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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Colonel Taylor's reply to the Count of Paris. (search)
two brigades numbered about 3,000 men. This was offset by the loss sustained by the brigades of Hampton, Fitz Lee, and W. H. F. Lee in their encounters with the enemy before and after crossing the Potomac, and by rea — on of their hard marching. GenGeneral Lee says that the ranks of the cavalry were much reduced by its long and arduous march, repeated conflicts, and insufficient supplies of food. Then the army, in its movement north, in the fighting in the valley, and in guards for captured propwere nine divisions, and this would give an average of about 6,000. I think nearly every living division commander of General Lee's army will endorse these figures. Of cavalry, I think there was, in round numbers, 9,000. There were seven brigadeshe minimum number, as claimed by General Meade, a little under 100,000 men. If the Count, however, persists in giving General Lee the maximum effective strength with which he commenced the campaign, say 74,000, in eq:lity and fairness he should put
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Justice to General Magruder-letter from Rev. P. G. Robert. (search)
Justice to General Magruder-letter from Rev. P. G. Robert. editor Southern Historical Society Papers: I have just finished Colonel Taylor's valuable book, Four years with General Lee. On page 49, in the history of Malvern Hill, it is written: Considerable delay was occasioned in the pursuit from the fact that the ground was unknown to the Confederate commanders. On this occasion General Magruder took the wrong route, and had to be recalled, thereby losing much precious time. As one of the peninsula army, jealous for the reputation of General Magruder, I write to suggest a correction of this statement. At least, to record another account which we had of the affair at the time. It was understood when we left the battle-field of Frazer's Farm, which we reached the night before, after that action, that our column was to move to a point south or southeast of the position it held at the battle of Malvern Hill, and we were expected to reach it before the enemy. We were
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
down to posterity the features of the men who made our glorious history, and we should be under special obligations to friends who can make additions to our collection. Mr. M. Miley, of Lexington, Va., has sent us a superb collection of his photographs, embracing the following: President Jefferson Davis, General R. E. Lee, Lieutenant-General Stonewall Jackson, Lieutenant-General J. A. Early, Major-General John C. Breckinridge, Major-General Fitz. Lee, Major-General G. W. C. Lee, Major-General W. H. F. Lee, and Brigadier-General W. N. Pendleton. For accuracy of likeness and beauty of execution these photographs are unsurpassed, and we would be very glad to see them in the homes of our people in place of the miserable daubs so frequently found. And we, of course, feel none the less kindly towards Miley, the artist, because we remember that he was a gallant soldier in the famous old Rockbridge Artillery. Memorial day has not been forgotten this year at the South, and we t
eneral Stuart drove them across the river. R. E. Lee. Lynchburgh Republican account. Lynchburgh, June 11. The forces engaged on our side were Generals W. H. F. Lee's, Hampton's Legion, Jones's and Robertson's brigades, with the Beauregard battery from this city, and one other company of artillery. Our total force numade, and Colonel Saul Williams of the Second North-Carolina regiment. Colonel Butler of South-Carolina had his foot shot off, and has suffered amputation. General W. H. F. Lee received a painful but not dangerous flesh-wound in the thigh. He came down yesterday to Colonel Wickham's in Hanover. Colonel A. W. Harman of the Twelfth Virginia cavalry was wounded, but not seriously, in the neck. The forces engaged on our side were the brigades of Generals Hampton, W. H. F. Lee, and Jones. We understand that the Yankees burned Kelly's Mill. The fight, on the whole, may be said to have begun in a surprise and ended in a victory. The latter is what we
anger of being assailed, unless by a force from Lee's army, which it was supposed would be preventeburgh road. It is now known that no portion of Lee's army approached Winchester from that directioin the report which indicated the presence of Gen. Lee's army. It was supposed that the force on th held my position. I deemed it impossible that Lee's army, with its immense artillery and baggage s was the first intimation that I received that Lee's army had quietly retired before the lines of time it was evident that at least two corps of Lee's army, numbering not less than fifty thousand turday evening, after I learned the presence of Lee's army in force, I made up my mind to act entirgraphic communication existed. I believed that Lee could not move his large army with its immense ime there was no information of the approach of Lee's forces, nor any thought of evacuating the pose to communicate information of the approach of Lee's army, with peremptory orders for the evacuati[7 more...]
