Recollections of the Civil War: With the Leaders at Washington and in the Field in the Sixties

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CONTENTS.
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I. -- FROM THE TRIBUNE TO THE WAR DEPARTMENT1

First meeting with Mr. Lincoln -- Early correspondence with Mr. Stanton -- A command obtained for General Frémont -- The new energy in the military operations -- Mr. Stanton disclaims the credit -- The War Secretary's opinion of McClellan -- Mr. Dana called into Government service -- The Cairo investigation and its results -- First acquaintance with General Grant.

II. -- AT THE FRONT WITH GRANT'S ARMY16

War speculation in cotton -- In business partnership with Roscoe Conkling -- Appointed special commissioner to Grant's army -- The story of a cipher code -- From Memphis to Milliken's Bend -- The various plans for taking Vicksburg -- At Grant's headquarters -- The beginning of trouble with McClernand.

III. -- BEFORE AND AROUND VICKSBURG35

The hard job of reopening the Mississippi -- Admiral Porter runs the Confederate batteries -- Headquarters moved to Smith's plantation -- Delay and confusion in McClernand's command -- The unsuccessful attack on Grand Gulf -- The move to the east shore -- Mr. Dana manages with Grant's help to secure a good horse.

IV. -- IN CAMP AND BATTLE WITH GRANT AND HIS GENERALS47

Marching into the enemy's country -- A night in a church with a Bible for pillow -- Our communications are cut -- Entering the capital of Mississippi -- The War Department gives Grant full authority -- Battle of Champion's Hill -- General Logan's peculiarity -- Battlefield incidents -- Vicksburg invested and the siege begun -- Personal traits of Sherman, McPherson, and McClernand.

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