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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The Black Horse cavalry. (search)
A. Bliss, faced his squadron, and, placing himself at its head, ordered a charge. But his men followed not their gallant leader. He, not looking to see, or, as it appeared, caring whether he was accompanied by his command, dashed alone into the midst of the Black Horse. No one fired at him, the men not wishing to kill so brave an officer. With his sabre he wounded several of the command, and some one knocked him from his horse, and might have killed him but for the interposition of Captain Henry Lee, a brother of Fitz Lee, who, observing the dismounted officer to make the Masonic sign, went to his assistance. During this campaign, and after the affair just mentioned, George W. Martin and Campbell, of the Black Horse, with a member of the First Virginia Regiment, were returning from a scout late in the evening. It was raining, and the soldiers had their oilcloths thrown over their shoulders, which, in a great measure, concealed their uniform. On looking back, they saw three m
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 1: ancestry. (search)
ur country's history. His father's brother, Henry Lee, the fifth son of the second Richard, marrie to Washington. Light-Horse Harry's father, Henry Lee, of Leesylvania, and Lucy Grymes were masubstituted for the law book in the hands of Henry Lee, and we find him, at the age of nineteen, afedal was a bust of the hero, with the words: Henry Lee, Legionis Equit.: Praefecto Comitia Americanto boot in the days of the Revolution. When Henry Lee's legion was selected to assist in the defenations of the last campaign, and in a letter to Lee himself writes: No man in the progress of the c and in a letter, dated October 20, 1794, to Henry Lee, Esq., commander in chief of the militia armlled after General Winfield Scott. In 1779 General Lee was elected to Congress, and on the death on the war was declared with England in 1812, Henry Lee was living in Alexandria, having moved thereerformed before by his sons, because one, Major Henry Lee, was abroad, one was an officer of the ar[15 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. Seventy-five years after the birth of Washington, Robert Edward, the fourth son of General Henry Lee and Anne Hill Carter, was born at Stratford, Westmoreland County, Virginia, on the 19th of January, 1807. If he inherited much from a long and illustrious line of paternal ancestors, he no less fell heir to the strong characteristics of his mother's family, one of the oldest and best in Virginia. The unselfishness, genrles Carter, of Shirley, who resided in his grand old mansion on the banks of the James River, some twenty miles below Richmond, then, as now, the seat of an open, profuse, and refined hospitality, and still in the possession of the Carters. Mrs. Henry Lee's mother was Anne Moore, and her grandmother a daughter of Alexander Spottswood, the soldier who fought with Marlborough at Blenheim, and was afterward sent to Virginia as governor in 1710, and whose descent can be traced in a direct line fr
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 4: War. (search)
approved the Constitution before Virginia acted. The debates in her convention on this subject have no equal in intellectual vigor. Mental giants, full-armed with wisdom, fought on either side. In one rank-opposed to the adoption of the Constitution as it came from the hands of its framers — was Patrick Henry, George Mason, Richard Henry Lee, James Monroe, Benjamin Harrison, and William Grayson. In the other were James Madison, John Marshall, Edmund Randolph, Edmund Pendleton, and General Henry Lee, and behind them, as a powerful reserve, was the great influence of Washington. On the final vote friends of the measure secured a majority of only ten votes. The next State to adopt it after Virginia was New York, and she did so by only three votes. North Carolina did not join the Union immediately, and Rhode Island for fifteen months, after the new Constitution had gone into operation. The delay in the action of these States, and the close votes in so many others, was the result
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 16: return to Richmond.-President of Washington College.--death and Burial. (search)
see once more his father's grave, on an island off the coast of Georgia. General Henry Lee (or Light-horse Harry ), in returning from the West Indies, where he had ere his remains now lie. From Savannah, Ga., April 18, 1870, the general wrote Mrs. Lee: We visited Cumberland Island, and Agnes decorated my father's grave with beau suffer her to want. When the fall session of 1870 of the college opened, General Lee was at his post of duty, but his step had lost something of its elasticity, enoted the approaching summons from his Creator. My husband came in, wrote Mrs. Lee, and I asked where he had been, remarking that he had kept us waiting a long torn upon the horizon's verge, Between two worlds life hovered like a star. Mrs. Lee tells us that his whole demeanor during his sickness was that of one who had tp! For the last forty-eight hours he seemed quite insensible of our presence, Mrs. Lee states; he breathed more heavily, and at last gently sank to rest with one dee
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Index. (search)
