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until we get Richmond. That may be months yet. Accordingly he ordered a railroad to be built, to bring supplies from City Point to the national front at Petersburg, and the entire line of entrenchments to be strengthened from the James river on thal camps, striking the Blackwater river, in the rear of Meade's right wing. There were also strong entrenched works at City Point, to protect the base of the army, and batteries were established at intervals on the James, from Chapin's Bluff to Fort himself the condition of the field, but to discover the spirit and inclination of commanders. In the same way he left City Point on the 15th of September, to visit the Valley, and decide, after conference with his lieutenant, what order should be mromise, that Sheridan was the bearer of Peace propositions to Jefferson Davis from the North. Grant had returned to City Point on the 19th of September, and on the 20th, at two P. M., he telegraphed to Sheridan: I have just received the news of y
nd send it to you. Butler also was informed: If the enemy have detached largely, Meade may be able to carry Petersburg. If so, I can send him two corps, using railroads and steamers for the infantry. On account of this attack I want to remain here through the day. I will go to Deep Bottom, however, to meet you, leaving here at five A. M. Before daylight, accordingly, Grant went up the river to Deep Bottom, and finding everything quiet in that quarter, at eight o'clock he returned to City Point, and sent orders to Meade to move out and see if an advantage could be gained. General Butler's forces will remain where they are for the present, ready to advance, if found practicable. . . It seems to me the enemy must be weak enough at one or the other place to let us in. Meade, accordingly, with four divisions of infantry under Warren and Parke, advanced towards Poplar Spring church and Peeble's farm, about two miles west of the Weldon road, while Gregg's division of cavalry moved s
mill enemy's line found to extend further than expected Grant suspends operation returns to City Point, supposing connection made between Warren and Hancock enemy comes into gap between Fifth and e Second corps; but soon discovering the mistake, retraced their steps, and Grant proceeded to City Point, to communicate with Butler. Had they kept on, before long they must have been inside the rebll I make a trial, he asked, on this outstretched line? But the general-in-chief replied from City Point: Your despatch of 3.30 is only just received—too late to direct an attack. Hold on where you ountervallation. For the advance upon Richmond and Petersburg had in reality become a siege. City Point was a base of supplies, not a pivotal point; and if, in the extending movements, the assailingtomac entirely to the left, cutting loose from his base, and leaving only sufficient troops at City Point and in front of Petersburg to take care of themselves. He made known this intention to some o
Chapter 28: Grant at City Point simplicity of camp life traits of President Lincoln nal character of Grant wife and children at City Point military family preparations for Sherman'santon relations of Stanton and Grant. At City Point Grant lived a life of great simplicity. Aft character; and as we sat around our fire at City Point, he told stories by the hour of adventures is can I remember, during that long winter at City Point, when every one was asleep but the commanderastrous; it was he who, seated in his hut at City Point, balanced the armies, and put his troops firas and Sherman. Grant himself remained at City Point, closely watching every contingency, and holy quarter of the field, Grant travelled from City Point to Burlington, New Jersey, where his childrealley by Lee, and Grant sent word at once to City Point: Should such a thing occur, telegraph me, anatisfied this is so, send the Sixth corps to City Point without delay. If your cavalry can cut the [1 more...]
