Ulysses Grant Memoirs (1885)

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Chapter I. Ancestry--Birth--Boyhood.

Chapter II. West Point--Graduation.

Chapter III. Army Life--Causes of the Mexican War--Camp Salubrity.

Chapter IV. Corpus Christi--Mexican Smuggling--Spanish Rule In Mexico--Supplying Transportation.

Chapter V. Trip to Austin--Promotion to Full Second-Lieutenant--Army of Occupation.

Chapter VI. Advance of the Army--Crossing the Colorado--The Rio Grande.

Chapter VII. the Mexican War--The Battle of Palo Alto--The Battle of Resaca De La Palma--Army of Invasion--General Taylor--Movement on Camargo.

Chapter VIII. Advance on Monterey--The Black Fort--The Battle of Monterey--Surrender of the City.

Chapter IX. Political Intrigue--Buena Vista--Movement Against Vera Cruz--Siege and Capture of Vera Cruz.

Chapter X. March to Jalapa--Battle of Cerro Gordo--Perote--Puebla--Scott and Taylor.

Chapter XI. Advance on the City of Mexico--Battle of Contreras--Assault At Churubusco--Negotiations For Peace--Battle of Molino Del Rey--Storming of Chapultepec--San Cosme--Evacuation of the City--Halls of the Montezumas.

Chapter XII. Promotion to First Lieutenant--Capture of the City of Mexico--The Army--Mexican Soldiers--Peace Negotiations.

Chapter XIII. Treaty of Peace--Mexican Bull Fights--Regimental Quartermaster--Trip to Popocatapetl--Trip to the Caves of Mexico.

Chapter XIV. Return of the Army--Marriage--Ordered to the Pacific Coast--Crossing the Isthmus--Arrival At San Francisco.

Chapter XV. San Francisco--Early California Experiences--Life on the Pacific Coast--Promoted Captain--Flush Times In California.

Chapter XVI. Resignation--Private Life--Life At Galena--The Coming Crisis.

Chapter XVII. Outbreak of the Rebellion--Presiding At A Union Meeting--Mustering Officer of State Troops--Lyon At Camp Jackson--Services Tendered to the Government.

Chapter XVIII. Appointed Colonel of the 21st Illinois--Personnel of the Regiment--General Logan--March to Missouri--Movement Against Harris At Florida, Mo.--General Pope In Command--Stationed At Mexico, Mo.

Chapter XIX. Commissioned Brigadier-General--Command At Ironton, Mo.--Jefferson City--Cape Girardeau--General Prentiss--Seizure of Paducah--Headquarters At Cairo.

Chapter XX. General Fremont In Command--Movement Against Belmont--Battle of Belmont--A Narrow Escape--After the Battle.

Chapter XXI. General Halleck In Command--Commanding the District of Cairo--Movement on Fort Henry--Capture of Fort Henry.

Chapter XXII. Investment of Fort Donelson--The Naval Operations--Attack of the Enemy--Assaulting the Works--Surrender of the Fort.

Chapter XXIII. Promoted Major-General of Volunteers--Unoccupied Territory--Advance Upon Nashville--Situation of the Troops--Confederate Retreat--Relieved of the Command--Restored to the Command--General Smith.

Chapter XXIV. the Army At Pittsburg Landing--Injured By A Fall--The Confederate Attack At Shiloh--The First Day's Fight At Shiloh--General Sherman--Condition of the Army--Close of the First Day's Fight--The Second Day's Fight--Retreat and Defeat of the Confederates.

Chapter XXV. Struck By A Bullet--Precipitate Retreat of the Confederates--Intrenchments At Shiloh--General Buell--General Johnston--Remarks on Shiloh.

Chapter XXVI. Halleck Assumes Command In the Field--The Advance Upon Corinth--Occupation of Corinth--The Army Separated.

