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Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
am, with some armed transports, went up the James River to Lower Brandon and destroyed a large quanomattox, and Osborn nineteen miles down the James River from Richmond. The banks of both rivers ars Fort Pocahontas, on the north side of the James River, and at Fort Powhatan, shortly above, on thy embark his troops at Newport News [on the James River], transfer them to Acquia Creek [near Washiusand men — to operate on the south side of James River, Richmond being your objective point. To tyour holding close to the south bank of the James River as you advance. Then, should the enemy be join me there, i. e., on the north bank of the James, thus scooping Richmond out of the Confederacyles K. Graham, moved at night on the 4th up James River, destroyed the enemy's signal stations, ands, having in view an early demonstration up James River from the right of our position. And with the send up a force along the north bank of the James to search for torpedoes, and the wires and bat[3 more...]
Tunstall (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
essed at the intrigues in and out of his Cabinet to defeat his renomination; but that was now assured, and the question of a man for the second place on the ticket was freely and earnestly discussed. Mr. Lincoln thought and so did I that Mr. Hamlin's position during the four years of his administration made it advisable to have a new name substituted. Several men were freely talked of, but without conclusion as to any particular person. Not long after that I was requested to come to the White House again. I went and the subject was again brought up by the President, and the result of our conversation was that Mr. Lincoln asked me to go to Fortress Monroe and ask General Butler if he would be willing to run, and, if not, to confer with him upon the subject. General Butler positively declined to consider the subject, saying that he preferred to remain in the military service, and he thought a man could not justify himself in leaving the army in the time of war to run for a politic
Harrisburg, Pa. (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
ly and respectfully as a Vice-President should do. No, no, my friend. To be serious, tell the President I will do everything I can to aid his election if he is nominated, and that I hope he will be, as until this war is finished there should be no change of administration. I am sorry you won't go on with us, replied my friend, but I think you are sound in your judgment. The following is a statement of the matter made by Mr. Cameron during his lifetime:-- I had been summoned from Harrisburg by the President to consult with him in relation to the approaching campaign. He was holding a reception when I arrived, but after it was over we had a long and earnest conversation. Mr. Lincoln had been much distressed at the intrigues in and out of his Cabinet to defeat his renomination; but that was now assured, and the question of a man for the second place on the ticket was freely and earnestly discussed. Mr. Lincoln thought and so did I that Mr. Hamlin's position during the four y
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
rs at Fortress Monroe. The Union forces were then in occupation of the peninsula between the York and James Rivers, up to the line of Williamsburg, the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and a line extending towards Suffolk, about seven miles from Norfolk, on the line of the Dismal Swamp Canal in Virginia, and by the aid of the gunNorfolk, on the line of the Dismal Swamp Canal in Virginia, and by the aid of the gunboats, the Currituck, Albemarle, and Pamlico Sounds, Roanoke Island, Hatteras Bank, Morehead City, Beaufort, the line of railroad from New Berne, and the cities of New Berne, Plymouth, and Washington, and as much land as was fairly within the pickets of the garrison of those cities in North Carolina. Upon inspection of these sevown and Gloucester Point, and all the colored infantry and artillery at Hampton, the colored cavalry at Williamsburg, and all the white cavalry at the line beyond Norfolk in the direction of Suffolk. About the 1st of May West Point, at the head of York River, was seized, preparations were made for building wharves and landings,
Portsmouth, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
insubordinate and hostile the fighting around Drury's Bluff false despatches of Grant's successes Butler supposes him rapidly approaching and acts accordingly On the second day of November, 1863, without solicitation, I was detailed to the command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, with headquarters at Fortress Monroe. The Union forces were then in occupation of the peninsula between the York and James Rivers, up to the line of Williamsburg, the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and a line extending towards Suffolk, about seven miles from Norfolk, on the line of the Dismal Swamp Canal in Virginia, and by the aid of the gunboats, the Currituck, Albemarle, and Pamlico Sounds, Roanoke Island, Hatteras Bank, Morehead City, Beaufort, the line of railroad from New Berne, and the cities of New Berne, Plymouth, and Washington, and as much land as was fairly within the pickets of the garrison of those cities in North Carolina. Upon inspection of these several posts it
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 16
, and the cities of New Berne, Plymouth, and Washington, and as much land as was fairly within the pgraph wires would not work between there and Washington so that the President's pardon could not reainst Richmond. Troops could be brought from Washington and the North by water transportation in thrthe celerity possible, yet our troops got to Washington in time to repulse Early's attack. Grant aid he was quite sure that the government at Washington would not permit him thus to uncover it. He can against them. The necessity of covering Washington with the Army of the Potomac, and of coverinuty assigned by the President, I returned to Washington and reported the result to Mr. Lincoln. He sion of the lieutenant-general, I ordered Washington, N. C., to be evacuated, and the troops sent toommand of this department, that Plymouth and Washington were worse than useless to us, was unhappilyGrant had assured me were to be collected in Washington, to be sent to the weak points, with the ide[13 more...]