sixty miles. About half way between Columbia and Nashville, is Franklin. On the 24th of November, Grant returned to City Point from the North, and at four P. M. that day, he telegraphed to Thomas: Do not let Forrest get off without punishment. Td move yesterday? It is important he should do so without delay. In answer to this, Butler visited Grant in person at City Point, and received further instructions for Weitzel to move as soon as the fleet was ready. The same day Grant said to Admi capture of those places. That night General Butler embarked his troops at Bermuda Hundred. He proceeded himself to City Point, and then for the first time Grant learned his intention to accompany the expedition. The general-in-chief had not desant intended to proceed himself to the West, and assume control in person of all the operations there. He started from City Point, for this purpose, on the night of the 14th of December; but on arriving at Washington, on the 15th, was met by the new
shore, in case we are driven off by gales; but I can cover any number of troops, if it blows ever so hard. . . . We lost one man killed. You may judge what a simple business it was. I will work night and day to be ready. . . . Please impress the commander with the importance of consulting with me freely as regards weather and landing. Butler received no intimation of the renewal of the expedition. Grant simply telegraphed him on the 2nd of January: Please send Major-General Terry to City Point to see me this morning. I cannot go myself, he said to the Secretary of War, so long as Butler would be left in command. Grant was always slow to anger, and it was not till the accumulated testimony of naval and military officers convinced him that the failure was owing solely to Butler's military incapacity that he took decided measures. He often seemed to be worked gradually up to an important point, but, when once this was reached, he never receded. On the 4th of January, he asked
burg, they will be required where they are. No contingency was forgotten, no preparation omitted. And now Grant waited only for the arrival of Sheridan from the Pamunkey. On the 20th of March, he invited the President to pay him a visit at City Point. Lincoln assented at once, and arrived on the 22nd. On the 25th, Sherman, leaving Schofield in command, also started for City Point. He had not been summoned, but was naturally anxious to communicate in person with his chief after the long sCity Point. He had not been summoned, but was naturally anxious to communicate in person with his chief after the long series of important operations in which he had been engaged, as well as to receive orders in regard to his future movements. Grant met him at the steamboat landing, with more than a cordial welcome, and the great brothers in arms went together to pay their respects to the President. Admiral Porter was also present at the interview, and Lincoln listened with the keenest interest to Sherman's graphic story of his march. There was nothing like a council of war, for Grant never held one in his l
les away; and the rebel skirmishers, who were advancing towards the military railroad that connected Meade's front with City Point, were driven back to the line of works. The column that had turned to the national right was also checked, so that tim Neither guns nor colors were lost. This whole battle was fought by Parke, for Meade was at Grant's Headquarters, at City Point, when the first news of the attack was received; the rebels had cut the telegraphic wires, and intelligence came only bver been satisfactorily explained. Lee could hardly have hoped to do any serious damage to Grant's communications with City Point, and he massed too large a force for the assault to make it practicable for him, whether it succeeded or not, to move h began. The Fifth corps started according to orders at three A. M., and the Second at six. At nine o'clock Grant left City Point by the military railroad. The President accompanied him to the train, and wished him and his officers God-speed. Good
g anxiously in the adjutant-general's hut at City Point, for news from his armies: better news he go. At 6.40, Grant sent his first dispatch to City Point, for the President: Both Wright and Parke gorke. To the staff officer left in charge at City Point he said: Instruct Benham to get the men at CCity Point out to the outer lines, and have them ready. While all our forces are going in, some entele later he said to the officer in charge at City Point: Notify Mulford to make no more deliveries ooss. Grant now ordered up two brigades from City Point to the support of Parke. The line was rever0 P. M., the general-in-chief telegraphed to City Point: We are now up, and have a continuous line on motion, the generalin-chief telegraphed to City Point for the President: Petersburg was evacuated Soon after this he received a dispatch from City Point, announcing that the President was coming upn hour and a half, the President returned to City Point, and Grant set out to join Ord's column, hav[1 more...]
Union, but from a jealousy of the united nation, and a desire to see it fall to pieces. England, he said, had led the Southerners to believe she would assist them, and then deserted them when they most needed aid. When Grant broke camp at City Point on the 29th of March, his chief commissary of subsistence inquired what number of supplies should be carried for the troops, and the general-in-chief replied: Twelve days rations. The surrender of Lee occurred on the twelfth day. This was ne. It would be difficult to find words to describe more exactly the operations which actually occurred than these written in advance. The same general ideas, pervaded by the same spirit, were communicated to Sherman in person, when he visited City Point on the 28th; were explained to Lincoln, and again included in the final instructions to Meade and Sheridan and Ord. In all there was the same definiteness of outline and aim which always characterized Grant's strategy, and the same distinct int
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