Chapter XXVII. Headquarters Moved to Memphis--On the Road to Memphis--Escaping Jackson--Complaints and Requests--Halleck Appointed Commander-In-Chief--Return to Corinth--Movements of Bragg--Surrender of Clarksville--The Advance Upon Chattanooga--Sheridan Colonel of A Michigan Regiment.

Chapter XXVIII. Advance of Van Dorn and Price--Price Enters Iuka--Battle of Iuka.

Chapter XXIX. Van Dorn's Movements--Battle of Corinth--Command of the Department of the Tennessee.

Chapter XXX. the Campaign Against Vicksburg--Employing the Freedmen--Occupation of Holly Springs--Sherman Ordered to Memphis--Sherman's Movements Down the Mississippi--Van Dorn Captures Holly Springs--Collecting Forage and Food.

Chapter XXXI. Headquarters Moved to Holly Springs--General Mcclernand In Command--Assuming Command At Young's Point--Operations Above Vicksburg--Fortifications About Vicksburg--The Canal--Lake Providence--Operations At Yazoo Pass.

Chapter XXXII. the Bayous West of the Mississippi--Criticisms of the Northern Press--Running the Batteries--Loss of the Indianola--Disposition of the Troops.

Chapter XXXIII. Attack on Grand Gulf--Operations Below Vicksburg.

Chapter XXXIV. Capture of Port Gibson--Grierson's Raid--Occupation of Grand Gulf--Movement Up the Big Black--Battle of Raymond.

Chapter XXXV. Movement Against Jackson--Fall of Jackson--Intercepting the Enemy--Battle of Champion's Hill.

Chapter XXXVI. Battle of Black River Bridge--Crossing the Big Black--Investment of Vicksburg--Assaulting the Works.

Chapter XXXVII. Siege of Vicksburg.

Chapter XXXVIII. Johnston's Movements--Fortifications At Haines's Bluff--Explosion of the Mine--Explosion of the Second Mine--Preparing For the Assault--The Flag of Truce--Meeting with Pemberton--Negotiations For Surrender--Accepting the Terms--Surrender of Vicksburg.

Chapter XXXIX. Retrospect of the Campaign--Sherman's Movements--Proposed Movement Upon Mobile--A Painful Accident--Ordered to Report At Cairo.

Chapter XL. First Meeting with Secretary Stanton--General Rosecrans--Commanding Military Division of Mississippi--Andrew Johnson's Address--Arrival At Chattanooga.

Chapter XLI. Assuming the Command At Chattanooga--Opening A Line of Supplies--Battle of Wauhatchie--On the Picket Line.

Chapter XLII. Condition of the Army--Rebuilding the Railroad--General Burnside's Situation--Orders For Battle--Plans For the Attack--Hooker's Position--Sherman's Movements.

Chapter XLIII. Preparations For Battle--Thomas Carries the First Line of the Enemy--Sherman Carries Missionary Ridge--Battle of Lookout Mountain--General Hooker's Fight.

Chapter XLIV. Battle of Chattanooga--A Gallant Charge--Complete Rout of the Enemy--Pursuit of the Confederates--General Bragg--Remarks on Chattanooga.

Chapter XLV. the Relief of Knoxville--Headquarters Moved to Nashville--Visiting Knoxville--Cipher Dispatches--Withholding Orders.

Chapter XLVI. Operations In Mississippi--Longstreet In East Tennessee--Commissioned Lieutenant-General--Commanding the Armies of the United States--First Interview with President Lincoln.

Chapter XLVII. the Military Situation--Plans For the Campaign--Sheridan Assigned to Command of the Cavalry--Flank Movements--Forrest At Fort Pillow--General Banks's Expedition--Colonel Mosby--An Incident of the Wilderness Campaign.

Chapter XLVIII. Commencement of the Grand Campaign--General Butler's Position--Sheridan's First Raid.

Chapter XLIX. Sherman's Campaign In Georgia--Siege of Atlanta--Death of General McPherson--Attempt to Capture Andersonville--Capture of Atlanta.

