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finally, after much expostulation, allowed to pass. The news soon reached Washington; and Col. Robert E. Lee, then lieutenant-colonel of the Second Cavalry, was despatched to command the regular troory. Accompanied by his aid, Lieut. J. E. B. Stuart-afterward the world-renowned cavalry chief of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia-he set out on a special train, and sent a telegraphic despatch to the Other troops — the militia from Virginia and Maryland-had promptly reached the scene, and when Col. Lee arrived during the night, were awaiting his orders to act. He immediately placed his command wi it now would be to endanger the lives of friends as well as foes. Accordingly, at daylight, Col. Lee took measures to attempt the capture of the insurgents, if possible, without bloodshed. At sevions were, of course, refused. At last, perceiving all his humane efforts to be of no avail, Col. Lee gave orders for an attack. A strong party of marines advanced by two lines quickly on each sid
nment to Richmond. activity of Virginia. Robert E. Lee. his attachment to the Union. why he joiy council in Richmond. the early reputation of Lee A large portion of the Northern people have the heroic and momentous occasion. Lieut.-Col. Robert E. Lee, a son of the famous Harry Lee, of t Governor Letcher was not slow in nominating Lee Major-General in command of all the military fowas unanimously confirmed by the Convention. Gen. Lee was conducted to the State House; there was a accepted into service. It is no wonder that Gen. Lee made a very unpopular and just remark: that t, by telling them they had better go home. Gen. Lee's first task was to organize and equip the miv. Montague, Lieut. M. F. Maury, of the Navy, Gen. Lee and others, was in almost constant session. ight demand the presence of troops. In fact, Gen. Lee had now all the duties of a minister of war ten forming part of the entire Confederate Army, Lee's rank was reduced to that of Brigadier-General[1 more...]
clamour against President Lincoln and Gen. Scott. Early indications of the real objects of the war. the rights of humanity. Virginia the great theatre of the war. the grand army of the North. consultation of President Davis and Beauregard and Lee. Beauregard's line of defence in Northern Virginia. sketch of General Beauregard. his person and manners. his opinion of the Yankee. the army of the Potomac and the army of the Shenandoah. Gen. Johnson's evacuation of Harper's Ferry. Stonen, indeed, a very short career of Yankee popularity. On the Confederate side, preparations for the coming contest were quite as busy, if not so extensive. At the beginning of June, Gen. Beauregard was in consultation with President Davis and Gen. Lee, at Richmond, while, by means of couriers, they held frequent communication with Gen. Johnston, then in command near Harper's Ferry. The result was, that a military campaign was decided upon, embracing defensive operations in North Virginia and
. Col. Rust's part in the affair. movement of Lee to the line of Lewisburg. how Rosecrans escape. failure of the Western Virginia campaign. Gen. Lee's new command The victory of Manassas provg been ascertained that the Federal commanders, Lee, Sturgis, Sweeny, and Sigel, were about to formthe mountain. Having approached the enemy, Gen. Lee directed careful reconnoissances to be made onterprise hopeless, and withdrew his troops. Gen. Lee, informed of the miscarriage of this part of ons had been greatly raised by vague rumours of Lee's strategy and plans. It was thought, too, thal Mountain, on the 22d. The experienced eye of Lee saw at once that Wise's position was very stron the forward troops of the Wise brigade. Gen.. Lee daily expected an attack, and was prepared for onted them for twelve days before, was gone. Gen. Lee made no attempt to pursue them. It was said a campaign of so many disappointments. When Gen. Lee withdrew from the Cheat Mountain region, he l[8 more...]
