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Springfield (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
by no means, he says in a letter to his father-in-law at this time, In all this I can see but the doom of slavery. Believing he could better serve his state at Springfield, he declined the captaincy of a volunteer company, but helped them form and drill, and went with them to Springfield on the same train. But, though Washburne'sSpringfield on the same train. But, though Washburne's belief in him was already considerable, his influence for a while wrought nothing in the chaos of intrigues and appointments. As the French Colonel Szabad vividly describes this period in our country: Never were commanders of such high rank created with more rapidity and less discernment. Those who had some knowledge of the art ommission of colonel of an Ohio regiment, Governor Yates telegraphed him his appointment as colonel of the Twenty-first Illinois; and this he chose, and went to Springfield. There is a story that he was introduced to his command by two orators, who both burst into eloquence and rhapsodised for some time. His turn came, and much
Grand Gulf (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ively listening to contrary opinions, disregarded these and pursued its way. And in everything that Grant did, the admirable navy supported him brilliantly. On April 16 it ran the Vicksburg batteries in an hour and forty minutes. In six days the transports followed; and Vicksburg beheld the army that had been sitting in the mud for so many weeks depart, to return presently on its own side the river with a vengeance. Grant's arm was at length raised to strike. His first blow glanced at Grand Gulf, the southernmost defence of Vicksburg; but the next day he stood on the east shore, the tall, defended, baffling shore which Secession had called its Gibraltar. To do this, he had had to come down the river to cross at Bruinsburg, some thirty-one miles below Vicksburg. When this was effected, I felt a degree of relief scarcely ever equalled since, he says. I was on dry ground on the same side of the river with the enemy. He now manoeuvred to deceive Pemberton, and easily did so. On
Edgefield (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
command, and put in arrest! Halleck had not heard from him; and Halleck had heard of his leaving his post and going to Nashville. Grant's enemies, the contractors, had not enjoyed his recent suggestion to Halleck that all fraudulent contractors beting to learn the cause of Grant's silence (which was due to interrupted communications) or Grant's reason for going to Nashville (which was to confer with Buell, who had occupied that town), petulantly complained to Washington. It was set right inresident I have had enough of the show business, completes the picture. No, not quite. One week later, when he was in Nashville arranging with Sherman the vast concluding process of the Rebellion, the show business, in the shape of the mayor with eizing it elsewhere. Besides Sheridan, Sherman was closing in upon it in Georgia, and Thomas soon struck it heavily at Nashville. These simultaneous strides of disaster had all been set and kept in motion by the single central will. And, no matte
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 5
o be, however. He next wrote from home to Washington offering his services, and with some hesitat . . . declined my offer to recommend him to Washington for a brigadier-generalship, saying he didn'ow as to the future, he says, do not stay in Washington. Halleck is better qualified than you to st's sake and your country's sake, come out of Washington! That is why Grant did come out when he wand crowds attended him after his arrival in Washington to receive his new rank. His actual arrivaln writes to his brother of the adulations in Washington, and his fear that Grant will be spoiled. A Confederacy blow after blow. Here, between Washington and Richmond — only a hundred mils — blow afn supplies. This, too, for a while screened Washington. Grant moved by the left flank May 3, cho Early's almost successful attempt to take Washington did not frighten Grant from his siege of Pet He writes again, when less firm spirits at Washington had been counselling a halt: I have seen you[1 more...]<
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
V. On Friday, April 12, 1861, news reached Galena that South Carolina had fired upon Fort Sumter. On Monday came tidings of its capture. On Tuesday there was a town meeting, with a slippery mayor. But two spirits of a different quality spoke out. Washburne said, Any man who will try to stir party prejudices at such a time as this is a traitor. Rawlins ended his fervent speech, We will stand by the flag of our country, and appeal to the God of battles. These two names must always be joined with Grant's fortunes; and this was the first night of their common cause. Washburne in Congress became Grant's good angel against the public, and Rawlins in Grant's tent was his good angel against temptation — John A. Rawlins, farmer, charcoal-burner, self-educated lawyer, swarthy, rough-hewn, passionate, as Mr. Garland writes of him. In later years Grant said, I always disliked to hear anybody swear except Rawlins. It was over Grant's whiskey that many of these oaths were raised; and, t