72, 94, 95, 330, 380, 401; captured, 385. Lee, General, Henry, Light-horse Harry, mentioned, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, II, 12, 14, , , 16, 7, 20, 80; his grave, 410. Lee, General Robert E., birth, 20; ancestry and education; Hamilton, 30; promotion, 31; joins Scott's staff, 33; Lee's horses, 34; at Vera Cruz, 36; battle of Cerro Gordo8; his gallantry, 42; brevetted, 42; letters, 44, 45; Lee's comrades, 47, 48; returns to Virginia, 49; Superints, 61; Christmas at Fort Brown, 63, 64; letters to Mrs. Lee, 66 ; president of a courtmartial, 69; returns to n to Texas, 77; summoned to Washington, 77; notice of Lee, 78-87; resigns his commission, 88; farewell to Arlin153; issues orders, 154, 155; Jackson ordered to join Lee, 156; battle order, 158; gains a success, 162; Malverssness, 261; Gettysburg campaign, 270-298; retreat of Lee's army, 300; crosses Potomac, 307; comments on the cahis military character, 420; a great soldier, 422. Lee, General William H. F., mentioned, 29, 118, 121, 122,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Book notices. (search)
prevent her falling into the hands of the enemy, are detailed, and he is fully exonerated from all blame in the premises. His subsequent career in the Confederate service, his life after the war, and his death, are all vividly portrayed — the whole making a book of rare interest and great historic value. Colonel Jones has done his work admirably, and the general get up of the book reflects great credit on both printers and binders. Memoirs of the war of the Southern Department. By Henry Lee. A new Edition with Revisions and a Biography of the Author. By R. E. Lee. New York: University Publishing Company. We are indebted to the publishers for this admirably gotten up edition of a standard work, which should be in every library. Light horse Harry wielded a graceful pen, and his story of the campaign in the Southern Department is one of deep interest. But the volume now possesses a greatly enhanced value by the addition of the brief biography of his father by General R. E
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 7.48 (search)
ghty British Governor, she was a strong adherent to the royal government, while her husband and children sympathized with the patriot cause in the revolution. Once, when her husband was absent, upon a sudden alarm of Indians she ordered up all hands, manned and provisioned a boat, and made good her retreat down to West Point. Mrs. Moore died about 1802. Her daughter, XV.--Ann Butler Moore, married Charles Carter, Esq., of Shirley. Their daughter, XVI.--Ann Hill Carter, married General Henry Lee--the Lighthorse Harry of the Revolution — a descendant, through a long line of distinguished ancestors of Launcelot de Lee, one of William the Conqueror's companions in arms. From this marriage sprung Robert Edward Lee, the illustrious Confederate commander, the seventeenth in descent from King Robert the Bruce, of Scotland. Buchanan thus writes of the Scottish hero: Robert Bruce, to express much in a few words, was undoubtedly, in every point of view, a great man, and one to whom, f
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hanson, Alexander Contee 1786- (search)
b destroyed his printing-office. June 22, 1812. The journal was re-established, and a second mob attacked the building. July 28. One of the mob was killed and several were wounded. As the result of a parley Hanson and his party, including Gen. Henry Lee. Gen. James M. Lingan, and some twenty-five others, surrendered on (condition that the property was to be protected, and that they be sent to jail as a precaution against further attacks of the mob. Faith was not kept with Hanson, and the moben. Henry Lee. Gen. James M. Lingan, and some twenty-five others, surrendered on (condition that the property was to be protected, and that they be sent to jail as a precaution against further attacks of the mob. Faith was not kept with Hanson, and the mob attacked the jail, killed General Lingan, seriously wounded General Lee, and left Hanson and others for dead in front of the building. In 1813 Hanson was elected to Congress. and in 1817 to the United States Senate. He died April 23. 1819.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Harper's Ferry, (search)
th the great West by the Baltimore and Ohio Railway. Scott refused, saying, We are pressed here; send the troops without delay. The order was obeyed, and Patterson was left without a single piece of available artillery, with only one troop of raw cavalry, and a total force of not more than 10,000 men, mostly undisciplined, to confront Johnston with fully 15,000 drilled troops. Patterson prudently recrossed the Potomac, and remained on the Maryland side until the beginning of July. While Lee was in Maryland, in September, 1862, Harper's Ferry, where a large amount of stores had been gathered, was held by National troops, under Col. D. H. Miles. When that post was threatened, Halleck instructed McClellan to succor the garrison, and on the day of the struggle at Turner's Gap (see South Mountain) he ordered Miles to hold out to the last extremity. Meanwhile Jackson, by quick movements, had crossed the Potomac at Williamsport, and at noon on Sept. 13 he was in the rear of Harper's
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