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Decatur (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
hold defensively Nashville, Chattanooga, and Decatur, all strongly fortified and provisioned for aectly against him, and myself move rapidly by Decatur and Purdy to cut off his retreat. But this wotance are Chattanooga, Stevenson, Huntsville, Decatur, Tuscumbia, and Corinth; the last-named place to abandon all the railroad from Columbia to Decatur, thence to Stevenson. This will give him mucofficer preferred to guard the Tennessee from Decatur to Eastport. Forrest's pickets, he said, are On the 25th of October, Hood appeared before Decatur in force, for, contrary to Sherman's expectatod, however, made only a demonstration before Decatur, and on the 29th, withdrew his force. The santsville and that line, and the Nashville and Decatur road, except so far as it facilitates an armyreesboroa, Stevenson, Bridgeport, Huntsville, Decatur, and Chattanooga, to keep open communicationssed or intended. Granger was at this time at Decatur with five thousand men, Rousseau at Murfreesb[2 more...]
New York (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
and it is not easy to conceal it long. . . I feel very uneasy under this state of things. Dix was a moderate man, in no way likely to exaggerate, and these representations had great weight. A reinforcement of several thousand troops was ordered to New York. But the administration was still not satisfied, and desired Grant to send General Butler to that city until after the election. I am just in receipt of despatch from the Secretary of War, asking me to send more troops to the city of New York, and, if possible, to let you go there until after election. I wish you would start for Washington immediately, and be guided by orders from there in the matter.—Grant to Butler, Nov. 1. Butler was known to be decided in judgment and prompt in action, and would not flinch in executing any measures he deemed necessary at a critical juncture. His name alone would be a terror to those who plotted against the republic. He was accordingly ordered to report to Dix, and the force in New Yor
Mississippi (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
the movement, but to his own position in it, he said not a word of this to the generalin-chief, but with true soldierly spirit declared: I feel confident that I can defend the line of the Tennessee with the force Sherman proposes to leave with me. . Also, I shall be ready to send Sherman all the cavalry he needs, and still have a good number left. On the 25th, Sherman sent him further instructions. I do believe you are the man best qualified to manage the affairs of Tennessee and North Mississippi. . . I can spare you the Fourth corps, and about five thousand men not fit for my purpose, but which will be well enough for garrison duty in Chattanooga, Murfreesboroa, and Nashville. What you need is a few points fortified and stocked with provisions, and a good, movable column of twenty-five thousand men that can strike in any direction. A copy of this despatch was forwarded to the general-in-chief, who was thus kept fully advised of all preparations and orders. On the 13th of
West Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
relate what he had seen, to tell of his campaigns, to describe the character of his comrades and subordinates. Before the war he had met most of the men who were now prominent, rebels as well as national officers; either in the old army, or at West Point as cadets; and the knowledge of their character he thus obtained was extremely useful to him at this time. He often said of those opposed to him: I know exactly what that general will do; I am glad such an one is in my front; I would rather fi the general--in chief—save when he asked for a light for his cigar. Politics at home were often discussed, and unless strangers or foreigners were present, with great freedom. Gossip about men whom most of us had known came in, and tales of West Point life were common. But though familiar, the talk was by no means vulgar: no coarse language was ever used in the presence of the general-in-chief, the most modest man in conversation in the army. A profane word never passed his lips, and if by
Resaca (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
n the 11th, but Hood had already decamped. Marching with rapidity along the Chattooga Valley, the rebels appeared before Resaca on the 12th, and Hood himself demanded the surrender of the post. No prisoners will be taken, he said, if the place is cley, in the rebel rear, but fearing, in that event, that Hood might cross to the east of the railroad, he marched towards Resaca instead, and on the 14th, made his dispositions to entrap the enemy at Snake Creek Gap. Hood, however, was too quick, fdsden, and then want my whole army united for the grand move into Georgia. On the 14th of October, when Sherman was at Resaca, Grant telegraphed to Washington: It looks to me now that Hood has put himself into a position where his army must be to the Fourth corps reached Athens, and Stanley was ordered to concentrate at Pulaski, until Schofield, who was moving from Resaca, by way of Nashville, could arrive. Sherman now repeated his former order: You must unite all your men into one army, an
