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Scouting for Grant and Meade: The Reminiscences of Judson Knight, Chief of Scouts, Army of the Potomac

Scouting for Grant and Meade: The Reminiscences of Judson Knight, Chief of Scouts, Army of the Potomac

Language: English

Pages: 168

ISBN: 1628736984

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A never-before-seen look into the dangerous job of scouting during the American Civil War.

Scouting for Grant and Meade is comprised of the popular recollections of Judson Knight, former chief scout of the Army of the Potomac from August 1864 to June 1865. Originally beginning as a serialized column in the armed forces service paper National Tribune, Knight’s column Fighting Them Over Again offers a rare glimpse into the comings and goings of scouts behind enemy lines during the American Civil War. A must-have for any history buff, Scouting for Grant and Meade not only offers a day-to-day account of a scout for the Union army, but also provides valuable insight into historical events from the perspective of an eyewitness. Knight reveals his unique experiences behind Confederate lines, including how he came across many women living alone on their own plantations with their slaves. His account revealed to his contemporaries that slaves living in the South never betrayed Union scouts hiding behind Confederate lines. Working within a newly growing military intelligence field, Knight details his daring and resourceful experiences, often taking orders directly from General Grant himself.

Noteworthy for being well written for its time, Knight writes with a conversational tone that remains easily accessible to the modern reader. Extensively fact-checked, Scouting for Grant and Meade offers a personalized account of the bloodiest war ever to be fought on American soil.

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We would start early in the afternoon with a mule team, and would conceal our outfit and provisions in the thick woods, which skirted the Rapidan river. While one would cook supper, the other two would carefully examine the opposite bank of the river, to discover and locate the rebel pickets and select a suitable crossing place at night. We were provided with two rubber tubes shaped like a cigar. These we would inflate with a hand bellow and place slats crosswise; it would float two of us. We

scouts they charged and captured some 30 to 40 prisoners, a few escaping within the rebel fortifications, and I dare say they quickly carried the news to “Jeff” that a “right smart heap o’ Yanks” desired to pay him a visit. The rebel authorities knew there were scouting parties out south of the Rapidan, but had no idea that an attempt would be made to enter Richmond. Our appearance at their gate was a complete surprise to them, and I have always thought the movement should have proved a success

transports to Urbana and go up the neck. We have a few captured horses but probably not as many as we lost, stole all the chickens and all other eatables in the country which is about the entire result of the raid. I do not make this as an official report but merely tell you very hurriedly part of what I saw and have heard. I am with Manning who is all right and sends his kind regards to Gen Patrick yourself and Bab[cock].83 I will return to the Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, as soon as

Army of the Potomac & here at H.Q. Armies of the U.S. in the field, of which [the] latter Genl Patrick is the Pro Mar Genl. He comes down occasionally for a day or two, & then I return to represent him. My interviews with Genl Grant are frequent—generally every day.” Letter, Sharpe to Jansen Hasbrouck, August 15, 1864, Sharpe Collection, Senate House Museum, Kingston, New York. Headquarters of the BMI scouts at City Point established in July 1864. It was from here that Judson Knight and Col.

to Col. Sharpe and got papers from him to take any negro I might find at Bermuda Hundreds working for a Quartermaster, provided I found one willing to go with me. By calling upon the Harbor master we could always get a steamboat or tug to take us anywhere we wished to go. After a call on him I went over to Bermuda Hundreds, and went to the home of a family who had lived there all through the war. As I expected, I found an old colored man who had remained at home all the time. The first question

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