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E. D. W. Breneman (search for this): chapter 16
the general-in-chief as chief commissary; thirty years after he became commissary-general of the army. Soon after General M. R. Patrick was made provost-marshal-general, and General George H. Sharpe was assigned to duty as his assistant. The latter officer rendered invaluable service in obtaining information regarding the enemy by his employment of scouts and his skill in examining prisoners and refugees. Captain Amos Webster was placed on duty as assistant quartermaster. Assistant Surgeon E. D. W. Breneman, U. S. A., was assigned to look after the health of those at headquarters; but the particularly robust condition of nearly all the officers he was prepared to attend made his work exceedingly light. In discussing at this time the large amount of rations which had to be supplied by the subsistence department, and the system required in its management, General Grant said: When I first had an independent command there were so few experienced men about me that I had to sit dow
James H. Wilson (search for this): chapter 16
oln movement against the Weldon Railroad Swapping horses Sheridan Returns where Pocahontas saved John Smith General James H. Wilson's raid the staff enlarged On June 21 Butler had thrown a pontoon-bridge across the James, and seized a positf the James, and the probabilities were that it would be detained there by Sheridan for some days, it was decided to send Wilson's division of cavalry, which had remained with the Army of the Potomac, and four regiments of the cavalry of the Army of rn, but that station was still in the hands of the enemy. The destruction of communications by Hunter, Sheridan, and Wilson gave the enemy serious alarm; but by dint of great effort he in time made the necessary repairs, and was again able to br felt anxious about the fate of the cavalry and the progress of Wright's corps, which had been sent to Reams's Station to Wilson's relief, but did not reach there in time. He rode out to the Petersburg front with his staff, held interviews with Mead
but they have proved their efficiency, and I am glad they have kept pace with the white troops in the recent assaults. When we wanted every able-bodied man who could be spared to go to the front, and my opposers kept objecting to the negroes, I used to tell them that at such times it was just as well to be a little color-blind. I think, general, we can say of the black boys what a country fellow who was an old-time abolitionist in Illinois said when he went to a theater in Chicago and saw Forrest playing Othello. He was not very well up in Shakespeare, and didn't know that the tragedian was a white man who had blacked up for the purpose. After the play was over the folks who had invited him to go to the show wanted to know what he thought of the actors, and he said: Waal, layin‘ aside all sectional prejudices and any partiality I may have for the race, derned ef I don't think the nigger held his own with any on 'em. The Western dialect employed in this story was perfect. The
George H. Sharpe (search for this): chapter 16
st Point, and were on terms of extreme intimacy. Ingalls was exceedingly popular in the army, and both officially and personally was regarded as an important acquisition to the staff. Lieutenant-colonel M. R. Morgan, an efficient and experienced officer of the commissary department, was added to the staff of the general-in-chief as chief commissary; thirty years after he became commissary-general of the army. Soon after General M. R. Patrick was made provost-marshal-general, and General George H. Sharpe was assigned to duty as his assistant. The latter officer rendered invaluable service in obtaining information regarding the enemy by his employment of scouts and his skill in examining prisoners and refugees. Captain Amos Webster was placed on duty as assistant quartermaster. Assistant Surgeon E. D. W. Breneman, U. S. A., was assigned to look after the health of those at headquarters; but the particularly robust condition of nearly all the officers he was prepared to attend made
John A. Rawlins (search for this): chapter 16
at he could afford to move a large portion of his force to his right for the purpose of such an attack. Hancock was much missed from the command of the Second Corps. It was quite natural that Meade should ask Grant to come in person to the lines in front of Petersburg, and it was another indication of the confidence which his subordinate commanders reposed in him. At eight o'clock on the morning of June 24 the general rode to the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, accompanied by Rawlins, myself, and two others of the staff. In discussing with Meade and some of the corps commanders the events of the two previous days, he gave particular instructions for operations on that part of the line. The guns of the siege-train which he had ordered now began to arrive from Washington. Meade was told that they would be sent to him immediately, and it was decided to spend the next few days in putting the guns and mortars into commanding positions, in the meanwhile permitting the troo
Robert T. Lincoln (search for this): chapter 16
Chapter 15 Lincoln's first visit to Grant's camp Lincoln at the front some anecdotes by Lincoln movement against the Weldon Railroad Swapping horses Sheridan Returns where Pocahonthe officer, and in the laugh at his expense Mr. Lincoln and the general both joined heartily. Gat any time. General Grant presented to Mr. Lincoln the officers of the staff who were present,nd Meade's commands were most interesting. Mr. Lincoln wore a very high black silk hat and black tve witnessed it unmoved. In the evening Mr. Lincoln gathered with General Grant and the staff id rather have a single photograph of one of Mr. Lincoln's jokes than own the negative of any other I replied, That is a trace. Oh, remarked Mr. Lincoln, that recalls what the poet wrote: sorrow hhe harness he didn't mention. That night Mr. Lincoln slept aboard the boat which had brought himthe river as far as it was safe to ascend. Mr. Lincoln was in excellent spirits, and listened wit[5 more...]
