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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Personal reminiscences of the last days of Lee and his Paladins. (search)
lled a lanyard in my life. He smiled and said: You were in mighty bad company then and will have to take your chances with them. After a little time, he came back and said: According to the terms of General Lee's surrender all men and officers captured within so many hours before the time of surrender, and within so many miles of Appomattox Courthouse, are entitled to their liberty and parole. Well, I said, if that be so, I and my three friends here and some eighty or more Alabamians of Gracie's brigade, with their colonel, are entitled to their parole. And I called up the colonel, a gentleman named Saunders, I think, and put him in communication with the officer of the guard. The upshot of the affair was, that my guard produced pen and paper and made me state the case to General Meade, I think it was directed to him, at least, and forwarded by a mounted orderly, and in a few hours, we all standing in the meantime in line in the rain, there came an order for eighty-four of us t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard. (search)
On the 10th all was quiet along the Swift Creek front, but General Ransom, with Barton's and Gracie's brigades, and perhaps some other troops from the Richmond garrison, assailed Butler's rear, ne division consisted of the following brigades, in the order mentioned, commencing from the left: Gracie's; Kemper's, commanded by Colonel Terry; Bartow's, under Colonel Fry, and Hoke's old brigade, unfive stands of colors and some five hundred prisoners. The brigades most heavily engaged were Gracie's and Kemper's, opposed to the enemy's right, the former turning his flank. General Ransom then to Beauregard's urgent calls, Hoke's division was ordered to him on the 15th, and marched 12 M. Gracie's Brigade was dispatched later. These were his own troops which had been sent to Lee. At Chestet dusk a portion of the Confederate lines was wholly broken, and irreparable disaster impended. Gracie's Brigade fortunately arriving from Chaffin's Bluff at this moment, was thrown into the gap, and