Chapter L. Grand Movement of the Army of the Potomac--Crossing the Rapidan--Entering the Wilderness--Battle of the Wilderness.

Chapter LI. After the Battle--Telegraph and Signal Service--Movement By the Left Flank.

Chapter LII. Battle of SpottsyLVania--Hancock's Position--Assault of Warren's and Wright's Corps--Upton Promoted on the Field--Good News From Butler and Sheridan.

Chapter LIII. Hancock's Assault--Losses of the Confederates--Promotions Recommended--Discomfiture of the Enemy--Ewell's Attack--Reducing the Artillery.

Chapter LIV. Movement By the Left Flank--Battle of North Anna--An Incident of the March--Moving on Richmond--South of the Pamunkey--Position of the National Army.

Chapter LV. Advance on Cold Harbor--An Anecdote of the War--Battle of Cold Harbor--Correspondence with Lee Retrospective.

Chapter LVI. Left Flank Movement Across the Chickahominy and James--General Lee--Visit to Butler--The Movement on Petersburg--The Investment of Petersburg.

Chapter LVII. Raid on the Virginia Central Railroad--Raid on the Weldon Railroad--Early's Movement Upon Washington--Mining the Works Before Petersburg--Explosion of the Mine Before Petersburg --Campaign In the Shenandoah Valley--Capture of the Weldon Railroad.

Chapter LVIII. Sheridan's Advance--Visit to Sheridan--Sheridan's Victory In the Shenandoah--Sheridan's Ride to Winchester--Close of the Campaign For the Winter.

Chapter LIX. the Campaign In Georgia--Sherman's March to the Sea--War Anecdotes--The March on Savannah--Investment of Savannah--Capture of Savannah.

Chapter LX. the Battle of Franklin--The Battle of Nashville

Chapter LXI. Expedition Against Fort Fisher--Attack on the Fort--Failure of the Expedition--Second Expedition Against the Fort--Capture of Fort Fisher.

Chapter LXII. Sherman's March North--Sheridan Ordered to Lynchburg--Canby Ordered to Move Against Mobile--Movements of Schofield and Thomas--Capture of Columbia, South Carolina--Sherman In the Carolinas.

Chapter LXIII. Arrival of the Peace Commissioners--Lincoln and the Peace Commissioners--An Anecdote of Lincoln--The Winter Before Petersburg--Sheridan Destroys the Railroad--Gordon Carries the Picket Line--Parke Recaptures the Line--The Battle of White Oak Road.

Chapter LXIV. Interview with Sheridan--Grand Movement of the Army of the Potomac--Sheridan's Advance on Five Forks--Battle of Five Forks--Parke and Wright Storm the Enemy's Line--Battles Before Petersburg.

Chapter LXV. the Capture of Petersburg--Meeting President Lincoln In Petersburg--The Capture of Richmond--Pursuing the Enemy--Visit to Sheridan and Meade.

Chapter LXVI. Battle of Sailor's Creek--Engagement At Farmville--Correspondence with General Lee--Sheridan Intercepts the Enemy.

Chapter LXVII. Negotiations At Appomattox--Interview with Lee At Mclean's House--The Terms of Surrender--Lee's Surrender--Interview with Lee After the Surrender.

Chapter LXVIII. Morale of the Two Armies--Relative Conditions of the North and South--President Lincoln Visits Richmond--Arrival At Washington--President Lincoln's Assassination--President Johnson's Policy.

Chapter LXIX. Sherman and Johnston--Johnston's Surrender to Sherman--Capture of Mobile--Wilson's Expedition-- Capture of Jefferson Davis--General Thomas's Qualities--Estimate of General Canby.

Chapter LXX. The End of the War--The March to Washington--One of Lincoln's Anecdotes--Grand Review At Washington--Characteristics of Lincoln and Stanton--Estimate of the Different Corps Commanders.

Conclusion


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