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George H. Thomas (search for this): chapter 7
d to give me 10,000 additional troops from General Thomas's army at Chattanooga, and to let me beginelayed because of some operations in which General Thomas was to engage. Nevertheless, I advanced oal departments, united for that campaign. General Thomas was, naturally enough, disinclined to partthe commander whom they revered. Besides, General Thomas had had much greater experience in the comcesses that characterized our operations. General Thomas's command often proved unwieldy and slow fn estimated Johnston's force at about 60,000. Thomas's position in front of Rocky-face Ridge was viosition between Dalton and Resaca. As it was, Thomas should have followed close upon his rear throus not seem at all certain that this, which was Thomas's plan to throw the entire Army of the Cumberlarapet. He replied that he was ordered by General Thomas only to support me, and that he would do nfacts were immediately reported to Sherman and Thomas. I do not know what action, if any, was taken[3 more...]
Connasauga River (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
n body of Johnston's army; and this must have been done in a single day, starting from the debouche of Snake Creek Gap, the troops moving by a single, common country road. Johnston's whole army, except a small rear-guard, would by the use of three roads have been in position to attack McPherson at dawn of day the next morning, while the main body of Sherman's army was far away on the other side of Rocky-face. Or if McPherson had not held the entire natural position as far east as the Connasauga River, Johnston could have passed round him in the night. It seems to me certain that McPherson's force was too small to have taken and held that position. Indeed it does not seem at all certain that, however large his force might have been, he could have put troops enough in position before night to accomplish the object of cutting off Johnston's retreat. The case was analogous to that of Hood's crossing Duck River in November of that year, and trying to cut off our retreat at Spring Hill
Arkansas (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
addition to, or in opposition to, theirs. If the Senate is not satisfied with such testimony, I can't help it. I never have and never will resort to buncombe for the purpose of securing my own advancement. If I cannot gain promotion by legitimate means, I do not want it at all. . . . In all this time I have yet to hear the first word of disapproval, from my superior officer, of any one of my military operations (unless I except Curtis, who disapproved of my pursuing Hindman so far into Arkansas), and in general have received high commendation from my superiors, both for my military operations and administration. I would rather have this record without a major-general's commission, than to gain the commission by adding to my reputation one grain of falsehood. . . . Grant was here in the winter, and Sherman only a few days ago. They are fully acquainted with the condition of affairs. I have been acting all the time under their instructions, and I believe with their entire appro
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ed States, nor even all of them together, can command an army. I rather think if you let Grant alone, and let him have his own way, he will end the war this year. At all events, the next ninety days will show whether he will or not. I find this letter is both too long and too ill-natured. I feel too much as if I would like to whip somebody anyhow, so I will stop where I am. Let me hear from you again soon. Yours very truly, J. M. Schofield. Hon. J. B. Henderson, U. S. Senate, Washington, D. C. Of course I knew the advice of my friend Senator Henderson was not intended to be taken seriously, but only as expressing his view, much the same as my own, of the then existing situation in the Senate. But it gave me, all the same, the opportunity I wanted to give his brother senators, through him, a piece of my mind. General Sherman, on a visit to Knoxville about the end of March, a few days before the date of the foregoing letter, disclosed to me his general plans for the co
Knoxville (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
pter VII Condition of the troops at Knoxville effect of the promotion of Grant and Shermaing of a faulty system. I arrived at Knoxville, Tennessee, on February 8, 1864, and the next day neral John G. Foster. The troops then about Knoxville were the Ninth Corps, two divisions of the Teft with General Burnside after the siege of Knoxville was raised by General Sherman. The Ninth field. Such was the result of the siege of Knoxville, and such the Army of the Ohio when I becamemovement had failed, the troops returning to Knoxville with the loss of considerable material. In ast Tennessee. It was even apprehended that Knoxville might be in danger; and an advance of Longstsoldier. headquarters, army of the Ohio, Knoxville, Tenn., April 15, 1864. dear Senator: I have f my mind. General Sherman, on a visit to Knoxville about the end of March, a few days before thnks and complete equipment, newly clad, from Knoxville toward Dalton. My next thought was to win
