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Fort Donelson (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
n the habit of sending telegrams to each other, which sometimes conveyed important information, in addition to that communicated by the commanding officers. reported: No change in position since last report. Enemy still in force in front, as was found out by reconnoissance, and large artillery force on south bank of the Cumberland, between here and shoals. One of our gunboats came to grief in the exchange of iron at Bell's Ferry. Rebel General Ewell holds same bank, below Harpeth's to Fort Donelson, but don't fight gunboats. At 9.30 P. M. the same night, Thomas himself reported: With every exertion on the part of General Wilson, he will not be able to get his force of cavalry in condition to move before Sunday [December 11th]. But Grant had directed Thomas to move without regard to Wilson, and on the receipt of these despatches, he telegraphed, on the 9th, to Halleck: Despatch of eight P. M. last evening, from Nashville, shows the enemy scattered for more than seventy miles dow
Kingston (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
e entrusted the expedition to any other living commander. Then reverting to the Tennessee campaign, he continued: It has been hard work to get Thomas to attack Hood. I gave him the most peremptory order, and had started to go there myself before he got off. He has done magnificently, however, since he started. The same day came a second despatch from Sherman, dated December 12, in which he said: I am. . somewhat astonished at the attitude of things in Tennessee. I purposely delayed at Kingston, until General Thomas assured me he was all ready; and my last despatch from him of the 12th November was full of confidence; in this he promised me that he would ruin Hood, if he dared to advance from Florence urging me to go ahead and give myself no concern about Hood's army in Tennessee. Why he did not turn on Hood at Franklin, after checking him and discomfiting him, surpasses my understanding. Indeed, I do not approve of his evacuating Decatur, but think he should have assumed the o
Decatur (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
sville. I have a force of about 4,000 men at Decatur and on the Memphis and Charleston railroad, which might be made available, if Decatur and that road were abandoned, but as General Sherman is very anxious to have Decatur held if possible, I have kept the force there up to this time. I will, ences of Nashville, with Hood close upon him. Decatur has been abandoned, and so have all the roadsvor to put this road in order from Pulaski to Decatur, as soon as possible. As yet I have not had s these, the three railroads to Johnsonville, Decatur, and Chattanooga, all meet at Nashville, but possible to follow him, you want to reoccupy Decatur and all other abandoned points. Thomas replisame day: I have already given orders to have Decatur occupied, and also to throw a strong column odman, however, had not proceeded further than Decatur, when he learned that the rebels had re-crossachments from Chattanooga, Murfreesboroa, and Decatur, leaving the guards at his railroad block-hou[1 more...]
Murfreesboro (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
f the cavalry and Bates's division of infantry, was sent there to see if it was practicable to take the place.—Hood to Beauregard, January 9, 1865. On the morning of the 4th I received orders to move with Buford's and Jackson's divisions to Murfreesboro—Forrest's Report, January 24, 1865. and a division of infantry, against Murfreesboroa, thirty miles away. Forrest started on the morning of the 5th, and Thomas's cavalry force was then far superior to that which remained with Hood. On the command of the gunboat fleet at the West, to proceed up the Tennessee to Florence and Eastport, and prevent the laying of pontoons there, or destroy the bridge, if one should have been already laid. At the same time he reported the attack on Murfreesboro, which had been made before the battle of Nashville, and in which Forrest had been repelled. On the 19th, the Secretary of War proposed to confer on Thomas the vacant major-generalcy in the regular army, and the general-in-chief replied: I
Lavergne (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
campaign; if he had realized the expectations of the South, or the fears of the North; if he had acted as half a score of generals, on either side, had acted on half a score of occasions during the war—Grant's apprehensions might have been terribly justified. Had the rebel commander moved to the Ohio, and compelled Thomas to follow, that officer would never have been forgiven. As it was, the rebels lived upon the country for a fortnight; On the 12th, Forrest destroyed the railroad from Lavergne to Murfreesboroa, and on the 13th, captured a train of 17 cars loaded with 60,000 rations sent from Stevenson, and 200 prisoners. they fortified strongly in front of Nashville, and doubled the loss of life that Thomas incurred to oust them; they gave extreme uneasiness to the country and the government, and for a while endangered the success of Grant's plans elsewhere—and all of this might have been saved: the proof of which is that Hood, instead of striking Thomas, remained to receive the
Montgomery Hill (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
to a point within six hundred yards of the national line: this work was admirably situated on a prominence known as Montgomery Hill, commanding the Granny White road. On the national side, Thomas had placed Steedman on the extreme left; Wood, with the Fourth corps, was at the centre, in front of Montgomery Hill; and A. J. Smith had the right. Schofield was held in reserve, ready to support the left of Wood, and the cavalry, which had hitherto guarded the flanks, was now massed on the right the centre, was to support Smith's left, on the Hillsboroa road, and operate against the rebel advanced position on Montgomery Hill. Wilson was ordered to send one division of cavalry by the Charlotte road, to protect the right rear of the army, at operations on this flank. Meanwhile, as soon as Smith had struck the rebel left, Wood, at the centre, assaulted Montgomery Hill, and carried the entire rebel line in his front, capturing several pieces of artillery, and five hundred prisoners.
