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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 9 (search)
among the best soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia. What General Lee said in his letter to General Early, dated September 22, 1864, in regard to his strategy as a separate commander, was clear to all, and in the main led to his want of success. Lee said: * * As far as I can judge from this distance, you have operated more with your divisions than with your constituted strength. Circumstances may have rendered it necessary, but such a course is to be avoided if possible. When General Forest was asked the cause of his uniform success, he replied: I get there first with the most men. If not classic, this is at least epigrammatic. We cheerfully accept the well merited tribute General Early pays the chivalrous and knightly Ramseur, but it is insisted he is entitled to one still higher. Instead of fighting with a few hundred men, as Early elsewhere says, we see him, in the language of General Grimes, holding his division well in hand, officers and men doing their duty faith