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ry, adequate only to the service it had performed, that of repelling an attempt by the fleet to pass up James River, was quite insufficient to prevent the enemy from landing below the fort, or to resist an attack by infantry. To guard against its sudden capture by such means, the garrison was increased by the addition of Bryan's regiment of Georgia Rifles. After the repulse of the enemy's gunboats at Drewry's Bluff, I wrote General Johnston a letter to be handed to him by my aide, Colonel G. W. C. Lee, an officer of the highest intelligence and reputation—referring to him for full information in regard to the affair at Drewry's Bluff, as well as to the positions and strength of our forces on the south side of the James River. After some speculations on the probable course of the enemy, and expressions of confidence, I informed the general that my aide would communicate freely to him and bring back to me any information with which he might be intrusted. Not receiving any definite
st resistance met was by a battalion of General G. W. C. Lee's force, consisting of about two hundre night the clerks and citizens, under General G. W. Custis Lee, had formed a thin line along part ofs army toward Spotsylvania Court House, and General Lee made a corresponding movement. At this timled to us, was to continue his movement against Lee's army, and if, as experience had taught him, h supplies, we can hold out against the whole of Lee's army. At this time Major General Robert Rag that he should be heavily reenforced from General Lee's army, so as to enable him to crush Butlerrom General Lee's army, that he should join General Lee, overwhelm Grant, and march to Washington. I knew that General Lee was then confronting an army vastly superior to his in numbers, fully equin given. I could not therefore expect that General Lee would consent to the proposition of Generalrwarded with the usual formal endorsement. General Lee's opinion on the case was shown by the inst[1 more...]
States and sent to that army. On May 3d General Lee held the south bank of the Rapidan River, wis immense and increasing army was thus posted, Lee, with a comparatively small force, to which fewposable, or crossing the Rapidan above or below Lee's position. The second would fulfill the condise that he had, unobserved, turned the flank of Lee's army, got between it and Richmond, and necessderness to the roads between Lee and Richmond. Lee resolved to fight him in those pathless woods, ly and follow him. The soldiers, seeing General Lee's manifest purpose to advance with them, anapital of the Confederacy. Four Years with General Lee. On the 18th another assault was made uout reference to circumstances or position. If Lee acted on this supposition, he was mistaken, as , or an aggregate with which he marched against Lee of 141,160. To meet this vast force, Lee had oLee had on the Rapidan less than 50,000 men. By the same authority it appears that Grant had a reserve upon [25 more...]
of New Market. Sigel seems to have been unconscious of any other obstruction to the capture of Staunton than the small cavalry force under Imboden. At this time Lee was engaged with the vastly superior force of Grant, which had crossed the Rapidan, and Sigel's was a movement to get upon our flank, and thus cooperate with Grant captured five pieces of artillery and over five hundred prisoners, exclusive of the wounded left on the field. Our loss was several hundred killed and wounded. General Lee, after receiving notice of this, ordered Breckinridge to transfer his command as rapidly as possible to Hanover Junction. The battle was fought on the 15th, anlled. Upon the receipt of this information Breckinridge with his command was sent back to the Valley. On June 13th Major General Early, with the Second Corps of Lee's army, numbering a little over eight thousand muskets and two battalions of artillery, commenced a march to strike Hunter's force in the rear and, if possible, de
able to give the principal occurrences of their campaign. General G. W. C. Lee moved his division from Chapin's Bluff across the James Rivebeen withdrawn from Howlett's Bluff; both of these were added to G. W. C. Lee's division. The supply train, not being able to cross the Appome enemy's cavalry on the morning of the 5th, with the baggage of G. W. C. Lee's division and about twenty thousand good rations. At Amelia y advanced. They were repulsed, and that portion which attacked G. W. C. Lee's artillery brigade was charged by it, and driven back across Sa closing his report he says: The discipline preserved by General G. W. C. Lee in camp and on the march, and the manner in which he handled had been unwilling or reluctant to promote my aide-de-camp, Colonel G. W. C. Lee, it is proper to state that the only obstacle to be overcomees were General Kershaw's division of Confederate troops and General G. W. C. Lee's division, composed mostly of artillerymen armed as infantr