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Foster's Landing (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
azing at the ruins of this ancient town, near by which, and on its site, is a camp of colored soldiers, which the captain of the boat informed me was commanded by Brigadier-General Wild, of Massachusetts. Their white tents made a pleasant contrast to the dark foliage of the pines, and the ruins of a city which has passed away. As the steamer glides up the stream, other names attract your attention, and excite your interest, associated, as they are, with late events of the war; such as Foster's Landing, White-House Landing, Harrison's Landing, Light-house Point, Fort Powhatan, &c., &c. The river is well guarded with gunboats, and there is no fear of the navigation being interrupted by the enemy. At City Point, the river is crowded with vessels of all descriptions; the wharves extend for at least half a mile; numerous supplies for the army are here stored. A colored regiment does guard duty, and colored men load and unload the vessels, railroad cars, and army wagons. It is a busy,
New Brunswick (Canada) (search for this): chapter 11
expedient in this connection; at the same time warning all the officers commanding the forts on the Massachusetts coast. The expectation of an attack upon the coast of Maine was based upon information contained in a letter to President Lincoln, dated Montreal, July 15, 1864, the writer of which was a confidential agent of the Government. It was referred by the President to Major-General Peck, and was in these words:— Eighteen or twenty rebel officers are to leave to-night for New Brunswick, via Quebec. I have learned, from a most reliable source, that a concentration of rebels and their sympathizers is to take place at St. Andrews and Grand Menan Island, N. B., preparatory to an attack upon Belfast or Eastport or Calais, as the prospect of success may seem most favorable. They are to be conveyed to the place of attack by a rebel steamer and brig. The men who leave here to-night are under command of a Colonel D. Wood and Captain Nichols, late Missouri guerillas, and men
Brookline (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
of Boston, assistant quartermaster-general, with the rank of major, Jan. 4. George R. Preston, of Boston, assistant quartermaster-general, with the rank of major, Jan. 6. Major Preston died in Boston, Feb. 25, 1864. William W. Clapp, Jr., of Boston, assistant quartermaster-general, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, Feb. 20. Lieutenant-Colonel Harrison Ritchie, of Boston, senior aide-de-camp to the Governor, was promoted to the rank of colonel, May 14. William L. Candler, of Brookline, aide-de-camp, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, June 10. Colonel Candler's appointment was to fill the vacancy on the Governor's personal staff occasioned by the resignation of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Lee, Jr., who had filled the position with distinguished ability and untiring industry from April 15, 1861. Henry Ware, of Cambridge, assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of major, June 20. Major Ware's duties were chiefly those of assistant military secretary to the Governor.
Bladensburg (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
to visit our heavy artillery companies which garrison the forts on the Maryland side of the Potomac. Our route was over the Capitol Hill, and then near the Navy Yard, where we crossed what is called the East Branch, a stream which runs up to Bladensburg. On the bridge I met Major Allen and a lieutenant of our Third Regiment Heavy Artillery, who were going to Washington, and from them I received instructions how to proceed. After parting with them, and about midway over the bridge, I was sur. From Fort Meigs I had to make a journey of nearly six miles to Fort Lincoln, and to again cross the East Branch. Here is the headquarters of the Ninth Company, Captain Gordon. This company garrisons Fort Lincoln (which is within a mile of Bladensburg, and near General Hooker's old camp), Thayer and Saratoga. Captain Gordon and Lieutenant Currier had left, the day before I arrived, to attend a court in New Jersey, where one of the Ninth-company men was under trial for murder, he having sho
Petersburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
ho is on staff duty. Next passed on to Fort Greble, where our Seventh Company had its headquarters. Part of it were also in Forts Snyder and Carroll. I next came to Fort Davis, where the Tenth Company is stationed, which also had details in Forts Davis, Dupont, Mahan, and Meigs. Captain Bumpus, who commands this company, I did not see, he having gone that morning to Washington. I found Lieutenant Sanborn in command. From Fort Meigs I had to make a journey of nearly six miles to Fort Lincolburg. He said he thought he was pretty smart. On going back to headquarters, the entire staff rode with the General, who was pleased to point out many interesting localities. We went back by a different and more circuitous route, visited Fort Harrison, and the immense line of works of which it forms an important part. We passed long lines of wagons and ambulances. Arrived at headquarters at two o'clock, having rode about twenty miles. I had been within four miles of Richmond. Dined with
