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oldiers of the United States, she shall be regarded and held liable to be treated as a woman about town plying her avocation. By command of Major-General Butler. George C. Strong, A. A. G. Butler's government in New Orleans, and his assaults upon the helpless women and noncombatants, filled our army with horror and indignation. Upon the receipt of a copy of this infamous order, President Davis issued his proclamation as follows: After reciting that General Halleck had put General Lee off by delay, to avoid either avowal or disavowal of General Butler's cruel course in the execution of an innocent noncombatant, the President said: And whereas, the silence of the Government of the United States and its maintaining of said Butler in high office under its authority for many months after his commission of an act that can be viewed in no other light than as a deliberate murder, as well as of numerous other outrages and atrocities hereafter to be mentioned, afford evid
mmended the abandonment of the Peninsula, and that a position nearer Richmond should be taken. The recommendation was held for consideration, and the President proposed to invite to the conference the Secretary of War, George Randolph, and General Lee, then stationed in Richmond. General Johnston asked that he might invite General Longstreet and General G. W. Smith to be present, which was assented to. After hearing the views expressed by the several officers named, the President dehe sum for which they were sold amounted to over $30,000. Thus resulted the sacrifice so gladly made by individuals in the Confederacy. In this year the Church and the world sustained a great loss in the death of Bishop Meade. He had been General Lee's preceptor, and when the General went to see him, he called him in the old simple way: Robert, come near that I may bless you. He left a message for the Confederate people. Tell your people to be more determined than ever. This is the m
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 26: the gun-boats in the James River-battle of seven Pines. (search)
vade his soul. Now the campaign began in dreadful earnest. Soon after General Johnston took position on the north side of the Chickahominy; accompanied by General Lee, my husband rode out to his headquarters in the field, in order to establish a more thorough co-intelligence with him. General Johnston came in after they arrivBluff, and opened fire between eight and nine o'clock. The little Patrick Henry was lying above the obstructions, and co-operated with the fort in its defence. General Lee had also some light batteries in position on the banks of the river to sweep the ships' decks with cannister. The Monitor and Galena steamed up to within si occasion. The resemblance to Mr. Clay is probably accidental. Not receiving a definite reply to a letter sent to General Johnston by his aide-decamp, Colonel G. W. C. Lee, Mr. Davis rode out to visit him at his headquarters, and was surprised, in the surburbs of Richmond, the other side of Gillis's Creek, to meet a portion o
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 47: the Maryland line and the Kilpatrick and Dahlgren raid. (search)
ord, after surprising and capturing the picket there, they passed in rear of General Lee's army (capturing en route a whole court martial of Confederate officers, buecond, and Third Maryland Artillery, were stationed at Hanover Junction to guard Lee's flank toward the Peninsula and the railroad bridges over the North and South Anna, on the preservation of which depended Lee's communications with Richmond. This movement around Lee's flank was at once discovered, and Colonel Johnson was dLee's flank was at once discovered, and Colonel Johnson was directed by General Lee to look out for it. The Maryland line cavalry was extended in a picket line along the Pamunkey to New Kent Court House, leaving only sevenGeneral Lee to look out for it. The Maryland line cavalry was extended in a picket line along the Pamunkey to New Kent Court House, leaving only seventy-five men in camp. With these, during the night, by his scouts, Johnson located Kilpatrick's column, and then started with sixty men and two pieces of artillery ts and horses, and thwarting any attempt of the enemy to charge them. General G. W. C. Lee said: A short distance beyond the fortifications I met the boy company,
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 45: exchange of prisoners and Andersonville. (search)
War, nobly vindicated President Davis while he lived, declared him altogether acquitted of the charge, and said of him dead, A majestic soul has passed. When General Lee congratulated his army on the victories of Richmond, he said to them: Your humanity to the wounded and the prisoners was the fit and crowning glory of your val habit of going to his office daily for ten minutes to offer it to him. Whatever friend chanced to be there partook of the refreshment with him. One day I found General Lee there. Both were very grave, and the subject of their conference was the want and suffering at Andersonville, as portrayed by General Winder's private letter t. Mr. Davis said, If we could only get them across the trans-Mississippi, there beef and supplies of all kinds are abundant, but what can we do for them here? General Lee answered quickly to this effect, Our men are in the same case, except that they are free. Their sufferings are the result of our necessities, not of our policy
he President's courage rose, and he was fertile in expedients to supply deficiencies, and calm in the contemplation of the destruction of his dearest hopes, and the violent death he expected to be his. As late as April 1, 1865, he wrote to General Lee from Richmond, of the difficulty of finding iron enough to keep the Tredegar works employed, and said: There is also difficulty in getting iron even for shot and shell, but I hope this may for the present be overcome by taking some from the Nar, General Gibbons so informed General Wilcox at Appomattox. and the country's mourning was proportionate to her need of him, and her high estimate of his skilful generalship. Our consolation was that he was saved the pang of Appomattox. General Lee now telegraphed President Davis, that he could no longer hold the lines of Petersburg, and would leave them at night, and that this would necessitate the evacuation of Richmond. The enemy kept up an incessant fire upon the lines all day, a
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 58: the President's account of the evacuation of Richmond. (search)
nday, April 2d, while I was in St. Paul's Church, General Lee's telegram announcing his speedy withdrawal from n for our removal that night, simultaneously with General Lee's from Petersburg. The event was foreseen, and sstation, started for Danville, whither I supposed General Lee would proceed with his army. Here he promptlyrgetic efforts were made to collect supplies for General Lee's army. Upon his arrival at Danville, Presideave in vain sought to get into communication with General Lee, and have postponed writing in the hope that I wot of church to receive a telegram announcing that General Lee could not hold his position longer than till nights which could now be told, not having heard from General Lee, and having to conform my movements to the milita of Danville, no trustworthy information in regard to Lee's army was received, until Lieutenant John Sargent Wi, arrived, from whom it was learned that when he left Lee's army, it was about to be surrendered. Other unoffi
Chapter 59: surrender of Lee. Upon crossing the Appomattox on the night of April 2d, Lee's arLee's army marched toward Amelia Court House. It had been his original intention to go to Danville, but bef, and the march was turned to Lynchburg, where Lee had expressed his belief, that he could carry osely, crossed the railroad bridge, and brought Lee to bay, attacked and were repulsed, and the retnger to keep up with the retreating column, General Lee decided, after conference with his corps cor his entrance into Richmond, a letter from General Lee giving the condition of the Army of Northerntioned this statement of General Benham to General Lee, some time afterward, the latter said, Thi In requesting the above statement from General G. W. C. Lee, Major Walthall, then at Beauvoir with e light upon the yet unexplained failure of General Lee's request for supplies at Amelia Court Houstion. Colonels Taylor and Marshall (of General Lee's staff) both remember that it was well und[3 more...]
o led an army on the ramparts of Knoxville but left his arm there, and a host of gallant men. Alabama sent us Deas, Law, Gracie, and James Longstreet, dubbed by Lee upon the field of Sharpsburg his old war horse, a stubborn fighter, who held the centre there with a scant force and a single battery of artillery; the gallant Twenrps. When the cannoneers were shot down, and help was needed at the guns, his staff dismounted and took their places. At Petersburg, when the end was near, and Lee's lines were broken, he hurried with the division of General Field to the breach, and formed his troops across the line of the enemy's victorious approach, held them at arm's length until midnight, when the last man and the last gun of Lee's army had crossed the Appomattox, and he became like Marshal Ney, the rear-guard of the once Grand army; and Rodes, ever in the front, who laid down his life at Winchester while led by the indomitable Early, he was fighting the overwhelming force of Sherid