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C. A. Young (search for this): chapter 6
rters army of the Potomac, September 16, 1863. The enclosed correspondence will explain itself. The day I received Mr. Young's letter, there was visiting at my camp the Hon. John Covode, of Pennsylvania, and Colonel Puleston, a friend of Governcontrary, admired the skill with which I praised Curtin without alluding to his political position. I do not know what Mr. Young will say or do, but it is his fault, or rather that of his reporter, and not mine, if he has been placed in a false postlantic fourteen times. He seemed greatly interested with everything we showed him. To-day Gouverneur Paulding and a Dr. Young, of Cold Spring, New York, have been here to present General Warren with a sword. Paulding I have known from a boy, and Dr. Young married a daughter of old Parson Hawley, of Washington. They also have been delighted with their visit. Headquarters army of the Potomac, Culpeper C. H., October 4, 1863. I have been very busy writing my report of the battle of
and despatches were contradictory, and referred to numerous officers who ought to have and would have known if I entertained any idea of the kind. This attack on General Meade, was continued until long after the war, and even after his death, when, in defence of General Meade, Colonel Meade published in 1883 a pamphlet entitled, Did General Meade Desire to Retreat at the Battle of Gettysburg? For pamphlet, see Appendix Y. I find I have three warm friends on the committee—Odell of New York, Gooch of Massachusetts, and Harding of Oregon. It is believed Wade, of Ohio, is favorably inclined. If either he or one of the others should prove so, it would make a majority in my favor. Old Zach Chandler is my bitterest foe and will show me no quarter. While going up to Washington I had a long and satisfactory talk with Grant, who has expressed himself and acted towards me in the most friendly manner. Among other things he said he heard Horace Greeley had been in Washington, demandin
Horatio G. Wright (search for this): chapter 6
cated works and position. Among these officers I could name Generals Sedgwick, Wright, Slocum, Hays, Sykes, and others. The idea that Lee had abandoned his lines ther have gone himself or sent me earlier. He has given the supreme command to Wright, who is an excellent officer. I expect that after the rebels find Washington tng we have a telegram reporting the withdrawal of the enemy across the Potomac, Wright in pursuit. Just as I expected. It also states there is a rumor that Frankliny more troops should be detached; in the meantime, Sheridan was sent to command Wright's Corps and the division of cavalry already sent. I am a little doubtful aboutewed Crawford's Division, and then rode to the front line and saw the firing on Wright's front, at the fort where you were, where a pretty sharp fight was going on. Indeed, Humphreys and Wright were fighting till eight o'clock, with very good results, taking over one thousand prisoners from the enemy, and inflicting heavy losses i
Francis Wister (search for this): chapter 6
ought my leg was gone, as I felt and heard the blow plainly, but it only rubbed the leather of my riding-boot, without even bruising the skin. Afterwards Colonel Lyman had the shell dug up, and is going to preserve it. How would you like to have me back minus a leg and on crutches? I have seen your brother Willie several times. He seems in good spirits and quite pleased at being assigned to the Army of the Potomac instead of Butler's army. I had no place on my staff for your friend Captain Wister, but General Humphreys will take him for the present, as two of his aides have just left him, their times being out, though they intend trying to get new commissions to rejoin him. George Son of General Meade. is quite well. He was in the crowd when the shell dropped among us. Headquarters army of the Potomac, October 7, 1864. I was afraid you would be uneasy at not hearing from me during our recent operations, but my headquarters were some five or six miles from the scene of ac
Tully Wise (search for this): chapter 6
our recent move we captured Peyton Wise, Lieutenant Colonel Forty-sixth Virginia Infantry. You may remember him as Mrs. Tully Wise's bright boy, when we were first married. I did not see him, as he was taken to City Point before I knew of his cap proper feeling. I understood if our men had gotten a little further into the enemy's works, they would have captured General Wise, Henry A. Wise, brother-in-law of Mrs. Meade. as he was not far from the place where Peyton was taken. Grant hasge business matters, I went to see Nene Wise, whom I found living with Mrs. Dr. Garnett. At Mrs. Garnett's I saw Mrs. Tully Wise, who was all last summer in Columbia, South Carolina, and there met Mrs. Alfred Huger with Mariamne's Sister of Me's children. Mr. Huger at this time was Postmaster of Charleston, and used to come up and spend Sundays at Columbia. Mrs. Wise had not heard from them since Sherman's occupation. I have already written you that I expect to be in Washington by
Peyton Wise (search for this): chapter 6