Tullahoma (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ght have been endangered. Chicago and Cincinnati were defended at Spring Hill. Immediately upon the evacuation of Columbia, Thomas ordered the abandonment of Tullahoma, on the Chattanooga railroad; Nashville was placed in a state of defence, additional works were constructed, and the fortifications were manned by a garrison comilroad employes. A detachment of six thousand men, This P. M. I gave the orders to General Steedman, who was at Gowan with 6,000 men [between Chattanooga and Tullahoma], to embark on the railroad cars and come to Nashville immediately, and I presume he will be here by to-morrow morning.—Thomas to Halleck, November 30. In hislanted a battery on the river, and captured two steamboats, but the naval force drove the battery away, and recaptured the steamers. I have heard, he said, from Tullahoma, by Knoxville, to-day. The railroad is uninjured that far, and no signs of the enemy in that neighborhood. I have heard nothing in direction of Murfreesboroa,
Savannah (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
me day Beauregard telegraphed the news to Richmond: Sherman is about to move with three corps from Atlanta to Augusta, or Macon, thence probably to Charleston or Savannah, where a junction may be formed with enemy's fleet. On the 19th, he announced again: Enemy are turning their columns on shortest road to Macon, and scouts . . ope to get control of the only two through routes from East to West, possessed by the enemy before the fall of Atlanta. This condition will be filled by holding Savannah and Augusta, or by holding any other port to the east of Savannah and Branchville. If Wilmington falls, a force from there will co-operate with you. All thisSavannah and Branchville. If Wilmington falls, a force from there will co-operate with you. All this while, he remained as anxious as ever to utilize his various forces in every field. On the 28th of November, he had said to Sheridan: My impression now is that you can spare the Sixth corps with impunity: I do not want to make the order for it imperative, but unless you are satisfied that it is necessary for the defence of the V
Manchester, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
s point the rebels still received supplies of arms and clothing from abroad, and hence they sent out in return cotton and other products, by British blockaderunners. The Bermuda isles are close at hand, and if they once arrived at Nassau, the British flag protected rebel goods as well as the vessels of rebel sympathizers. During the entire war, indeed, whole branches of British industry had thriven on this contraband commerce, at the expense of the Union. Batteries of cannon were cast at Manchester for the rebel army, and ships were built in Liverpool and Glasgow yards, especially to run the national blockade; and by these means the existence of the rebellion was undoubtedly prolonged. At first, Mobile, and Charleston, and other ports had shared this traffic; but during the last year, the blockade had become so efficient that Wilmington was the only entrance left by sea for any considerable amount of supplies. Strenuous efforts had of course been made to seal this harbor, but hith
Nottoway River (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
her, or reinforcements. Butler had not yet started for the Cape Fear river; and to him also on this day Grant was obliged to say: Richmond papers of the 10th show that on the 7th, Sherman was east of the Ogeechee, and within twenty-five miles of Savannah, having marched eighteen miles the day before. If you do not get off immediately, you will lose the chance of surprise and weak garrison. Good news, however, came in from Warren. He had completely destroyed the railroad, from the Nottoway river to Hicksford, meeting with only trifling opposition The weather had been bad, and marching and working were difficult; but he was now on his return to Meade. Upon the receipt of this news, Grant telegraphed to Sheridan: The inhabitants of Richmond are supplied exclusively over the roads north of James river. If it is possible to destroy the Virginia Central road, it will go far towards starving out the garrison of Richmond. The Weldon road has been largely used until now, notwithstand
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