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John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War. 28 0 Browse Search
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dier. His name is cut upon the marble of history in letters too deep to be effaced by the hand of Time, that terrible disintegrator. As long as the words Manassas and Shiloh strike a chord in the bosoms of men, the name Beauregard will also stir the pulses. Those mighty conflicts meet us in the early epoch of the war, grim, bloody, and possessing a tragedy of their own. The soldier who fought those battles confronts us, too, with an individuality of mind and body which cannot be mistaken. Lee is the Virginian, Hood the Texan; Beauregard is the marshal of Napoleon-or at least he looked thus in those early days when the soldiers of Virginia, gathering at Manassas, closely scanned the form and features of their new commander. From Virginia the great captain went to the West, where, as the world knows, he won new laurels; and to the end he continued to justify his title of The fortunate. That is only, however, another name for The Able, The Skilful, The Master of events — not by
During the invasion of Pennsylvania he led General Lee's advance, which reached the Susquehanna anderal commander gave up all hope of forcing General Lee's lines, and moving by the left flank reachy the great force arrayed against him, that General Lee received intelligence of the advance of Genat; and an advance which threatened to paralyse Lee, and by severing his communications, drive him ad been weakened, and the heavy weight upon General Lee's shoulders lightened. Ii. These evendge's Division1,800 Total Infantry8,300 Cavalry-Fitz Lee's Division Wickham's Brigade1,000 Lomaxllest degree the instructions received from General Lee, and accomplish admirably the objects for w was not probably believed by himself or by General Lee. His command was essentially what he callm, the second corps having been returned to General Lee. He had then only a handful of cavalry andre the bar of history. It is the letter of General Lee, to him, dated March 30, 1865, three days b[3 more...]