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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 1: ancestry. (search)
e tendency? He wanted to know, too, whether his sons rode and shot well, bearing in mind a Virginian's solicitude always that his sons should be taught to ride, shoot, and tell the truth. In his opinion, Hannibal was a greater soldier than Alexander or Caesar; for he thought an ardent excitement of the mind in defending menaced rights brings forth the greatest display of genius, of which, forty-four years afterward, his great son was an illustrious example. On June 18, 1817, from Nassau, of Bonaparte on the field of Waterloo. The British general, rising gradatim from his first blow struck in Portugal, climbed on that day to the summit of fame, and became distinguished by the first of titles, Deliverer of the Civilized World. Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar, among the ancients; Marlborough, Eugene, Turenne, and Frederick, among the moderns, opened their arms to receive him as a brother in glory. Again he tells him that Thales, Pittacus, and others in Greece taught the doct
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 5: invasion of Virginia. (search)
rent armies when the battles of the war began, there would be no place for him in the field, but that the active operations there would be intrusted to others at first. To Mrs. Lee, from Richmond, June 24, 1861, he wrote: My movements are very uncertain, and I wish to take the field as soon as certain arrangements can be made. I may go at any moment to any point where it may be necessary. Custis is engaged on the works around this city, and many of our old friends are dropping in. E. P. Alexander is here. Jimmy Hill, Alston, Jenifer, etc., and I hear that my old colonel, A. S. Johnston, is crossing the plains from California. Preparations for the advance of the Federal army of the Potomac on Manassas were rapidly nearing completion. Everything needed was bountifully provided from an overflowing Treasury. General Scott was still Commander in Chief of the United States Army, and still the possessor of the entire confidence of his country. Mr. Simon Cameron, Mr. Lincoln's S
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 10: Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. (search)
were stationed, protected by a stone wall. The Washington Artillery, under Colonel Walton, occupied the redoubts on the crest of Marye's Hill, and those on the heights to the right and left were held by a part of the reserve artillery. Colonel E. P. Alexander was in charge of the division batteries of Anderson, Ransom, and McLaws. A. P. Hill, of Jackson's corps, was posted between Hood's right and Hamilton's Crossing. Early's and Taliaferro's divisions composed Jackson's second line, while our files deep, was the Georgia brigade of General Thomas R. Cobb, which was afterward re-enforced by portions of Kershaw's and Cook's brigades. To reach this wall the Union troops were obliged to march over a plain swept by artillery. General E. P. Alexander, Longstreet's accomplished artilleryman, remarked before the battle: We cover that ground now so well that we will comb it as with a fine-toothed comb. A chicken could not live on that field when we open on it. The dauntless courage
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 11: Chancellorsville. (search)
ed the good of the service demanded it. Stuart was at Ely's Ford with the cavalry and Sixteenth North Carolina Infantry, having gone there to watch Averell, who, having returned from his raid, was reported to be at that point. At 10.30 P. M. Captain Adams, of Hill's staff, summoned him to the command of Jackson's corps. Upon Stuart's arrival upon the battlefield, Jackson had been taken to the rear, but A. P. Hill, still there, turned over the command to him. With the assistance of Colonel E. P. Alexander, of the artillery, he was engaged all night in preparations for the morrow. At early dawn on the 3d Stuart pressed the corps forward-Hill's division in the first line, Trimble's in the second, and Rodes's in the rear. As the sun lifted the mist, the hill to the right was found to be a commanding position for artillery. Quickly thirty pieces, under Colonels T. H. Carter and Hillary P. Jones, were firing from it, and their fire was very effective. Hooker was standing on the st
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 12: Gettysburg. (search)
ct guns then being put in position by Colonel E. P. Alexander, of the artillery. Wilcox states thae in the distance. Two hours before, Colonel E. P. Alexander, of Longstreet's artillery, reported ice, was to move forward. At twelve o'clock Alexander, with a courier of Pickett's, stood on a favays will be, a subject of grave comment. Alexander replied that he could only judge of the effeas you can use in aiding the attack. With Alexander at the time was General Wright, of Georgia, ed him nine howitzers from Hill's corps, and Alexander put them in a safe place, to wait until he sdleton had sent for a part of them, thinking Alexander would not need them; and those remaining had useless slaughter. Longstreet then rode to Alexander's position, and, upon being told the artillery ammunition might not hold out, directed Alexander to stop Pickett and replenish it; but was toldnd a good-by --a last farewell for Garnett. Alexander followed Pickett with eighteen of his guns w[4 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Index. (search)
Index. Acquia Creek, Va., 102, 135. Addison, Joseph, quoted, 171. Alexander, Colonel E. P., mentioned, 231, 253, 292, 293. Amelia Court House, Va., 379, 380, 383. Anderson, Colonel G. T., mentioned, 212. Anderson, General, mentioned, 141, 206, 254; at Gettysburg, 279, 288; succeeds Longstreet, 331; recalled, 352; at Five Forks, 376. Anderson, General, Robert, mentioned, 87. Andrew, Governor John A., mentioned, 145. Antietam, battle of, 208. Appomattox Court House, Va., 386, 387. Arab couplet quoted, 114. Archer's brigade at Gettysburg, 296. Aristo, General, Mariano, 32. Arlington Heights, 108. Arlington House, Va., mentioned, 26, 49, 63, 65, 71, 72, 76, 77, 85, 88, 89, 99, 198, 366. Arlington slaves liberated, 236, 238. Armies of the Confederacy, 326. Armistead, General, Lewis, mentioned, 58, 288; killed at Gettysburg, 296. Army of the James, 387. Army of Northern Virginia, 311, 312, 348, 379, 386. Army of the Potomac, 173, 182, 309,