Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Grant Establishes Headquarters at Culpeper

Saturday, March 26, 1864

General Ulysses S. Grant arrived at his headquarters in Culpeper, Virginia to prepare for the Spring Campaign of 1864.1

1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 338.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Oliver's Story - Re-enlistment for Three Years Service

Saturday, March 19, 1864

This day, at winter camp in Stevensburg, Virginia, Private Oliver Stanton Bates re-enlisted for three additional years of military service with Company A of the Twentieth Massachusetts as a veteran volunteer. Upon re-enlistment as a veteran volunteer Oliver was granted five weeks of furlough from March 23 to April 28.

Oliver was twenty-three years old at the time of his re-enlistment.1

1Compiled service record, Oliver S. Bates, Pvt., Co. A, 20th Massachusetts Infantry; Carded Records, Volunteer Organizations, Civil War; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ulysses S. Grant Takes Command of all Union Armies

Wednesday, March 9, 1864

General Ulysses S. received his commission to assume command of all Union armies from President Lincoln. The U.S. Congress had prepared the way for Grant's commission by reviving the rank of Lieutenant General two weeks earlier on February 26.1

1Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 324.