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Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ce then I have been honored with two very valuable presents. The first is a handsome scarf pin of gold and enamel. It is accompanied with a very flattering note stating it was made in England, and brought over by the donor to be presented in the name of himself and wife, as a tribute of admiration for my great services in saving the country. The note is signed W. H. Schenley, and I think the writer is a Captain Schenley, of the British navy, who many years since married Miss Croghan, of Pittsburgh. Captain Schenley says he intends visiting the army and making my acquaintance. The second present is five hundred most delicious Havana cigars, sent to me by a Mr. Motley, of New York, whom I accidentally met at the sword presentation to General Sedgwick, and to whom I must have been particularly civil, or in some way made a great impression on him, to induce him to send me five hundred cigars. So you see there is some compensation for the misery we have to suffer. Headquarters ar
Sebastopol (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
nced in the Seven Days. The rebs keep taking up strong positions and entrenching themselves. This compels us to move around their flank, after trying to find some weak point to attack. This operation has now occurred four times, namely, crossing the Rapidan, at Old Wilderness, at Spottsylvania Court House, and recently at North Anna. We shall have to do it once more before we get them into their defenses at Richmond, and then will begin the tedious process of a quasi-siege, like that at Sebastopol; which will last as long, unless we can get hold of their railroads and cut off their supplies, when they must come out and fight. Whilst I am writing the cannon and musketry are rattling all along our lines, over five miles in extent, but we have become so accustomed to these sounds that we hardly notice them. The weather is beginning to be hot, but I keep in the saddle during the day, and sleep soundly at night. The papers are giving Grant all the credit of what they call succes
Columbia (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ll 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 egreat fire of 1862, and everything in it destroyed, all the old pictures, and all the clothes, jewels and everything belonging to Mariamne'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 the 18th inst. It is generally believed that after the army is assembled in Washington it will be disbanded. In t
Halifax (Canada) (search for this): chapter 6
of the poor fellow's fate. I have sent it to Cortlandt Parker. Headquarters army of the Potomac, October 11, 1864. I have been occupied all day riding round the lines, showing them to Major General Doyle, of the British Army, Governor of Nova Scotia, who has done this army the honor to visit it. The general is a very clever, intelligent and educated Irish gentleman. He is a brother to the then young Doyle, who, some thirty years since, was in this country attached to the British Legationzation. De Chanal, indeed all our foreign visitors, say the same thing; and say it is impossible for us to realize the ignorance that exists in Europe of America and American affairs. General Doyle is the person who behaved so well recently at Halifax when the steamer Chesapeake was seized and carried in there, he giving up the vessel and crew to a United States vessel of war that was after her. Another visitor whom I had yesterday was a Mr. McGrath, a Commissioner from Pennsylvania, sent dow
Alexandria (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
s of the negro, which is really the great and formidable question of the day; but I did not devise any very practicable suggestions. I had a long and interesting talk, and left him, really sad to think of his position, his necessities, and the difficulties which surround him. Lyman has sent me a Boston paper, with a very excellent article written by himself, which I will send you. Washington, D. C., May 12, 1865. I reached here last evening in time to pitch camp on the banks of the Potomac. To-day I have been in town at the Department, and waiting to see General Grant, who has been all day before the Committee on the Conduct of the War. I have not yet seen him, so am not able to give you any news. From what I gather, I infer the armies are to be disbanded at once. The review or parade has been talked about, but there appears to be nothing settled, and I rather think it will fall through. I have received your letters up to the one dated the ninth. We had a delightful ma
Warrenton (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
