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Kingston, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
ent. I find I shall not be able to send a force from here to act with you on Savannah. Your movements, therefore will be independent of mine; at least until the fall of Richmond takes place. I am afraid Thomas, with such lines of road as he has to protect, could not prevent Hood from going north. With Wilson turned loose, with all your cavalry, you will find the rebels put much more on the defensive than heretofore. U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. Major-General W. T. Sherman. Kingston, Ga., October 11--11 A. M. Hood moved his army from Palmetto station across by Dallas and Cedartown, and is now on the Coosa river, south of Rome. He threw one corps on my road at Acworth, and I was forced to follow. I hold Atlanta with the Twentieth corps, and have strong detachments along my line. This reduces my active force to a comparatively small army. We cannot remain here on the defensive. With the twenty-five thousand men, and the bold cavalry he has, he can constantly break
Pointe Coupee (La.) (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
er's fleet, which accompanied the expedition, over the rapids, the water having fallen so much since they passed up as to prevent their return. At the suggestion of Colonel (now Brigadier-General) Bailey, and under his superintendence, wing-dams were constructed, by which the channel was contracted so that the fleet passed down the rapids in safety. The army evacuted Alexandria on the fourteenth of May, after considerable skirmishing with the enemy's advance, and reached Morganzia and Point Coupee near the end of the month. The disastrous termination of this expedition, and the lateness of the season, rendered impracticable the carrying out of my plan of a movement in force sufficient to ensure the capture of Mobile. On the twenty-third of March, Major-General Steele left Little Rock with the Seventh Army Corps to cooperate with General Banks' expedition on Red river, and reached Arkadelphia on the twenty-eighth. On the sixteenth of April, after driving the enemy before him, h
Fernandina, Fla. (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
ines. Virginia, with the exception of the northern border, the Potomac river, a small area about the mouth of James river, covered by the troops at Norfolk and Fort Monroe, and the territory covered by the Army of the Potomac, lying along the Rapidan, was in the possession of the enemy. Along the sea-coast, footholds had been obtained at Plymouth, Washington, and Newbern, in North Carolina; Beaufort, Folly, and Morris Islands, Hilton Head, Fort Pulaski, and Port Royal, in South Carolina; Fernandina and St. Augustine, in Florida. Key West and Pensacola were also in our possession, while all the important ports were blockaded by the navy. The accompanying map, a copy of which was sent to General Sherman. and other commanders, in March, 1864, shows, by red lines the territory occupied by us at the beginning of the rebellion, and at the opening of the campaign of 1864; while those in blue are the lines which it was proposed to occupy. Behind the Union lines there were many bands of
Centreville (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
ving far to Sherman's right, he succeeded in reaching the railroad about Big Shanty, and moved north on it. General Sherman, leaving a force to hold Atlanta, with the remainder of his army fell upon him and drove him to Gadsden, Alabama. Seeing the constant annoyance he would have with the roads to his rear if he attempted to hold Atlanta, General Sherman proposed the abandonment and destruction of that place, with all the railroads leading to it, and telegraphed me as follows: Centreville, Ga., October 10--noon. Despatch about Wilson just received. Hood is now crossing Coosa river, twelve miles below Rome, bound west. If he passes over the Mobile and Ohio road, had I not better execute the plan of my lefter sent by Colonel Porter, and leave General Thomas, with the troops now in Tennessee, to defend the State? He will have an ample force when the reinforcements ordered reach Nashville. W. T. Sherman, Major-General. Lieutenant-General Grant. For a full understand
Cape Fear (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
with only partial effect. The nature of the outlet of Cape Fear river was such that it required watching for so great a distgained by effecting a landing on the main land between Cape Fear river and the Atlantic, north of the north entrance to the r little delay as possible to the naval fleet lying off Cape Fear river, and report the arrival of yourself and command to Admg, the navy ought to run a portion of their fleet into Cape Fear river, while the balance of it operates on the outside. Lanby us. This gave us entire control of the mouth of the Cape Fear river. At my request, Major-General B. F. Butler was reliAdmiral Porter, moving his forces up both sides of the Cape Fear river. Fort Anderson, the enemy's main defence on the west bom each place, as well as to supply General Sherman by Cape Fear river, toward Fayetteville, if it became necessary. The colning up communication with General Schofield by way of Cape Fear river. On the fifteenth he resumed his march on Goldsboroa.
