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r a great defensive emergency. Thomas was so unlike Sherman that there could hardly exist between them an absolute personal sympathy, but there was never military discord; and Sherman had a genuine regard for his elder subordinate. With reason, too, for Thomas had outranked Sherman, until the latter was given command of the Mississippi Valley; but he was as cheerful in his obedience then, and as prompt in his acceptance of the new superior, as if it had been the old general-in-chief, General Scott himself, who had been set above him. At the outset of the war he had sacrificed to his country the friendships of a lifetime, as well as what was called State pride, and there seemed no selfish interests or aspirations for him to conquer or abandon afterwards. His patriotism was not a duty only; it was a devotion, if not a passion. In this at least he was an enthusiast. He was the idol of his men, and the personal friend of his immediate officers. Unassuming in manner, apparently u
G. B. McClellan (search for this): chapter 4
urged him to oppose its acceptance, but he refused to interfere. On the 26th of December, Grant wrote to Halleck: I am just in receipt of a letter from General G. B. McClellan, saying that he proposes visiting Europe soon with his family, and that Mrs. McClellan desires to see her father before starting, and requests a leave of Mrs. McClellan desires to see her father before starting, and requests a leave of absence for Colonel Marcy [Mrs. McClellan's father], that this desire may be gratified. I do not know the special duty Colonel Marcy may be on at this time, and do not therefore wish the leave granted [from here], lest it may interfere with important duties. If not inconsistent with the public service, however, I wish the leave Mrs. McClellan's father], that this desire may be gratified. I do not know the special duty Colonel Marcy may be on at this time, and do not therefore wish the leave granted [from here], lest it may interfere with important duties. If not inconsistent with the public service, however, I wish the leave to be granted from Washington. Sherman was to move immediately after the election, and on the 11th of November, he sent his last despatch. It was addressed to Halleck as chief of staff, but intended of course for Grant and the government. I have balanced all the figures well, he said, and am satisfied that General Thomas has
e. Hood's returns show his effective total, on the 6th of November, to have been 30,600, not including Forrest's cavalry. There is no actual return of Forrest's command in existence later than that of July 30, 1864, when he reported his effective total as 5,357. He states, in his report dated Jan. 24, 1865: On my arrival at Florence [Nov. 17], I was placed in command of the entire cavalry then with our army of Tennessee, consisting of Brigadier-General Jackson's division and a portion of Debrell's brigade, under command of Colonel Biffle, amounting to about 2,000 men, together with three brigades of my former command, making in all about 5,000 cavalry. On the 10th of November, General Richard Taylor returned his effective force at 15,024, and on the 20th, 10,422: in his column of remarks of the latter date appears this note: Forrest's command transferred to army of Tennessee. This would make Forrest's numbers 4,602, in addition to the 2,000 he says he found in the army of the T
Edwin M. Stanton (search for this): chapter 4
s dismissal of useless generals character of Stanton relations of Stanton and Grant. At City PStanton and Grant. At City Point Grant lived a life of great simplicity. After his arrival there in June, his Headquarters' caman, and Sheridan, and Thomas, and Canby, and Stanton, and Halleck, and the President; and after remation from his superiors. The despatch from Stanton arrived on the 1st of November, and at six P.e only reply made by Grant to the despatch of Stanton, but no more was said in any quarter in opposhe Secretary were persistent and numerous. Stanton indeed had many enemies, among them every reb those who had no weapons in their hands, but Stanton felt that these were as determined in their h, massive in intellect, sleepless in energy,— Stanton loomed grandly among the most important charaweapons unwieldy. But, whatever his faulted, Stanton was not weak. He fired the engine and worked. As long as Grant was in supreme command, Stanton was his loyal and efficient ally, and support[6 more...]