. The wagons were at once packed and sent to the rear, and the horses were ordered to be saddled, and the men were bidden to prepare for any emergency. At daybreak, Brigadier-General Lomax, in command of Jones's old brigade, now his own, and W. H. F. Lee's, under Colonel Beale, of the Ninth Virginia cavalry, moved at once to the front and found all quiet. Some hours later, couriers brought information that the enemy were crossing at Stark's Ford, with six hundred cavalry and artillery, and wehe fifteenth Virginia made three gallant charges in the fight which occurred after leaving the Court-House, and which was decidedly the hottest of the day. In this fight, Colonel Beale having been wounded, Major Waller, of the Ninth, commanded W. H. F. Lee's brigade, and handled it with great ability. Our men were finally compelled to give back before superior numbers, and retired upon Cedar Run, fighting as they receded. The enemy advanced during the night as far as Rapidan bridge, on the rai
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The Peninsular campaign. (search)
y and move over to the James, should circumstances enable me or render it desirable to do so. the battle of Fair Oaks was followed by storms of great severity, continuing until the 20th of June, and adding vastly to the difficulties of our position, greatly retarding the construction of the bridges and of the defensive works regarded as necessary to cover us in the event of a repulse, and making the ground too difficult for the free movements of troops. White House, the home of General W. H. F. Lee, McClellan's base of supplies on the Pamunkey. From sketches made at the time. on the 19th Franklin's corps T was transferred to the south side of the Chickahominy, Porter's Ruins of the White House, which was burned June 28, during the change of base. Corps, reinforced by McCall's division (which, with a few additional regiments, had arrived on the 12th and 13th), being left alone on the north side. this dangerous distribution was necessary in order to concentrate suffici
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 5.26 (search)
mpelled to evacuate the city. The archives were shipped to Columbia, S. C., the public treasure was kept on cars ready for transportation to a place of safety. Confidence was restored before the battle of Seven Pines. On May 25th and 26th, Lieutenant F. C. Davis, of the 3d Pennsylvania Cavalry, with eleven men rode from Bottom's Bridge, by way of White Oak Bridge and Charles City Court House, to the James River and communicated with the gun-boat fleet. After the battle of Seven Pines, General Lee determined to defend Richmond on the line then held by his army. This fact, in connection with the success of General Jackson in freeing the Shenandoah Valley of Union forces, restored the confidence of the people at Richmond. A large draft of soldiers from the ranks furnished a laboring force to build intrenchments, and slaves in the counties around Richmond were impressed for the work. On the 18th of June, Brigadier-General Cuvier Grover's brigade, of Hooker's division, made a reco
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Stuart's ride around McClellan. (search)
e two armies lay passively watching each other in front of Richmond. At this time the cavalry of Lee's army was commanded by General J. E. B. Stuart, and this restless officer conceived the idea of Brooke turnpike, preparatory to the march. The column was the 9th Virginia, commanded by Colonel W. H. F. Lee, the 1st Virginia, led, by Colonel Fitz Lee, and the Jeff Davis Legion, under Colonel Marer the report of a Confederate advance was true or false. General Stuart at once ordered Colonel W. H. F. Lee, commanding the regiment leading the column, to throw forward a squadron to meet the enemy. Colonel Lee directed Captain Swann, chief of the leading squadron of his regiment, to charge with the saber. Swann moved off at a trot, and, turning a corner of the road, saw the enemy's squadrond capturing many prisoners. At this point my regiment was relieved by the 1st Virginia, and Colonel Lee continued the pursuit. The Federals did not attempt to make a stand until they reached Old C
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Iv.--origin of the Lee tomatoes. (search)
ithin the Federal lines at the White House, the residence of General W. H. F. Lee, his son, and he desired me to take a courier and proceed wiry escort. General McClellan, jumping up hastily, said: There are Mrs. Lee and Miss Mary, now. As the carriage stopped before the door, Geneies with marked cordiality, at once introduced me, and remarked to Mrs. Lee that the general (her husband) had chosen me as her escort throughd to accompany us in person to the river, but this was declined by Mrs. Lee as entirely unnecessary. When we reached Mrs. Gooch's farm and t down the long line of soldiers. Near the house we were met by General Lee and a large number of officers assembled to honor the wife and daughter of their chief. Before leaving for Richmond, Mrs. Lee handed me from a basket, under the carriage-seat, two fine tomatoes, the fineds of these tomatoes I preserved, and, some years after the war, General Lee ate some tomatoes at my table, and praised them; whereupon we to
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