Thursday, October 16, 2014

General Grant Visits Fort Harrison

Sunday, October 16, 1864

During the week Generals Ulysses S. Grant, George Meade, and Benjamin Butler visited Fort Harrison to inspect the troops and the defenses around the fort. General Grant encouraged the Confederates near the fort to desert; when some of the Confederates accepted the invitation, they were fired upon by their own men. Today the Thirteenth transferred their camp to the opposite side of Fort Harrison. The Second Brigade Band performed for the soldiers, encouraging and brightening the mood at camp.1

1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 493-495.

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