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
art of Virginia, and extreme eastern part of Tennessee; and also confronting our sea-coast garrisonicient force to operate against Forrest in West Tennessee. He directed General Washburn, who commanleave General Thomas, with the troops now in Tennessee, to defend the State? He will have an ampleHood was going to attempt the invasion of Middle Tennessee, using the Mobile and Ohio and Memphis anhis time, the rains having set in heavily in Tennessee and Alabama, making it difficult to move arm force under General Breckinridge, entered East Tennessee. On the thirteenth of November, he attacky expedition, under General Stoneman, from East Tennessee to penetrate South Carolina well down towanal raid, with one now about starting from East Tennessee, under Stoneman, numbering four to five thll-appointed cavalry expeditions-one from Middle Tennessee under Brevet Major-General Wilson againstThe expedition under General Stoneman from East Tennessee got off on the twentieth of March, moving [14 more...]
West Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
fire, and moved by a detour to Haxall's landing, on the James river, where he communicated with General Butler. This raid had the effect of drawing off the whole of the enemy's cavalry force, and making it comparatively easy to guard our trains. General Butler moved his main force up the James river, in pursuance of instructions, on the fourth of May, General Gillmore having joined with the Tenth corps. At the same time he sent a force of one thousand eight hundred cavalry, by way of West Point, to form a junction with him wherever he might get a foothold, and a force of three thousand cavalry, under General Kautz, from Suffolk, to operate against the road south of Petersburg and Richmond. On the fifth he occupied, without opposition, both City Point and Bermuda Hundred, his movement being a complete surprise. On the sixth he was in position with his main army, and commenced intrenohing. On the seventh he made a reconnaissance against the Petersburg and Richmond railroad, dest
High Bridge (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
of the seventh the pursuit was renewed, the cavalry, except one division, and the Fifth corps moving by Prince Edwards Court-house; the Sixth corps, General Ord's command, and one division of cavalry, on Farmville, and the Second corps by the High Bridge road. It was soon found that the enemy had crossed to the north side of the Appomattox, but so close was the pursuit that the Second corps got possession of the common bridge at High Bridge before the enemy could destroy it, and immediately cHigh Bridge before the enemy could destroy it, and immediately crossed over. The Sixth corps and a division of cavalry crossed at Farmville to its support. Feeling now that General Lee's chance of escape was utterly hopeless, I addressed him the following communication from Farmville: April 7, 1865. General: The result of the last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of the Army of Northern Virginia in this struggle. I feel that it is so, and regard it as my duty to shift from myself the responsibility
Amelia Court House (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
he enemy evacuated Petersburg and Richmond, and retreated toward Danville. On the morning of the third pursuit was commenced. General Sheridan pushed for the Danville road, keeping near the Appomattox, followed by General Meade with the Second and Sixth corps, while General Ord moved for Burkesville along the Southside road, the Ninth corps stretched along that road behind him. On the fourth General Sheridan struck the Danville road near Jettersville, where he learned that Lee was at Amelia Court-house. He immediately intrenched himself and awaited the arrival of General Meade, who reached there the next day. General Ord reached Burkesville on the evening of the fifth. On the morning of the fifth, I addressed Major-General Sherman the following communication: Wilson's Station, April 5, 1865. General: All indications now are that Lee will attempt to reach Danville with the remnant of his force. Sheridan, who was up with him last night, reports all that is left, horse, fo
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 120
nder Major-General Gillmore, who will command them in person. Major-General W. F. Smith is ordered to report to you, to command the troops sent into the field from your own department. General Gillmore will be ordered to report to you at Fortress Monroe, with all the troops on transports, by the eighteenth instant, or as soon thereafter as practicable. Should you not receive notice by that time to move, you will make such disposition of them and your other forces as you may deem best calcul also be necessary. Make all requisitions upon the chiefs of their respective departments in the field with me at City Point. Communicate with me by every opportunity; and should you deem it necessary at any time, send a special boat to Fortress Monroe, from which point you can communicate by telegraph. The supplies referred to in these instructions are exclusive of those required for your own command. The movements of the enemy may justify, or even make it your imperative duty, to
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