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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Is the Eclectic history of the United States a proper book to use in our schools? (search)
camp. In regard to Gettysburg, it is said (pages 297-8), The armies were equal in numbers, each counting 80,000 men. * * * * The Southern loss is said to have been 36, 000; that of the North, 23,000. There is no excuse at this day for so gross a misstatement of facts. Lee's force was between 60, 000 and 70,000 men, Meade's something over 100,000. The losses were about equal, and were in the neighborhood of the figures given above as the Northern loss. On page 311 we find: On the 1st of April Sheridan advanced to Five Forks, twelve miles in rear of Lee's position, and captured its garrison of 5,000 men. Five Forks was not in Lee's rear and had no garrison. It was the scene of a pitched battle between Sheridan and Pickett, where the Confederates were badly defeated and lost many prisoners. Again, on page 312, we have: Finally, on the 9th, Lee surrendered his entire command, then consisting of less than 28,000 men, at Appomattox Courthouse, Va. As Lee's command was 20,000 l