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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
made untenable for a rebel army. I have destroyed over 2,000 barns, filled with wheat, hay, and farming implements, and over 70 mills filled with flour and wheat; have driven in front of this army over 4,000 head of stock, and have killed and issued to the troops not less than 8,000 sheep. He also reported that since he entered the valley from Harper's Ferry, every train, every small party, and every stragglers had been bushwhacked by the people, many of whom have protection papers. Lieutenant Meigs, his engineer officer, was thus murdered near Dayton. For this atrocious act, says Sheridan, all the houses within an area of five miles were burned. w Because of these devastations, a Richmond paper, echoing the sentiments of the chief Conspirators at that capital, proposed an atrocious scheme of retaliation. It was nothing less than the destruction of Northern cities by secret hired incendiaries. It was proposed to pay liberally for the service. A million of dollars, said the Ric
ssible that the army could have been in the destitute condition alleged. A long letter from General Meigs, the Quartermaster-General, is given in support of these positions. It is easy to see thae without clothing, and the army could not move until it was supplied. G. B. McClellan. To Brig.-Gen. Meigs, Quartermaster-General. That supplies sent from Washington in season were not seasonably received by General McClellan is further shown by the letter of General Meigs before referred to, which is one of the documents in the ease on the side of the Administration. At the commencement oGeneral McClellan and the Administration thereupon, one or two points are worthy of notice. General Meigs, in a letter written on the 14th of October and addressed to the general-in-chief, states, Tge is repeated in his letter to the Secretary of War of October 28, and is also found in Genera] Meigs's letter of October 14. In the original despatch to which General Halleck's letter is a reply,
ation, but, with four or five exceptions, the drivers refused to come out. Over eleven wagons were kept in motion, and at nightfall the troops were drenched to the skin, and without shelter. So, leaving guards at the regimental camps of my brigade, I moved forward with the bulk of the Third Connecticut regiment, and by 11 o'clock at night the majority were housed in the Ohio and New York camps. We kept good watch throughout the night, and early in the morning of the 23d inst., Quartermaster-General Meigs sent out long trains of wagons, and Brigade Quartermaster Hodge walked six miles to Alexandria and brought up a train of cars, and the work of removal proceeded with vigor. As early as at 5 1/2 o'clock P. M., the last thing of value had been removed and sent forward to the amount of 175 four-horse wagon loads. The order to fall in was then given, and the brigade marched in perfect order, every man with his firelock, and at sunset bivouacked near Fort Corcoran. I acknowledge g
he present rain is done-- You and I will take the carriage, With the rising of the sun, And we'll spend a day, or longer, With the soldiers in their camps, Taking stores that best may shield them From the chill November damps. Oh, I'll cheer them on to battle-- And I'll stir each lofty soul, As I paint the fields of honor Where the drums of glory roll! And I'll bid them never falter, While there's treason still abroad, In this battle of the Nation, For our Union, and for God. XII. One who fought upon the Wabash By Joe Daviess when he fell, And who bled at Meigs with Dudley, Where we met the hosts of hell; One who fought with Hart at Raisin, And with Johnson on the Thames, And with Jackson at New Orleans, Where we won immortal names, Will be listened to with patience By the heroes now at hand, Who have rushed on to our rescue, In this peril of the land. By the memory of our fathers, By the brave, and by the just, This rebellion shall be vanquished, Though each traitor bite the dust!