Mount Vernon (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
oldiers from Camp Distribution, belonging to different regiments in the Army of the Potomac. They were made up of convalescents, bounty-jumpers, deserters, and new recruits, white and black. We had three fights on board before we had been from the wharf half an hour. One fellow was also detected in stealing, and was tied up by the wrists for about four hours. The sail down the Potomac was very pleasant, until night shut off the view when near Acquia Creek. I had a very good view of Mount Vernon, and the outlines of the old Washington estate. There were but four state-rooms on the boat, and no berths; there were a few rough bunks for soldiers. It therefore became a serious question how we were to pass the night. About nine o'clock, the steward spread about a dozen narrow mattresses on the floor of the dining-room, which were soon disposed of at a dollar apiece. I was too late to get one; but a friend on board, who had seen camp-service, had with him a good buffalo robe, which
West Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
t there were colored men in that department qualified to be officers, and concludes by saying,— I earnestly hope you will give Colonel Dudley, of whose zeal and capacity I am confident, an opportunity to develop it. Several letters passed between the Secretary of War and the Governor upon this matter; but the experiment was never tried. Colonel Dudley we had known many years; he was born and bred in Boston, had a natural taste for military duties, and, although not a graduate of West Point, was, for his military qualities, appointed an officer in the regular army. He is a gentleman of much capacity, for whom we have a high respect. We have referred to him in preceding chapters. At the present writing, he is in command of the military forces at Vicksburg, Miss. This was a year in which an election was to be held for President of the United States. On the 7th of September, the Governor wrote to His Excellency Richard Yates, Governor of Illinois, as follows:— I p
Providence, R. I. (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
department which he once honored. If no such fund is available, I will endeavor, if you desire, to cause a copy of the portrait to be made at private expense, and to be presented to your office. A copy was made by Mr. James S. Lincoln, of Providence, R. I.; the Attorney-General assumed the expense, there being a contingent fund available for the purpose. Andrew Ellison, Jr., Esq., of Rio de Janeiro, on the 8th of July, wrote to Governor Andrew, inclosing a draft for five hundred dollar I congratulate the gentlemen whom you represent, on the auspicious aspect with which the year seems about to open. Should our military situation continue to be as encouraging as it has recently been, I am sure that, with the blessing of Providence, we have a right to hope for the best results, not merely on any given field or from any special campaign, but on the broader field which includes the statesmanship both of war and of peace. Ideas are now clearly in the lead: confidence in the
Dobbs Ferry (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
of the Fifty-fourth Regiment, March 11, 1864, and subsequently was commissioned first lieutenant, April 28, 1865; and was discharged with the regiment, August 20, 1865, when the regiment was mustered out of service, at the end of the war. This officer belonged in Elmira, N. Y. Among the many gentlemen living in other States, who entertained for Governor Andrew a high respect, was James A. Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton, the friend and confidant of Washington, who was living at Dobbs' Ferry, N. Y. On the 16th of December, Governor Andrew wrote to this gentleman,— I received your most valued letter of the 10th inst. yesterday, and read it carefully last evening, and am glad to have the opportunity, not only of hearing from you, but of renewing my grateful acknowledgments of your zealous patriotism, and your always suggestive and instructive counsels. I heartily concur with your estimate of the importance of the promptest and most determined action, in the work of constitu
Indianapolis (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
tioned for duty at Baltimore and Cockeysville, Md. The Forty-second Regiment of Infantry left for Washington, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Steadman, July 24; and Colonel Burrill, who had returned home after a long captivity in Texas, joined the regiment at Alexandria, Va., and remained with it until it returned home, and was mustered out. The Sixtieth Regiment of Infantry, a new organization, left the State, under Colonel Wass, for Washington, Aug. 1, and was afterwards sent to Indianapolis, Ind., where it remained until its term of service expired. Nine unattached companies of one hundred days men were also recruited for garrison duties in the forts on our coast. The number of men thus recruited was 5,461, and they were not credited to the quota of the State. A regiment of infantry was recruited for one year's service, and was known as the Sixty-first Regiment. It left the State in detachments, to report to General Grant at City Point. Of this regiment, Charles F. Wal
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