answered them both in the same spirit as appears to have dictated them. Warrenton, Va., July 26, 1863. I think my last letter to you was about the 21st or 22dink they are preparing to abandon Virginia altogether, but I doubt this. Warrenton, Va., July 31, 1863. I enclose you two letters recently received—one from thton, July 28, 1863. (Unofficial.) Major-General Meade, Army of the Potomac, Warrenton, Va. General: I take this method of writing you a few words which I could nondoah, where I shall have to follow him. Headquarters army of the Potomac, Warrenton, October 21, 1863. Lee has retired across the Rappahannock, after completam free to admit that in the playing of it he has got the advantage of me. Warrenton, October 23, 1863. Yesterday I received an order to repair to Washington, a good house for his headquarters. I told him his only chance was either in Warrenton or Culpeper; that the former was rather out of the way, and that I thought he
Maryland (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
and fight him, I would rather do it at once and in Maryland than to follow into Virginia. I received last eve crosses the river. Map: parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, covered by the operations of the ar have been to be contented with driving Lee out of Maryland, and not to have advanced till this army was largehiladelphia at the appearance of the rebel army in Maryland and Pennsylvania. If it stirs the people up to tue way of offensive movements until the campaign in Maryland is settled and the rebels so crippled as to quiet onfidently expected to transfer the seat of war to Maryland, and thought his menace of Washington would inducermy of the Potomac now detached for the defense of Maryland and the Capital. I at once went to Grant and tolds not look and has not looked upon the movement in Maryland and the Valley in the important light it deserves,'s army is a very great feat, and at once relieves Maryland and Pennsylvania of any fears of more invasion thi
Kentucky (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
very grateful to Lee if he would try his hand at the offensive for a while. To-day's papers say Sherman has burned Atlanta and moved on Charleston. This is a bold move, the success of which will depend on Thomas's ability to keep Hood out of Kentucky and Ohio. Headquarters army of the Potomac, November 13, 1864. To-day I had a visit from a Colonel Coles, of the English Army, who is the Military Commandant of New Brunswick. He was quite a gentlemanly person. I took him around our linesst heard of Sherman's movement, that its success would depend on Thomas's capacity to cope with Hood. I think it was expected Sherman's movement would draw Hood back to Georgia, but I anticipated just what he appears to be doing—a bold push for Kentucky, which, if he succeeds in, will far outbalance any success Sherman may have in going from Atlanta to the sea coast. Sherman took with him the largest part of his army, when he did not expect to meet any organized opposition, leaving Thomas with
Minnesota (Minnesota, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
dentially, as it seems, in a crisis in his affairs. Simultaneously with the action of Messrs. Wade and Chandler, and on the very same day, Senator Wilkinson, of Minnesota, made a furious onslaught upon him from his place in the Senate Chamber, but he was by a happy chance there in Washington, to confound his enemies and bring their the coming event, should it take place. There have been recently with the army several Senators and Representatives; among others, Chandler and Wilkinson of Minnesota. The latter individual was at General Crawford's. He was very severe on me, showing he still retained the animus that dictated his attack on me in the Senate lae man can thus postpone action in any case, and I take it this is all that has yet been done with me. Undoubtedly, when my name came up, either Mr. Wilkinson, of Minnesota, or Anthony, of Rhode Island, has objected, and under the rule I was laid aside. I expect to meet the opposition of the Tribune and Independent clique, then all
Sheboygan, Wisconsin (Wisconsin, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
, and his men would not fight. Wilkes is a Hooker man; but whether his article was inspired by any of the friends of this officer, I am not prepared to say, and can hardly believe such to be the case. Headquarters army of the Potomac, September 8, 1863. Yesterday I reviewed the Third Corps, commanded by General French. The day was pretty hot, and I had to ride six miles to the review and back the same distance. I received recently a very handsome bouquet from two ladies in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; I send you the note accompanying it. Likewise a curious letter written by a rebel refugee in Canada. I am in receipt of such curious documents all the time. Headquarters army of the Potomac, September 11, 1863. Everything remains quiet and in statu quo. Humphreys has gone to Philadelphia for a few days to see his wife, who is in the country, and will call to see you, and give you the latest news from camp. I wrote you in my last, of being the recipient of a bouquet from Wis
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