Meridian (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
but to act against the communications of Hood and Beauregard. Two expeditions were accordingly organized for this purpose, one to start from Vicksburg and the other from Baton Rouge. As large a force as can be sent, said Grant, ought to go to Meridian or Selma. . . The road from Jackson should be well broken, and as much damage as possible done to the Mobile and Ohio. At the same time, Foster, in South Carolina, was directed to send a force to destroy the railroad in Sherman's front, betweene Memphis and Charleston road, along which the points of importance are Chattanooga, Stevenson, Huntsville, Decatur, Tuscumbia, and Corinth; the last-named place being at the junction with the road leading into Mississippi and Alabama, by way of Meridian and Selma. The Tennessee river runs west from Chattanooga, and south of the railroad, nearly to Corinth; but at Eastport it turns to the north, and passing by Pittsburg landing, Johnsonville, Fort Henry, and Paducah, empties at last into the Oh
Morristown, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
e thousand men, was dispatched from West Virginia, to distract, if possible, some of the troops in Tennessee. He succeeded only too well. On the 13th of November, he attacked a force of fifteen hundred men under General Gillem, stationed near Morristown, in East Tennessee, driving them back as far as Knoxville, with a national loss of about two hundred, in killed, wounded, and prisoners. Thomas at once gave directions to Stoneman, at Louisville, and to Steedman at Chattanooga, to reinforce Knridge attracted a large force to Knoxville, in East Tennessee, at the moment when every man, at every hazard, should have been concentrated in front of Hood. For, if the principal rebel army of the West was destroyed, not only Johnsonville and Morristown, but both East and West Tennessee, could easily be regained. On the 12th of November, Sherman severed communication with the forces on the Tennessee, and from this time Thomas received his orders direct from Grant. He was now in command of
Missouri (United States) (search for this): chapter 4
o Thomas. New regiments and recruits poured in on him from the North; convalescents and furloughed men, returning to Sherman's army, were detained at Chattanooga; Pope spared two regiments from the Indian frontier, and Smith was making strenuous efforts to reach Tennessee from the interior of Missouri. But twelve of the new regiments were absorbed in supplying the place in garrison of those whose terms of service had expired; and Smith's arrival was delayed beyond all expectation. The Missouri river was so low that it was thought he could reach the Mississippi sooner by marching than in boats; but after he started, the roads became almost impassable from snow and heavy rains, and several streams were found too high to cross. On the 14th of November, his command was still at St. Louis. Wilson, too, had great difficulty in remounting his cavalry. Grant made full allowance for all these embarrassments, and after Hood had crossed the Tennessee, he sent no despatch to Thomas for a f
Kingston, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
rson on the 9th of October, still in doubt as to the intentions of the enemy. On the 10th, Hood appeared at Rome, and Sherman ordered his whole army to march to Kingston in pursuit; he arrived there himself on the 11th, but Hood had already decamped. Marching with rapidity along the Chattooga Valley, the rebels appeared before Rtrusting that Thomas, with his present troops and the influx of new troops promised, will be able to assume the offensive. On the 2nd, Sherman himself was at Kingston, and his four corps, the Fifteenth, Seventeeth, Fourteenth, and Twentieth, with one division of cavalry, were stretched along from Rome to Atlanta. The railroad contending for half a year were now marching in diametrically opposite directions, Sherman south-east and Hood northwest; while, as soon as Sherman started from Kingston, Grant became anxious not to capture the rebel capital, and not to drive Lee out of Petersburg. On the 13th of November, he said to Stanton: I would not, if I c
Decherd (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
, two lines run from Nashville to the great railway which connects Chattanooga with the Mississippi—the Memphis and Charleston road. One of these lines runs south-east, and strikes the Chattanooga road at Stevenson; the other extends south-westerly, to Decatur. Nashville is thus at the apex of a triangle, and was by far the most important strategic point west of the Alleghanies and north of the Tennessee. On the road to Stevenson, the principal positions are Murfreesboroa, Tullahoma, and Decherd; on the western line—Franklin, Columbia, Pulaski, and Athens. By either route, Nashville is about one hundred and fifty miles from the Memphis and Charleston road, along which the points of importance are Chattanooga, Stevenson, Huntsville, Decatur, Tuscumbia, and Corinth; the last-named place being at the junction with the road leading into Mississippi and Alabama, by way of Meridian and Selma. The Tennessee river runs west from Chattanooga, and south of the railroad, nearly to Corinth;
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