Danville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
er his prize was in the conqueror's heart. As he had asked at Donelson, Why humiliate a brave enemy and as at Vicksburg he had forbidden a cheer to be raised over the surrendered, or any taunt made as they passed, so now he avoided Richmond; and Lee's last march went on. The good deeds and the exploits of Sheridan's cavalry spurred the infantry to a race. The pursuit quickened; and Sheridan, striking blow on blow at the front, forever called back for greater speed. Lee must not escape to Danville. Lee must be headed off, and compelled to fight again. Newhall, of Sheridan's staff, writes: All along the road were evidences of the demoralisation of the enemy. Flankers and scouting parties of cavalry were continually bringing in scores of prisoners from the woods on either side,--prisoners who would throw down their arms at the sight of blue uniforms and request to be captured. The steadfast women who begged them to turn back and face us again had been laughed to scorn. At dark o
Paris, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
aid that an army of fifty thousand trained soldiers could have ended the matter in six months. But this military man, at that time, had not suppressed the Boers. Such utterances are, of course, merely the voice of English petulance that our house, when divided against itself, did not fall. United, we were a disagreeable competitor for England. Moreover, the Union's triumph might affect England's getting Southern cotton, it was feared; and in Lord Russell's evasions over the Declaration of Paris, and in the sailing of the Alabama, and in the welcome which London gave Benjamin (of Davis's cabinet) when he came there to live after the war, England's hostile undertone to the Union speaks out plainly. We had friends there: the Prince Consort, and through him the Queen; John Bright and the Manchester men. But the rank and file of the aristocracy were full of virtuous rage at our presuming to be a great nation. No more than Grant does Jefferson Davis seem to have looked for a grave st
Gettysburg (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
to open the Mississippi River for their benefit cannot be imposed upon with impunity. So Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg to Grant in a sulky temper, and proceeded to write articles proving Johnston was to blame. On the day before, the noble and defeated Lee was saying to a Confederate brother, Never mind, general, all this has been my fault: it is I that have lost this fight, and you must help me out of it the best way you can. For on the preceding day, July 3, 1863, the Union had won Gettysburg. On this day of Vicksburg's surrender, Lee began his retreat. Had two separate nations been at war, here they would have stopped. But one piece of a nation was trying to separate itself from the rest; and the rest had to follow it, and wholly crush it. This necessity was clearly seen then by no one so much as by General Grant. Off in the West by himself, his clear, strong mind had grasped it; and every blow he struck was to this end, and every counsel that he gave. The North began to
Louisville (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ere, upon the treacherous embers of controversy. Twice in September, Grant, still in bed, had sent Rosecrans assistance. On October 10 he received a summons to Cairo, and hobbled off on the same day. From Cairo on the 17th he was ordered to Louisville, and on the way met the Secretary of War, who placed him in command of the newly created Military Division of the Mississippi. Matters were desperate at Chattanooga. Rains had melted the country to mire, and ten thousand horses and mules werenue of supplies. Rosecrans stopped at the hospital. When Smith reported from his inspection of the shore down the river, he found the general relieved by Grant, and Thomas in his place. Next day Grant, still very lame, began his journey from Louisville to Chattanooga. By train, on horseback through the washed-out mountains, and carried in dangerous places because of his injury, he reached Chattanooga the night of the 23d, wet, dirty, and well, as Dana's literary pen wrote Stanton. And forth
Fort Pillow (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
and sending but sixteen thousand to Donelson, Sidney Johnston made a perilous error. In giving the command to Floyd and Pillow, he made the error worse. Grant knew them. He struck, and won. They deserted, leaving Buckner to conduct the surrender.felt and bowed to. Some further pictures of Grant at Donelson show several sides of the man. On the eve of the surrender, Pillow had made a desperate sortie while Grant was conferring with Foote on his gunboat. For a while it was a bad business; ando on to Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and Appomattox. As Donelson, so now Corinth opened more gates down the Mississippi--Fort Pillow and Memphis. Before the first of May, Farragut and Porter had taken New Orleans. Vicksburg should have followed as n When Union began to fight to a finish, Secession cried out. Sheridan is still denounced; but Secession's massacre of Fort Pillow and burning of Chambersburg are not mentioned. So the South knew that in Grant's deadly grip and will was something
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