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
have rendered, I shall not condescend to humbug them into the belief that I have done something which I really have not. You ask me what are the prospects of putting down the rebellion. I answer unhesitatingly that when the management of military matters is left to military men, the rebellion will be put down very quickly, and not before. I regard it as having been fully demonstrated that neither the Senate, nor the House of Representatives, nor the newspapers, nor the people of the United States, nor even all of them together, can command an army. I rather think if you let Grant alone, and let him have his own way, he will end the war this year. At all events, the next ninety days will show whether he will or not. I find this letter is both too long and too ill-natured. I feel too much as if I would like to whip somebody anyhow, so I will stop where I am. Let me hear from you again soon. Yours very truly, J. M. Schofield. Hon. J. B. Henderson, U. S. Senate, Washington,
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
,000 animals with which General Burnside had gone into East Tennessee, scarcely 1000 remained fit for service; while his armhe Confederate army under Longstreet still remained in East Tennessee. A movement had recently been made by our troops, undiety was felt in Washington regarding the situation in East Tennessee. It was even apprehended that Knoxville might be in dore than observe Longstreet as he leisurely withdrew from Tennessee and joined Lee in Virginia, and prepare for the campaign rnment could not afford to leave Longstreet's force in East Tennessee during the summer. He must join Lee or Johnston befor public reports of what had been done, or not done, in East Tennessee, and the Military Committee of the Senate reported agausy of my senior brother commanders of the Cumberland and Tennessee. My first care was to provide my men with all necessarordinate position in the campaigns of 1864 in Georgia and Tennessee, I shall not attempt to write a full account of those cam
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
criticism of General Sherman's acts or words shall seem unkind or be considered unjust, I can only disclaim any such feeling, and freely admit that it would be wholly unworthy of the relations that always existed between us. I write not for the present, but for the future, and my only wish is to represent the truth as it appears to me. If I fail to see it clearly, I do but condemn myself. History will do impartial justice. Having been in a subordinate position in the campaigns of 1864 in Georgia and Tennessee, I shall not attempt to write a full account of those campaigns, but shall limit myself to such comments as seem to me to be called for upon the already published histories of those campaigns. In estimating the merits of Sherman's Memoirs, The following was written in 1875, soon after the appearance of the first edition. it should be remembered that he does not, and does not claim to, occupy the position of a disinterested, impartial historian. He writes, not for the pu
French Broad River (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
nooga, and to let me begin the campaign against Longstreet at once. But on February 16 he informed me that the movement would have to be delayed because of some operations in which General Thomas was to engage. Nevertheless, I advanced on the 24th with what force I had, at the same time sending a reconnaissance south of the French Broad River to ascertain the nature of a hostile movement reported in that direction. Upon our advance, Longstreet's troops withdrew across the Holston and French Broad and retreated toward Morristown. His advance had evidently been intended only to cover an attempted cavalry raid upon our rear, which the high water in the Little Tennessee rendered impracticable. We now occupied Strawberry Plains, rebuilt the railroad bridge, pushed forward the construction of a bateau bridge which had been commenced, in the meantime using the bateaux already constructed to ferry the troops across the river. In this manner we were able to advance as far as Morristow
French Broad River (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ce, and to maintain it as far as possible. Early in February General Grant had proposed to give me 10,000 additional troops from General Thomas's army at Chattanooga, and to let me begin the campaign against Longstreet at once. But on February 16 he informed me that the movement would have to be delayed because of some operations in which General Thomas was to engage. Nevertheless, I advanced on the 24th with what force I had, at the same time sending a reconnaissance south of the French Broad River to ascertain the nature of a hostile movement reported in that direction. Upon our advance, Longstreet's troops withdrew across the Holston and French Broad and retreated toward Morristown. His advance had evidently been intended only to cover an attempted cavalry raid upon our rear, which the high water in the Little Tennessee rendered impracticable. We now occupied Strawberry Plains, rebuilt the railroad bridge, pushed forward the construction of a bateau bridge which had been
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