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Kentucky (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
had visited Cincinnati, the principal city of his native State, and Louisville, the principal city of the adjoining State of Kentucky; he had also been out as far as Wheeling in Virginia, and now, if he went to West Point, he would have the opportun western bank of the Mississippi, with the object of preventing the Confederates who were in strong force at Columbus in Kentucky, on the eastern bank, from detaching troops to the West. He succeeded in his object, and his troops, who came under firs at Vicksburg and Chattanooga. In the dead of the winter, with the thermometer below zero, he made an excursion into Kentucky, and had the pleasure of finding the people along his route, both in Tennessee and Kentucky, in general intensely loyal Kentucky, in general intensely loyal to the Union: They would collect in little places where we would stop of evenings, to see me. The people naturally expected to see the commanding general the oldest person in the party. I was then forty-one years of age, while my medical direc
Cairo, Ill. (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
st he was appointed to the command of a district, and on the 4th of September assumed command at Cairo, where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi. His first important success was to seize and fortify Paducah, an important post at the mouth of the Tennessee River, about fifty miles from Cairo. By the 1st of November he had 20,000 well-drilled men under his command. In November-he fought a smanot uttered many sentences before I was cut short as if my plan was preposterous. I returned to Cairo very much crest-fallen. He persevered, however, and after consulting with the officer commanding the gunboats at Cairo, he renewed, by telegraph, the suggestion that, if permitted, he could take and hold Fort Henry on the Tennessee. This time he was backed by the officer in command of the gmpetent authority, without application or the use of influence to change his position. While at Cairo I had watched with very great interest the operations of the Army of the Potomac, looking upon t
ourse, no opinion to offer. So far as the general European reader might still be attracted to such a history,ssues at stake and of the personages engaged, we in Europe have, it cannot be denied, in approaching an Americ Texas was annexed, a territory larger than the Austrian Empire; and after taking military possession of Texas,shment of George Sand during the German war, to see Europe looking on with indifference to the danger of such he resembles the Duke of Wellington. The eyes of Europe, during the War of Secession, were chiefly fixed onh Anna and Cold Harbour, was watched at the time in Europe with keen attention, and is much better known than at I must call the American vein, better than any European soldiers. And the reason assigned for this boast y worked like a machine, but the machine thought. European armies know very little what they are fighting ford do not embrace Grant's Presidency, his journey to Europe, his financial disaster, his painful illness and de
Charleston (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
ent to be sworn into office in March 1861, to travel as President-elect; he had to be smuggled into Washington. When he took on the 4th of March his oath of office to maintain the Union, eleven States had gone out of it. On the 11th of April, Fort Sumter in Charleston harbour was fired upon, and a few days after was captured. Then the President issued a call for 75,000 men. There was not a State in the North of a million inhabitants, says Grant, that would not have furnished the entire numberCharleston harbour was fired upon, and a few days after was captured. Then the President issued a call for 75,000 men. There was not a State in the North of a million inhabitants, says Grant, that would not have furnished the entire number faster than arms could have been supplied to them, if it had been necessary. As soon as news of the call for volunteers reached Galena, where Grant lived, the citizens were summoned to meet at the Court House in the evening. The Court House was crammed. Grant, though a comparative stranger, was called upon to preside, because he had been in the army, and had seen service. With much embarrassment and some prompting, I made out to announce the object of the meeting. Speeches followed; then
America (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
Americans in the rage for comparison-making beat the world. Whatever excellence is mentioned, America must, if possible, be brought in to balance or surpass it. That fine and delicate naturalist, M The contribution of Scotland to this literature is far more serious and important than that of America has yet had time to be; yet a Primer of Scotch Literature would be an absurdity. And these thiw Countries, but was invaluable in such campaigns as those which Grant and Sherman conducted in America. When the batteries at Vicksburg were to be run with hired river steamers, there were naturalln Low, Marston & Co., and that its circulation here, though trifling indeed compared to that in America, has been larger than I supposed. But certainly the book has not been read here anything like m bring forth more Maxims of Poor Richard; instead of assurances that they are the greatest nation upon earth, let them give us more Lees, Lincolns, Shermans, and Grants. A word about America.
