the bravest of soldiers and purest of men.
Lee's force was greatly inferior to that of his opprn of affairs called for the promptest action.
Lee, with instant perception of the situation, now
It is probable that Hooker never expected that Lee would turn to meet him on that line, but that, he two divisions of McLaws and Anderson.
These Lee retained in hand to hold Hooker in check.
No idea was entertained of retreating; and if Lee did not retire, it was evident that the morrow g had met the enemy, and had been recalled, and Lee followed up and drew his lines around Chancelloille
When, some hours before dawn of Sunday, Lee received word of the wounding of Jackson, the mthat, in the climax of his triumph, reached General Lee, who suddenly found himself summoned to meepulse Hooker had received to hold him inactive, Lee instantly countermarched from Hooker's front a w, Wofford, and Semmes under General McLaws.
Lee: Report of Chancellorsville, p. 12. These, with[50 more...]
towards Warrenton with the view of permitting Fitz Lee's cavalry division to come up from Auburn andick's force on the flank, and Stuart, hearing Fitz Lee's guns, pressed vigorously in front with Hampick are naturally not so frank as to avow this. Lee retired behind the Rappahannock.
The Army of, p. 372; Warren's testimony: Ibid., p. 885 and Lee, not courting battle, availed himself of the opent critique.
Considered as a movement to meet Lee's advance, it was perfectly successful, and its conduct highly creditable.
Lee's line of manoeuvre was, it is true, exterior to that of Meade, annd.
But even in view of these halts, which General Lee partly explains on the ground that they wer
But it would have been somewhat hazardous; for Lee might have disputed, with a part of his force, success than it met.
It was ascertained that Lee, while resting the right of his army on the Rand Custer's cavalry had made a demonstration on Lee's left.
Crossing the Rapidan at Ely's Ford, be[16 more...]
to the employment of the maximum of force against the armies of the Confederates, to such a direction of this power as would engage the entire force of the enemy at one and the same time, and to delivering a series of heavy and uninterrupted blows in the style of what the Duke of Wellington used to call hard pounding, and of what General Grant has designated as continuous hammering.
The armed force of the Confederacy was at this time mainly included in the two great armies of Johnston and Lee—the former occupying an intrenched position at Dalton, Georgia, the latter ensconced within the lines of the Rapidan.
These bodies were still almost as powerful in numbers as any the South had ever had in the field.
Their intrinsic weakness lay in the fact that those reservoirs of strength from which armies must constantly draw to repair the never-ceasing waste of war were well-nigh exhausted; that the sustaining power of the rebellion—to wit, the moral energy of the people—had so declined<
as has been supposed, any important bearing on Lee's action (which had been predetermined), they a to Hatcher's Run, were still intact.
This was Lee's centre in the general relations of all the poe of resistance at the threshold of Petersburg, Lee had now but one thought, which was to hold his but tidings of direful import.
It announced Lee's purpose of that night abandoning Petersburg al further to the west.
This estoppel compelled Lee, at the outset, to make his retreat by the nortoraging parties.
At Amelia Courthouse, where Lee had arrived the morning of the 4th, he was compld his force intrenched since the previous day. Lee was still at Amelia Courthouse.
Meanwhile, She with his cavalry well to his left, to watch if Lee should make any attempt to escape by that flankral pieces, of artillery and thirteen flags.
Lee, meanwhile, with the relics of his army, contines, being captured.
The night of the 7th General Lee received the following communication: