennessee: ll drive Price out of the country in time to send A. J. Smith and Mower to Tennessee, before Hood can get far, so. General Rosecrans promises the two divisions of Smith and Mower belonging to me, but I doubt if they can rof Sherman's appearance there. At the same time, A. J. Smith had been ordered with ten thousand men, from Missr, remained confident. He had been notified that A. J. Smith was to reinforce him with ten thousand troops froing October, November, and December, 1864. Until Smith could arrive from Missouri and Wilson remount his cae spared two regiments from the Indian frontier, and Smith was making strenuous efforts to reach Tennessee fromson of those whose terms of service had expired; and Smith's arrival was delayed beyond all expectation. The Mements. On the 8th of November, he said: As soon as Smith's troops arrive and General Wilson has the balance o
t an early hour on the 30th, the advance of A. J. Smith's command arrived, at last. Thomas's combiemainder of his force, support the movement of Smith, while Schofield was still held somewhat in rethe earth till noon. Under this double cover, Smith and Wilson advanced along the Charlotte and Habout this time, McArthur, in command of one of Smith's divisions, sent word that he could carry theill on his right, by assault. Thomas was with Smith when the message arrived, and it was referred er side; for after the first break in front of Smith, there was no severe fighting. It was no lond the cavalry on either flank, in the fields. Smith and Schofield marched more leisurely behind. orps kept well closed up with the cavalry, but Smith followed no further than Pulaski, and Schofielin rear of Wood, to the point, on the right of Smith, where his presence was more important: and thult, had it gone into action immediately after Smith and Steedman arrived. Thomas's success was no[27 more...]
thing as it stands, and the country may well rejoice at it. Meanwhile the important operations on the North Carolina coast, so often contemplated, and so long delayed, had at last begun. The Cape Fear river runs due south from Wilmington to the Atlantic, a distance of twenty miles, and is separated from the sea by only a narrow peninsula, not more than a mile across, the extremity of which is known as Federal Point. At the mouth of the Cape Fear and directly south of Federal Point lies Smith's island, on either side of which are the two principal entrances to the river. The southern or outer channel was protected by Fort Caswell, on another island adjoining the mainland; and the northeast entrance, known as New Inlet, was commanded by Fort Fisher, which stretched across Federal Point from the river to the sea. Butler, it will be remembered, had been instructed that the object of the expedition would be gained when a landing was effected on the peninsula, north of the north entr
on the 26th of January, Grant directed Thomas to forward A. J. Smith's division to Canby, and three thousand cavalry to Vicksnd Grierson, with three thousand cavalry, to Vicksburg; A. J. Smith was sent to Canby, and Schofield to the Atlantic coast; force will consist of about twenty thousand men, besides A. J. Smith's command. The cavalry you have sent to Canby will be dcorps was withdrawn from the Department of the Gulf, and A. J. Smith brought back within the limits of Sherman's command. Inn August occurred the invasion of Missouri by Price, and A. J. Smith was ordered to report to Rosecrans. Nevertheless, for asecrans, and in December that commander was relieved, while Smith reported to Thomas at Nashville. All these operations we sent for Canby to organize two corps, naming Steele and A. J. Smith as commanders? I so understood. I am in receipt of a letter saying that Granger and [W. F.] Smith are the commanders. If so, I despair of any good service being done. On the 9th
e banks of which are thickly wooded. The road that crosses the bed was held by Smith, of Crook's command, on the extreme left of the line, and Gregg took position on the right of Smith. It was here the rebels made their first assault at ten o'clock in the morning. Their cavalry charged across the creek, but were driven back wa mile north of Dinwiddie. But Pickett, now abandoning the attempt in front of Smith, withdrew his infantry, and succeeded in effecting a crossing at a point nearerhed back Gregg and Gibbes to the court-house, while the rebel cavalry turned on Smith, who had so gallantly maintained the crossing of Chamberlain's creek in the morrmined bravery, but the heavy force brought against his flank finally compelled Smith to abandon the position on the creek, and fall back to the main line immediatell Sheridan reported his last position as north of Dinwiddie court-house, near Dr. Smith's, the enemy holding the cross-roads at that point. Should the enemy turn on
to ascertain if Lee was making any attempt to escape in that direction. Davies soon discovered that Sheridan's suspicions were correct. Lee was already moving a train of wagons toward Painesville, escorted by a considerable body of cavalry. Davies struck this force at the cross-roads, defeated the cavalry, burned a hundred and eighty wagons, and captured five pieces of artillery and several hundred prisoners. The rebels promptly sent out a force of infantry to attack and cut him off; but Smith and Gregg's brigades of Crook's division were at once dispatched to the support of Davies. A heavy fight ensued, and the rebel attempt was repelled. By two o'clock Meade had arrived at Jetersville, in advance of the Second corps, which came up an hour later. Meade, however, was still unwell, and requested Sheridan to put the army of the Potomac in position as it arrived. Accordingly Sheridan put two divisions of Humphreys on the left of the Fifth corps, and one on the right, while Mead
scattered stores, fourteen guns, and several thousand prisoners, but was checked by the news of the surrender of both the great rebel armies. On the 27th of March, Canby's force arrived before Mobile; it was in three divisions, commanded by A. J. Smith, Gordon Granger, and Steele. Smith and Granger were ordered to attack Spanish Fort, on the eastern side of Mobile bay, while Steele invested Blakely, above the town. Both these places were taken on the 9th of April, Blakely by assault, and aSmith and Granger were ordered to attack Spanish Fort, on the eastern side of Mobile bay, while Steele invested Blakely, above the town. Both these places were taken on the 9th of April, Blakely by assault, and after severe and gallant fighting on both sides; and on the 11th, Mobile was evacuated. In these operations two hundred guns were captured, and four thousand prisoners; but the bulk of the garrison, nine thousand in number, escaped. Wilson's command, consisting of twelve thousand five hundred mounted men, marched south from the Tennessee river into the heart of Alabama. Forrest was in front with a motley force, made up of conscripts and local militia: old men and boys, clergymen, physician
ran Reserve Corps8327332751,0911,096 —————————————— Total2,54557,8592,50957,0254,646104,764109,410 November 30, 1864. 4th Corps76616,20072415,3781,41730,35831,775 23d Corps49410,03349410,03391420,45621,370 Detach. Army of the Tenn. A. J. Smith's Divisions.4888,8434838,28490518,58519,490 Cavalry43110,4534538,15985718,92219,779 District of Tennessee70416,91168816,9351,06024,55025,610 District of Etowah.2106,8641996,75741811,10511,528 Reserve Brigade2588025880631,7691,832 Unassignteran Reserve Corps1549815498181,1101,128 —————————————— Total3,17672,1213,12968,3235,724128,962134,686 December 10, 1864. 4th Corps68614,41564613,5261,35228,44029,792 28d Corps4969,7814889,71981218,85619,668 Detach Army of the Tenn A. J. Smith's Divisions.58111,3455619,9901,00421,41922,423 Cavalry56614,1334647,7751,08225,43326,515 District of Tennessee65315,85063715,8841,02924,14825,172 District of Etowah2377,6122097,54147312,55313
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