Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

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CHAPTER IX.

PROMOTED MAJOR-GENERAL OF VOLUNTEERS--UNOCCUPIED TER-
RITORY--ADVANCE UPON Nashville--SITUATION OF THE
TROOPS--CONFEDERATE RETREAT--RELIEVED OF THE COM-
MAND--RESTORED TO THE COMMAND--GeneralSmith--
THE ARMY AT PITTSBURG LANDING--INJURED BY A FALL--
THE CONFEDERATE ATTACK AT SHILOH--THE FIRST DAY'S
FIGHT AT SHILOH--GeneralSHERMAN--CONDITION OF
THE ARMY--CLOSE OF THE FIRST DAY'S FIGHT--THE SEC-
OND DAY'S FIGHT--RETREAT AND DEFEAT OF THE CONFED-
ERATES--STRUCK BY A BULLET--PRECIPITATE RETREAT OF
THE CONFEDERATES--INTRENCHMENTS AT SHILOH--GEN-
ERALBUELL--GeneralJohnston--REMARKS ON SHILOH.

THE news of the fall of Fort Donelson caused great delight all over the North. At the South, particularly in Richmond, the effect was correspondingly depressing. I was promptly promoted to the grade of Major-General of Volunteers, and confirmed by the Senate. All three of my division commanders were promoted to the same grade and the colonels who commanded brigades were made brigadier-generals in the volunteer service. My chief, who was in St. Louis, telegraphed his congratulations to General Hunter in Kansas for the services he had rendered in securing the fall of Fort Donelson by sending reinforcements so rapidly. To Washington he telegraphed that the victory was due to General C. F. Smith; "promote him," he said, "and the whole country will applaud." On the 19th there was published at St. Louis a formal order thanking Flag-officer Foote and myself, and the forces under our command, for the victories on the Tennessee and the Cumberland. I received no other recognition whatever from General Halleck. But General Cullum, his chief of staff, who was at Cairo, wrote me a warm congratulatory letter on his own behalf. I approved

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • Preface. 7
  • Contents 9
  • Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. 15
  • Chapter II 32
  • Chapter III 54
  • Chapter IV 74
  • Chapter V 98
  • Chapter VI 115
  • Chapter VII 137
  • Chapter VIII 160
  • Chapter IX 187
  • Chapter X 220
  • Chapter XI 250
  • Chapter XII 279
  • Chapter XIII 312
  • Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II 345
  • Chapter XIV 347
  • Chapter XV 381
  • Chapter XVI 423
  • Chapter XVIII 505
  • Chapter XIX 563
  • Chapter XX 599
  • Chapter XXI 635
  • Index 667
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