Proctor (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
e temporarily, I came to the conclusion to take command in person of this movement so that nothing should be lost because of any disagreement between my corps commanders, neither of whom really desired that the other should succeed. At daybreak on the 12th, all the movements were made in conformity with these orders. Brigadier-General Ames' brigade was posted near Port Walthall Junction to cover our rear from the enemy's forces arriving at Petersburg from the South. The enemy met us at Proctor or Mill Creek, and after several severe engagements were forced back into their first line of works around Drury's Bluff. As soon as the roads by Chesterfield Court-House were opened by our advance, in obedience to the instructions of the lieutenant-general, General Kautz was sent with his cavalry by those roads to cut the Danville Railroad and the James River Canal. He was not able to strike the canal, but cut the road near Appomattox Station, and thence marched along the line of the roa
Brandon (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
to recruit a regiment of loyal Virginians, but after many months of energetic trial, both by them and by myself, the attempt was abandoned. A company and a half was all the recruits that State would furnish to the Union, and these were employed in defending the lighthouses and protecting the loyal inhabitants from the outrages of their immediate neighbors. January 25, 1864, the roads being impassable, Brigadier-General Graham, with some armed transports, went up the James River to Lower Brandon and destroyed a large quantity of provisions and forage stored there, and captured some smuggling vessels. Major-General Pickett, of the Confederate forces, made an attack upon New Berne and our lines at Beaufort, N. C., on the 1st of February, but was cleverly repulsed with loss, Brigadier-General Palmer commanding the district. By a surprise of an outpost, fifty-three of the Second North Carolina (loyal) Regiment were captured by General Pickett. By his order they were tried by cou
Aquia Creek (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
ause it is all inland navigation. In the re-transfer of McClellan's army in 1862, Halleck reports that On the first of August I ordered General Burnside to immediately embark his troops at Newport News [on the James River], transfer them to Acquia Creek [near Washington], and take position opposite Fredericksburg. This officer moved with great promptness, and reached Acquia Creek on the night of the third. It also happened that I was proven right, for in the summer Lee did send Early to Acquia Creek on the night of the third. It also happened that I was proven right, for in the summer Lee did send Early to make an attack on Washington with his corps, it being known that quite all the veteran troops had been drawn to the Army of the Potomac, and substantially all others. Early began his attack upon Washington, and Wright with his Sixth Corps was sent from City Point by water, and I sent a portion of the Nineteenth Corps, and although the transportation was by no means conducted with all the celerity possible, yet our troops got to Washington in time to repulse Early's attack. Grant seemed very
York (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
mand of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, with headquarters at Fortress Monroe. The Union forces were then in occupation of the peninsula between the York and James Rivers, up to the line of Williamsburg, the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and a line extending towards Suffolk, about seven miles from Norfolk, on thll their ammunition and supplies in twenty-four hours after I was notified of the march of his army across the Rapidan. By besieging West Point, at the head of York River, and beginning to fortify it, erecting store-houses, as if I was making a base of supplies for my army when it landed to meet the army of the enemy, I could so ed cavalry at Williamsburg, and all the white cavalry at the line beyond Norfolk in the direction of Suffolk. About the 1st of May West Point, at the head of York River, was seized, preparations were made for building wharves and landings, and fortifications were begun, as if with the intention of making this the base of operat
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