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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
n; for, though I must believe it is far better for the child to be called by its heavenly Creator into his presence in its purity and innocence, unpolluted by sin and uncontaminated by the vices of the world, still, it so wrings a parent's heart with anguish that it is painful to see. Yet I know it was done in mercy to both.
The child has been saved from all misery and sin here.
The father has been given a touching appeal and powerful inducement to prepare for hereafter.
In the summer of 1857, Colonel Johnston being ordered to report to Washington for the purpose of taking charge of the Utah expedition, Lieutenant-Colonel Lee assumed command of his regiment.
The death of his father-in-law, Mr. Custis, recalled him to Arlington in the fall of that year; but he returned as soon as possible to his regimental headquarters in Texas.
The death of the adopted son of Washington, October 10, 1857, in his seventy-sixth year, was greatly deplored.
His unbounded hospitality was as broad as
d and organized a brigade in southwest Virginia, and in July led it over to the region of the Kanawha.
This was the first field assigned to George B. McClellan by the Federal War Department, an officer of great promise, who, graduating at West Point in 1846, had for his classmates, among others, Burnside and Stonewall Jackson.
He served first in the Engineer Corps, and in 1855 was appointed a captain in the First Cavalry.
His previous military experience had been much the same as Lee's. In 1857 he resigned, to take up railroad work, and when war commenced he was made a major general of Ohio volunteers.
He crossed into northwest Virginia on the 26th of May, he says, of his own volition and without orders.
A portion of his command was under General Cox on the Kanawha.
In McClellan's immediate front was a Confederate force under General Robert S. Garnett, who had been ordered to defend that portion of northwest Virginia.
Garnett was a Virginian, who had graduated at the Military