laying the movement. In this despatch Sherman reported Hood's entire strength at less than forty thousand men, exclusive of Forrest's cavalry, while Thomas, he said, had at least forty-five thousand or fifty thousand soldiers, besides the force that was promised from Rosecrans. As you foresaw, and as Jeff. Davis threatened, the enemy is now in the full tide of execution of his grand plan to destroy my communications and defeat this army. His infantry, about 30,000, with Wheeler and Roddy's cavalry, from 7,000 to 10,000, are now in the neighborhood of Tuscumbia and Florence, and the water being low, are able to cross at will. Forrest seems to be scattered from Eastport to Jackson, Paris, and the lower Tennessee, and General Thomas reports the capture by him of a gunboat and five transports. General Thomas has near Athens and Pulaski, Stanley's corps, about 15,000 strong, and Schofield's corps, 10,000, en route by rail; and has at least 20,000 to 25,000 men, with new regimen
t he was unconscious that it was remarkable. Some of these traits were revealed in the shock of battle, some on the tedious march, some in the general intercourse of the camp, but not a few became apparent—all unknown to him who displayed them—during the long night-watches of the siege of Petersburg. Even when Grant had thrown himself on his bed, one of his staff remained on duty outside his tent, till morning. We had learned of plots to capture prominent officers; Generals Crook and Kelley had thus been abducted from Cumberland, Maryland, by rebel raiders. on a dark night some tiny craft from Richmond might elude the vigilance of the fleet, and a spy or a traitor might be found willing to risk his own life for the chance of taking Grant's. A national ordnance boat had once been exploded beneath the bluff on which the Headquarters were established; A rebel emissary entered the national lines in disguise, with a torpedo arranged with clockwork, to explode at a given hour. Th
P. H. Sheridan (search for this): chapter 4
and; often one was with Sherman, another with Sheridan, and a third with Canby; and during actual morse the absorbing theme; the latest news from Sheridan or Sherman, the condition of affairs inside oates. He enjoyed the triumphs of Sherman and Sheridan, and of all national commanders, as keenly asRosecrans, as well as of Meade and Butler and Sheridan, so that all should contribute to the safety e dashing genius or the personal magnetism of Sheridan, but possessed not a few traits in common withortest notice. At the same time he directed Sheridan: If you are satisfied this is so, send the Sid them how Thomas being set to hold Hood, and Sheridan retained to watch Early, while Meade and Butlportant of which now came from Georgia, since Sheridan had laid waste the Valley. When the listened that the country could not think higher of Sheridan and Thomas and Schofield than he did, nor thawhat he said about Thomas, and Schofield, and Sheridan, and most of all Sherman, others left his pre[1 more...]
George H. Thomas (search for this): chapter 4
orized Sherman's movement, he said to Halleck: Thomas should be prepared to concentrate a force on Ho river, you will send them directly to Major-General Thomas, to confront and frustrate such a movemckson, Paris, and the lower Tennessee, and General Thomas reports the capture by him of a gunboat anneers waved him adieu, and turning his back on Thomas and Hood, Sherman set out on his march to the rate whatever force it was possible to give to Thomas, on whom the brunt of the next fighting was ceorrest had escaped from Tennessee, he directed Thomas to replace all the guards on the roads to Chatut never flinched. This day Sherman said: General Thomas is well alive to the occasion, and better lle with the Tennessee. This point was one of Thomas's bases of supplies, and the approach of Forreorrest's cavalry. See Appendix for Returns of Thomas and Hood, during October, November, and Decembrk out his own problem, without interference. Thomas, however, knew what was expected of him, and s[80 more...]
Stevenson (search for this): chapter 4
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 Miswait before giving orders for repairs. On the 10th, he ordered: Collect all your command at some converging place, say Stevenson. ... Call on all troops within your reach. Orders to this effect were given to Thomas the same day, but that officer prnessee in force, abandon all minor points, and concentrate at some point where you cover the road from Murfreesboroa to Stevenson. These instructions were identical with those that Grant had given two weeks before. But Thomas abandoned nothing. Hron's brigade, about 1,200. The balance of my command was distributed along the railroad, and posted at Murfreesboroa, Stevenson, Bridgeport, Huntsville, Decatur, and Chattanooga, to keep open communications and hold the posts above named, if attac
Meade Grant (search for this): chapter 4
but possessed not a few traits in common with Grant. His judgment was sound, his patience untirin to move to the sea, leaving Hood in his rear, Grant, it will be remembered, at once declared that ving given his sanction to Sherman's movement, Grant said to Halleck: I think it will be advisable troops from Missouri, and when he reported to Grant the approach of Hood, he also announced: If Rois time Thomas received his orders direct from Grant. He was now in command of all the national tr had been recalled from the Valley by Lee, and Grant sent word at once to City Point: Should such a more ordinary peril of Thomas, in Tennessee. Grant, however, allayed their fears: he showed them ends, and the President reminded him of this. Grant replied that he knew it well, but they were noy was to be subdued. With these general views Grant was, at this stage of the war, in complete accng any man in prominent place at the front, if Grant positively urged his removal. He never refuse[31 more...]
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