ral loss—killed, wounded, and missing—9,665 (O. R.). I think I wrote you on the 17th that I was fighting Mr. Wise. Since then I have seen a Petersburg paper, announcing the wounding severely of George D. Wise, his nephew and aide, also of Peyton Wise, another nephew and aide-de-camp. On the 18th we found the enemy had retired to an inner line, which I had reason to believe was not strongly fortified. I followed them and immediately attacked them with my whole force, but could not breakature, I don't doubt he would before now have taken some action, either in his official despatches, or in some other way given publicity to such opinions of my services as would set at rest these idle stories. In our recent move we captured Peyton Wise, Lieutenant Colonel Forty-sixth Virginia Infantry. You may remember him as Mrs. Tully Wise's bright boy, when we were first married. I did not see him, as he was taken to City Point before I knew of his capture, but I sent word to General Pa
Nene Wise (search for this): chapter 6
h well, and greatly delighted with the idea of getting so near home as Washington, with the hope that, whatever turns up, I shall be able to spend a little time at home. Richmond, Va., May 3, 1865. I arrived here about 11 A. M. to-day, in advance of the army, to make arrangements for its passing through this city. It is to have a triumphal march through, and be received by all the troops now in the city. As soon after getting here as I could arrange business matters, I went to see Nene Wise, whom I found living with Mrs. Dr. Garnett. At Mrs. Garnett's I saw Mrs. Tully Wise, who was all last summer in Columbia, South Carolina, and there met Mrs. Alfred Huger with Mariamne's Sister of Mrs. Meade and wife of Thomas B. Huger, C. S. A. children. She says the children are all sweet, and that Mr. and Mrs. Huger are devoted to them, but that Mr. Huger has lost everything, and is now very poor, that he is old and infirm, and will not probably live long. She says Mr. Huger's h
Johnny Wise (search for this): chapter 6
st, clearly proving that at this moment there is no peace. I fear there is not much chance of any agreement between the contending parties until more decided successes are gained on our side. I would have liked to have sent a few lines to Johnny Wise by the Commissioners, but they went up the river, and did not pass through my lines. Headquarters army of the Potomac, February 7, 1865. I have not written you for several days, owing to being very much occupied with military operations. his army. We are now at Farmville, on the Appomattox, Lee having started for Danville; but we cut him off and forced him back towards Lynchburg. I am happy to tell you that I have reliable intelligence from Confederate officers that neither Mr. Wise Henry A. Wise, brother-in-law of Mrs. Meade. nor his sons are dead. George is quite well, and has, with Lyman and Dr. McParlin, taken good care of me. Major Smyth joined us just as we were moving, and has had a grand opportunity to see eve
Henry A. Wise (search for this): chapter 6
lly, to get some news of the Wises. General Henry A. Wise and son, brother-in-law and nephew of Mrs. Meade. Mr. Wise's command undoubtedly went with Longstreet to Tennessee, but whether he went I what command they belonged, Wise's General Henry A. Wise, brother-in-law of Mrs. Meade. Legion. him, and they replied, he had two aides, named Wise, one of whom was his son and the other a nephewk I wrote you on the 17th that I was fighting Mr. Wise. Since then I have seen a Petersburg paper, they would have captured General Wise, Henry A. Wise, brother-in-law of Mrs. Meade. as he was ned after your family, and Mr. Hunter spoke of Mr. Wise, and said he had brought two letters with himfederate officers that neither Mr. Wise Henry A. Wise, brother-in-law of Mrs. Meade. nor his son Lee, Longstreet, and many others, among them Mr. Wise. They were all affable and cordial, and unifd to the South, peace would be at once made. Mr. Wise looked old and feeble, said he was very sick,[1 more...]
George D. Wise (search for this): chapter 6
ll the time at City Point, and coming on the field for only half an hour on the 17th, and yet in Mr. Stanton's official despatch he quotes General Grant's account, and my name is not even mentioned. I cannot imagine why I am thus ignored. Cold Harbor to Petersburg, June 11-20, 1864. Federal loss—killed, wounded, and missing—9,665 (O. R.). I think I wrote you on the 17th that I was fighting Mr. Wise. Since then I have seen a Petersburg paper, announcing the wounding severely of George D. Wise, his nephew and aide, also of Peyton Wise, another nephew and aide-de-camp. On the 18th we found the enemy had retired to an inner line, which I had reason to believe was not strongly fortified. I followed them and immediately attacked them with my whole force, but could not break through their lines. Our losses in the three-days' fight under my command amount to nine thousand five hundred, killed, wounded and missing. As I did not have over sixty thousand men, this loss is severe,
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