M. R. Morgan (search for this): chapter 16
n the organization of the staff. General Rufus Ingalls, who had distinguished himself by the exhibition of signal ability as chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty as chief quartermaster upon the staff of the general-in-chief. Grant and he had been classmates at West Point, and were on terms of extreme intimacy. Ingalls was exceedingly popular in the army, and both officially and personally was regarded as an important acquisition to the staff. Lieutenant-colonel M. R. Morgan, an efficient and experienced officer of the commissary department, was added to the staff of the general-in-chief as chief commissary; thirty years after he became commissary-general of the army. Soon after General M. R. Patrick was made provost-marshal-general, and General George H. Sharpe was assigned to duty as his assistant. The latter officer rendered invaluable service in obtaining information regarding the enemy by his employment of scouts and his skill in examining pr
Adam Badeau (search for this): chapter 16
The general was riding in the lead, followed by the staff in single file, with Badeau bringing up the rear. The trees were soon found to be so near together that a g in the path, and we turned out to tile left, where the woods were more open. Badeau's near-sightedness prevented him from seeing very far ahead, and he was not paye path with a tree on each side, between which he could scarcely squeeze. When Badeau's knees reached the trees his saddle was forced back, and as the horse strugglely slid off over the animal's tail. Then came the cry, See here, I'm off! and Badeau and the saddle were seen lying on the ground. The horse stepped out of the girwardness on the part of a rider was more laughable to him than to most people. Badeau, with the assistance of an orderly, had his horse resaddled, and, mounting agaisay: I can't help thinking how that horse succeeded in sneaking out from under Badeau at Bermuda Hundred. While the enemy's cavalry was north of the James, and th
colored troops of the Eighteenth Corps was soon reached, and a scene now occurred which defies description. They beheld for the first time the liberator of their race — the man who by a stroke of his pen had struck the shackles from the limbs of their fellow-bondmen and proclaimed liberty to the enslaved. Always impressionable, the enthusiasm of the blacks now knew no limits. They cheered, laughed, cried, sang hymns of praise, and shouted in their negro dialect, God bress Massa Linkum! De Lord save Fader Abraham! De day ob jubilee am come, shuah. They crowded about him and fondled his horse; some of them kissed his hands, while others ran off crying in triumph to their comrades that they had touched his clothes. The President rode with bared head; the tears had started to his eyes, and his voice was so broken by emotion that he could scarcely articulate the words of thanks and congratulation which he tried to speak to the humble and devoted men through whose ranks he rode. T
l James H. Wilson's raid the staff enlarged On June 21 Butler had thrown a pontoon-bridge across the James, and seized aompanied them, and the scenes encountered in visiting both Butler's and Meade's commands were most interesting. Mr. Lincolne next morning, stopping at Bermuda Hundred to take on General Butler. Admiral Lee came aboard from his flag-ship, and the pitions which had been seized and fortified, he remarked to Butler: When Grant once gets possession of a place, he holds on t direction. Wright's entire corps had been sent back from Butler's front to the Army of the Potomac, and Martindale's command had been returned to Butler, so that Meade's and Butler's armies were again complete. Meade's corps were disposed as folButler's armies were again complete. Meade's corps were disposed as follows, from right to left of the line: Burnside, Warren, Birney (Hancock's), Wright. On the morning of June 22, Wright's future. A day or two afterward, Grant paid a visit to Butler's lines; and while he and the staff were riding out to the
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