victory. Gen. McClellan himself confessed a loss of 455 killed, 1,400 wounded, and 372 missing, making a total of 2,228. And Longstreet carried off with him nine pieces of captured artillery. Yet so anxious was McClellan for the colour of victory that he dispatched to Washington news of a success, and represented as the process of driving rebels to the wall, the leisurely retreat of Johnston to works around Richmond, prepared ten months ago under the prudent and skilful direction of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and already the amplest and strongest at any point in the Confederacy. The fact was that McClellan's army had received a serious check at Williamsburg, which, if Gen. Longstreet had been able to take advantage of it, might have been converted into a disastrous defeat. McClellan had also planned a flank movement upon Johnston's retreat. This performance, too, proved a miserable failure, although the idea did credit to his genius. The design was that Franklin should move to West
anding-general of the Confederates how made nominal by President Davis. Gen. Robert E. Lee appointed to this office. his appearance and manners. the seven days battles around Richmond. Lee's plan of operations. Jackson's withdrawal from the Valley masked. battles of Mechanicsville and Beaver Dam. repulse of the Confederats' Mills. its strategic design. extraordinary strength of the new position. Gen. Lee waiting for the great battle. battle of Gaines' Mills. heroic fight of Hill'tinues his retreat to Harrison's Landing. fruits of the Confederate success. Gen. Lee's explanation of McClellan's escape. estimate of the victory by Lee and StoneLee and Stonewall Jackson. Richmond erect and exultant The tardiness of McClellan afforded opportunity to the Confederates to recruit their forces, to realize the results of the Executive for the means to carry out his plan. The scheme was this: Gen. R. E. Lee was to be commander-in-chief and have the army of the Potomac; Johnston to
d within the limits of this army, at least. Marylanders shall once more enjoy their ancient freedom of thought and speech. We know no enemies among you, and will protect all of you, in every opinion. It is for you to decide your destiny, freely, and without constraint. This army will respect your choice, whatever it may be; and while the Southern people will rejoice to welcome you to your natural position among them, they will only welcome you when you come in of your own free will. R. E. Lee, General Commanding. The response of the people of Maryland to this appeal was not what Gen. Lee had been led to expect; it was equivocal, timid, inconsiderable. Instead of the twenty or thirty thousand recruits which he had believed he would obtain on the soil of Maryland, he found the people there content to gaze with wonder on his ragged and poorly-equipped army, but with little disposition to join its ranks. It is true that he had penetrated that part of the State which was not w
mpetus of the Confederate attack ceases. how Gen. Lee received the news of Jackson's fall. the batwick's advance from Fredericksburg. it arrests Lee's pursuit of Hooker. the fight near Salem Churand enterprise to the latter, and that, while Gen. Lee was overthrowing every army that came againsts chief concern appears to have been to cut off Lee's retreat; and as his army crossed the river, t, the other under Stoneman, interposing between Lee's army and Richmond, to cut the lines of rail ad that it was at once conclusive of the fate of Lee and of the Confederacy itself. Never were suc; that the rebellion was nearly at an end. Gen. Lee was certainly now in the most trying situatiorginia had been kept up to about 150,000 men. Gen. Lee had less than 50,000 men. He had been compellcovered the road to Germania Ford. But while Gen. Lee kept the enemy amused this day by several attg all his losses at twenty-five thousand men. Gen. Lee's loss was less than ten thousand. He had wo[15 more...]
was no means of defence and no spirit in the troops. Gen. Pemberton set to work, reorganizing the army for the last desperate struggle. Gen. Baldwin went out to review the line of defences, and imagining that the first assault would be made on the left wing, he petitioned to be assigned to hold that position with his veteran troops, upon whose fidelity and courage he could depend. The army was placed in position on the lines, and placed in the ditches, with Gen. Baldwin on the left, and Gen. Lee on the right. The centre was held by Gens. Pemberton, Smith, and Forney. As these dispositions were made, the confidence of the troops was gradually restored; they saw the purpose of defence; and they were entertained with the prospect that their besieged condition would soon be relieved by Johnston's army. But such prospect was not a little visionary. The truth of the situation was that Pemberton had trapped himself in Vicksburg, to surrender to famine what could not be won by assaul
ement upon Winchester. his captures. order of Lee's march to the Potomac. Hooker out-generalled and blinded. Lee's march to Gettysburg, a master-piece of strategy. conduct of his troops in the Top. the Confederate line of battle. why Gen. Lee determined to attack. action of the second d. Pettigrew's support fails. the day lost. Gen. Lee rallying his troops. his subsequent retreat eveloped to a certain extent the direction of Gen. Lee's march, Hooker was too dull to comprehend itsupposed to be the object of their campaign. Lee marched rapidly forward in pursuance of his plass the Potomac, and take position in Maryland. Lee crossed the Potomac in the vicinity of ShepherdChambersburg. On the 27th of June the whole of Lee's army was at Chambersburg. An advance on Harrs. But to estimate properly the generalship of Lee, it must be remembered that when he set out on ated it in a striking and powerful censure of Gen. Lee's course. It was said that only a few person[9 more...]
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