Gettysburg (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
rly thirty-two thousand men, ordnance and stores. As Grant had fore. seen, Port Hudson surrendered as soon as the fall of Vicksburg became known, and the great river was once more open from St. Louis to the sea. In the north the victory of Gettysburg was won on the same day on which Vicksburg surrendered. A load of anxiety was lifted from the minds of the President and his ministers; the North took heart again, and resolved to continue the war with energy, in the hope of soon bringing it test of his ability wherever placed. Grant assured him that he had no thought of moving him, and in his Memoirs, after relating what had passed, he adds: This incident gave me even a more favorable opinion of Meade than did his great victory at Gettysburg the July before. It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may always expect the most efficient service. He tried to make Meade's position as nearly as possible what it would have been had he himself been away in
Illinois (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
went into our leather store after that meeting, to put up a package or do other business. After seeing the company mustered at Spring. field, the capital of Illinois, Grant was asked by the Governor of the State to give some help in the military office, where his old army experience enabled him to be of great use. But on the wice, but failed to see him. While he was at Cincinnati, however, the President issued his second call for troops, this time for 300,000 men; and the Governor of Illinois, mindful of Grant's recent help, appointed him colonel of the 21st Illinois regiment of infantry. In a month he had brought his regiment into a good state of dr had his. The lesson was valuable. But already he inspired confidence. Shortly after his return from the Salt River, the President asked the Congressmen from Illinois to recommend seven citizens of that State for the rank of brigadier-general, and the Congressmen unanimously recommended Grant first on the list. In August he w
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 1
smart, and it is one of his merits. The United States Senator for Ohio procured for young Grant,48 was signed the treaty which gave to the United States Texas with the Rio Grande for its boundaryut to uphold the power and grandeur of the United States, thought themselves quite free to wish wellar and unaristocratic institutions of the United States, and be therefore averse to any weakening the horses they were then riding; that the United States did not want them, and he would therefore zarin says, heureux; and such a leader the United States found in General Grant. He concludes hiown country and some remarks on ours. The United States, he says, are going on as if in the greatetime until we could prepare for them. The United States should have a good navy, and our sea-coastperation. The hostility of England to the United States, during our rebellion, was not so much reas of one political party. England and the United States are natural allies, and should be the best[6 more...]
Louisville (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
d. He said he thought I would, and I thought so too, if he did. I really had no objection to going to West Point, except that I had a very exalted idea of the acquirements necessary to get through. I did not believe I possessed them, and could not bear the idea of failing. He did go. Although he had no military ardour he desired to see the world. Already he had seen more of it than most of the boys of his village; he had visited Cincinnati, the principal city of his native State, and Louisville, the principal city of the adjoining State of Kentucky; he had also been out as far as Wheeling in Virginia, and now, if he went to West Point, he would have the opportunity of seeing Philadelphia and New York. When these places were visited, he says, I would have been glad to have had a steamboat or railroad collision, or any other accident happen, by which I might have received a temporary injury sufficient to make me ineligible for awhile to enter the Academy. He took his time on the
Jackson (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
ed from this moment his success was continuous. The enemy had at Grand Gulf, at Haines Bluff north of Vicksburg, and at Jackson, the capital of the State of Mississippi, in which State all these places are, about 60,000 men. After fighting and losie railroad running east from Vicksburg to Jackson, the State capital, and to approach the stronghold from that side. At Jackson was a strong Confederate force, the city was an. important railway centre, and all supplies of men and stores for Vicksb to cut loose from his base of supplies altogether. He did so without hesitation. After a successful action he entered Jackson on the 14th of May, driving out of it the Confederates under General Johnston, and destroyed the place in so far as it we. Let us remember Carrier at Nantes, or Davoust at Hamburg, and then look at Grant's picture of himself and Sherman at Jackson, when their troops had just driven the enemy out of this capital of a rebel State, and were destroying the stores and wa
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