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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Leading Confederates on the battle of Gettysburg. (search)
tion has been directed to the letter of Col. E. P. Alexander, of date of 17th March, 1877, on the su to comprehend how it could be stated by Colonel Alexander that he was placed by General Longstreetthe artillery of the First corps of the army-Alexander's battalion and the Washington Artillery. Ieturned to me. It was understood that Colonel Alexander had been charged with the duty of observlton, chief of artillery. On the 3rd, Colonel Alexander being an officer of unusual promptness, s was the case on the 2d. On the 3rd, Colonel Alexander's special service, after seeing that the would justify the assault. I regard Colonel Alexander's position on the 3d as that of an enginake a hopeless charge. I had instructed General Alexander, being unwillingly to trust myself with harge that I wrote the following note to General Alexander: If the artillery fire does not have therilliant programme of assault planned by General Alexander, and without the knowledge of that offic[14 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Our Gettysburg series. (search)
of our army, and of every arm of the service. The replies received we forwarded to the Count of Paris, and have published in our papers without note or comment of our own. Besides these we have published at different times the official reports of Generals R. E. Lee, Longstreet, A. P. Hill, J. E. B. Stuart, Rodes, R. H. Anderson, Brigadier-General J. B. Robertson, Colonel W. W. White, commanding Anderson's brigade, Brigadier-General H. L. Benning, Brigadier-Gereral J. B. Kershaw, Colonel E. P. Alexander, and Brigadier-General J. H. Lane. The reports of Generals Early, and Ewell had been previously published in the Southern Magazine, and the report of General W. N. Pendleton, Chief of Artillery, Army Nothern Virginia, which is crowded out of this number, will be published hereafter. These letters and official reports, and the other papers which we have published have made a series which has excited wide interest and attention, and called forth warm expressions as to their valu
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Advance sheets of Reminiscences of secession, war, and reconstruction, by Lieutenant-General Richard Taylor. (search)
lf-abnegation worthy of Plutarch's heroes, were anxious to get away and leave the glory and renown of defense to others. Johnston was in no sense responsible for the construction of these forts nor the assignment to their command of these self-denying warriors, but his line of communication was uncovered by their fall and he was compelled to retire to the southern bank of the Tennessee river. From the enlighteners of public opinion a howl of wrath came forth. Johnston, who had just been Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Napoleon, was now a miserable dastard and traitor, unfit to command a corporal's guard. President Davis sought to console him, and the noblest lines ever penned by man were written by Johnston in reply. They even wrung tears of repentance from the pachyderms who had attacked him, and will be a text and consolation to future commanders who serve a country tolerant of an ignorant and licentious press. As pure gold he came forth from the furnace, above the reach of sland
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A review of the First two days operations at Gettysburg and a reply to General Longstreet by General Fitz. Lee. (search)
, Colonel Cabell's, Major Dearing's, C(lonel Alexander's, and Major Eshleman's artillery battalionsrived and viewed the ground. He desired Colonel Alexander to obtain the best view he then could ofas far as practicable, the delay. Cabell's, Alexander's, and Henry's battalion's at length arrived column moved towards the enemy's left. Colonel Alexander, by General Longstreet's direction, procll's battalion deflected to the right, while Alexander's was mainly parked for a season, somewhat ubout 4 P. M., the general assault was made. Alexander's battalion moved into position, fronting thfor this great attempt, I found much, by Colonel Alexander's energy, already accomplisned on the rild about its original position on the flank, Alexander's was next in front of the peach orchard, th judiciously had they been adjusted. To Colonel Alexander, placed here in charge by General Longsttation of having unjustly claimed credit due to a comrade. Respectfully yours, E. P. Alexander. [2 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
t; and, while this is not distinctly stated, it is strongly intimated that this has always been the rule of the Department. Now, we will do General Townsend the justice to believe that the reporter misrepresented him, or else that he is personally ignorant of what has occurred in reference to those archives. At all events, we hold ourselves prepared to prove before any fair tribunal that General R. E. Lee tried in vain to get access to his own battle reports and field returns; that General E. P. Alexander, Colonel Wm. Allan, Colonel Charles Marshall, and a number of Confederate gentlemen have been refused the privilege of seeing papers which they wished for purely historical purposes; that the Executive Department of the State of Virginia has been rudely refused to see or to have copied its own records, which were seized and carried off after the capture of Richmond; that Governor Vance, of North Carolina, has been refused access to his own letter-books to disprove charges made again
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Longstreet's Second paper on Gettysburg. (search)
reports of gallant officers belonging to his corps; and we have published letters from his division commander, General Hood, and his artillery commanders, General E. P. Alexander and Colonel J. B. Walton, besides his own narrative in the Philadelphia Times. We now copy from the Times his second paper: I am induced to prepare ated in another part of the narrative, were addressed to Colonel J. B. Walton as Chief of Artillery, and show conclusively that he was in command on that day. Colonel Alexander figured more prominently in the correspondence that passed between myself and the artillery simply because I had consulted personally with Colonel Alexander Colonel Alexander on these points before the battle opened, and because he was most directly interested in the handling of the artillery massed at the peach orchard, and under cover of which Pickett was to make his charge. Colonel Walton was a brave and capable officer, and I regret that my narrative was so construed as to reflect upon his fair and