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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General S. D. Lee's report of the battle of Chickasaw bayou. (search)
General S. D. Lee's report of the battle of Chickasaw bayou. [The following report of a gallant fight has never been in print, so far as we know, and we are glad to be able to lay it before our readers.] headquarters Lee's brigade, Vicksburg, Miss., January, 1863. Major — I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of the troops under my command during the recent conflict with the enemy, resulting in his abandoning his attack upon the city of Vicksburg. The enemy's transports commenced making their appearance near the mouth of the Yazoo on Christmas day, when, in compliance with orders from Major-General Smith, I took charge in person of the defence of the swamp from the city to Snyder's mills. Between that point and the city runs the Swamp road at the foot of the bluffs,--the average distance of the road from the Yazoo being about two and a half miles. The country between the road and the Yazoo is heavy bottom — and intersected by sloughs and bay
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Did General Lee Violate his oath in siding with the Confederacy? (search)
rsonal character and the military career of General Lee. In the limits of an hour he could not gived directly upon the act of secession, by which Lee felt himself drawn with his State--though with g military genius of a high order and entitling Lee to a place in history among the first generals of the world. Lee's failure in the offensive was imputed to the intermeddling of Davis with the ld was persuaded also that, from first to last, Lee's heart was not in the cause of secession. Thiacter. Let the warning live with the memory of Lee! The predjudice and ignorance exhibited in dgment upon the personal faith and honor of General Lee and his associates, as affected by secessioional interpretation. No one disputes that General Lee in 1861 was an officer of the United Statess is an irrelevant suggestion. Did the oath of Lee as an officer of the United States bind him as icular State, had any existence. Certainly General Lee was a citizen of Virginia, was a citizen of[14 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Second battle of Manassas--a reply to General Longstreet. (search)
l S. D. Lee, made to Colonel R. H. Chilton, General Lee's Adjutant-General, is offered. This report was made to General Lee, because Colonel Lee commanded a battalion of reserve artillery, reportinkson, they exposed their flanks directly to Colonel Lee's guns, as they moved to his left on Jacksoly engaged fighting Jackson's infantry, and Colonel Lee's guns were concentrated on the supporting nd trying to cross the field. According to Colonel Lee's report these supporting columns only movethat he did not see, certainly not speak of Colonel Lee's artillery, for he claims all the glory ofp the front lines from crossing the field. Colonel Lee thinks, however, he prevented any reinforceet in his assumptions. General Jackson and Colonel Lee both state in their official reports that t pursuit. From this extract we see that General Lee says a second and third line of great strenuld seem from this that General Lee thought Colonel Lee's artillery was entitled to some credit; an[28 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), four years with General Lee --a Review by General C. M. Wilcox. (search)
four years with General Lee --a Review by General C. M. Wilcox. [There will necessarily be honest differences of opinion among actorsnotice will be made of inaccuracies in the book, Four years with General Lee, recently published by Colonel Taylor, the Adjutant-General of the Plank road before the arrival of Longstreet. Cooke's life of General Lee, page 390, says, of this fight early in the morning of the 6th, en Longstreet appeared on the field. I pointed out to him where General Lee could be found; he was within two hundred yards of us. My divisi130. Spotsylvania Courthouse.--Upon an examination of the lines, General Lee had detected the weakness of that portion known as the salient, ght they were marching for Fredericksburg. This was reported to General Lee, and was the cause, probably, of the order to withdraw the artilry of the Army of the Potomac, and the author of Four years with General Lee probably intends this to be his estimate of Federal losses durin
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The artillery at Second Manassas-General Longstreet's reply to General S. D. Lee. (search)
, at the battle second Manassas. From notes, memoranda, reports and other data at hand, in my posession, I propose to give you the facts as to the selection of the artillery position in that battle and how it was occupied on the 29th before Colonel Lee came upon the field, and on the 30th, the day he reached the army then and the day previous engaged with Pope. I will be brief as possible and shall endeavor to make my statement intelligible and conclusive from extracts from my memoranda and was an admirable ridge of over a quarter of a mile, generally overlooking the ground in front for some two thousand yards. (Note.--This admirable ridge was the identical position which was selected, occupied and fought upon the day before Colonel Lee reached the battle field). General Longstreet in his report says: Early on the 29th the columns were united and the advance to. join General Jackson was resumed. * * * * * * * Colonel Walton placed his batteries in a commanding positi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Annual meeting of Southern Historical Society, October 28th and 29th, 1878. (search)
f all arms, with reserves numbering 137,672 men, most of whom were called to the front during the summer, making a grand total of 278,832 men. To meet this host General Lee had under command less than 50,000 men; and in his whole Department of Northern Virginia, which included the garrisons around Richmond and the troops in the Vall, 1864, show 52,626 troops present for duty. Including the little army under General Beauregard's command, watching General Butler's force, and all who joined General Lee's army during the campaign, the official returns prove that the Confederate forces were every day outnumbered in the ratio of four to one. Grant had spent the the outside. We imagined Richmond to be about the safest place in the Confederacy. Had not we the three lines of entrenchments, between us and the enemy, with General Lee and our boys guarding them, and now they were standing well! within shouting distance of each other along the lines for about thirty miles? Dr. Burrows the
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), West point and secession. (search)
West point and secession. By General D. H. Maury. I wish I could have seen Dr. Curry before he sent his letter vindicating General Lee from breach of faith in returning to his natural allegiance to Virginia when that State withdrew from the Federal Union; I would have given him some facts which were very strangely unknown to our people, and were always ignored by our enemies. When Mr. Calhoun was Secretary of War, in 1822, I believe, he caused a text-book to be introduced into the couropped, we can understand that Mr. Calhoun was not violating Northern sentiment in introducing Rawle on the Constitution at West Point. It there remained as a text-book till 1861, and Mr. Davis and Sidney Johnston, and General Joe Johnston and General Lee, and all the rest of us who retired with Virginia from the Federal Union, were not only obeying the plain instincts of our nature and dictates of duty, but we were obeying the very inculcations we had received in the National School. It is no