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 14: in command of the Army of the James. (search)
ay 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 operations for a junction with Grant's army. General Meigs, quartermaster-general, was of opinion that it would be nearly, if not quite impossible to gather sufficient transportation to move at one time thirty thousand men more than a hundred and thirty miles, or move with their artillery and supplie tried to move the Army of the Potomac from Washington to Fortress Monroe, scarcely twenty-five thousand men were able to be got afloat at one time, after months of preparations known to the whole country. But, notwithstanding his opinion, General Meigs most earnestly and zealously aided our enterprise, and allowed me to procure in my own way all the transportation I deemed necessary to move the army and its supplies. But it was impossible to obtain sufficient transportation to take with us
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 15: operations of the Army of the James around Richmond and Petersburg. (search)
e their efforts weakened, and after a while ceased, and they withdrew and left us to go on diligently putting our line of defences in perfect order. On the 19th of May, Beauregard had twenty-five thousand men, not reckoning those in Petersburg or Richmond. See Appendix No. 58. On the morning of the 21st he attacked our lines and we held them against him. See Appendix No. 59. At that time I had not more than twenty thousand effective men at Bermuda Hundred. In the meantime General Meigs and General Barnard had been sent down by Halleck to inspect my department to ascertain how Headquarters of General Grant at City Point, Va. From a photograph. many men could be sent to the aid of Grant. Owing to the disputes between Gillmore and Smith as to the line of fortification, it was in no condition to be safely held by fifteen thousand men. The rebel troops being driven away, Beauregard came to the conclusion to make no further attack upon my lines. About nine thousand
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
nt, were unwilling to be commanded by me. That was a fact that he had always known from the beginning of the campaign, and yet the command of all the troops in Virginia had been devolved upon me by Grant three times as the senior major-general in the army. He adds another reason which is, that the administration of the affairs of my department was objectionable. That is answered by the fact that he had never hinted to me any cause of dissatisfaction, and in June Halleck had sent down General Meigs, quartermaster-general of all the armies, and General Barnard, chief engineer of the Army of the Potomac, to examine into my acts in the command of the Army of the James, and into my administration of the affairs of my department, and they had reported to Halleck that I had shown rare and great ability in the administrative duties of the department. On the 11th of January, being then at Fortress Monroe, I telegraphed to General Grant as follows:-- I have asked the President's permi
vable column. All is submitted to your judgment. Benj. F. Butler, Major-General Commanding. [Cipher.] By Telegraph from Washington, May 8, 4.30. Major-General Butler: Your despatch of the 7th has just reached me. We have, as yet, no official reports from Grant. Nothing is known of his condition except from newspaper reports, which represent two days hard fighting on Thursday and Friday; from six to eight thousand wounded are sent back, and Ingalls telegraphs yesterday at noon to General Meigs that It is said the enemy are retiring. In respect to the reserves mentioned in your telegram, there are none now at the disposal of the department. General Grant has with him all the troops, and you will have to depend only upon such as may have been provided in your programme with him. Your despatch will be forwarded to him, to apprise him of your condition and for his instructions. Your success thus far is extremely gratifying to the President and this department, and we hope your
939. McDOWELL, General, inexperience previous to Bull Run, 290; inexperience of, 571; reference to, 863. McMILLAN, Colonel, 461; regarded as an able commander, 531. McPHEETUS, Colonel, 496. Meade, General, reference to, 621, 683, 700; letter from Grant to, 636; despatch from, describing attack on Petersburg, 705; reference to, 715-738; order from Grant, 827; orders not obeyed at Petersburg, 831; ordered to Burksville, 876; mentioned for major-general, 878; reference to, 901. Meigs, General, aids Butler, 639; reference to, 666; examines Butler's administration of affairs, 832. Mejan, Count, French consul, treasonable action of, 391; complaints of, 430; protest of, 471; further protest of, 473-474; Butler's reply to, 474-475; conceals Confederate gold in his consulate, 524; is recalled by the French Government, 525. Memminger, Jacob, Confederate secretary of treasury, 391. Mercer, Dr., William, pleads for Mumford's life, 442-443. Methodist Church divided by slave
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 3: Missouri, Louisiana, and California. 1850-1855. (search)
and Mrs. Sherman all the details of our agreement, and, meeting their approval, I sent to the Adjutant-General of the army my letter of resignation, to take effect at the end of the six months! leave, and the resignation was accepted, to take effect September 6, 1853. Being then a citizen, I engaged a passage out to California by the Nicaragua route, in the steamer leaving New York September 20th, for myself and family, and accordingly proceeded to New York, where I had a conference with Mr. Meigs, cashier of the American Exchange Bank, and with Messrs. Wadsworth & Sheldon, bankers, who were our New York correspondents; and on the 20th embarked for San Juan del Norte, with the family, composed of Mrs. Sherman, Lizzie, then less than a year old, and her nurse, Mary Lynch. Our passage down was uneventful, and, on the boats up the Nicaragua River, pretty much the same as before. On reaching Virgin Bay, i engaged a native with three mules to carry us across to the Pacific, and as usua
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