serable earthworks, defended only by 8,000 men. Hooker was in his regiment, and was essentially a mean man and a liar.
Of Lee and Longstreet he spoke in terms of the highest admiration.
Magruder was an artilleryman, and has been a good deal in e following officers in the Confederate army were in the same regiment-viz., General A. S. Johnson (killed at Shiloh), General Lee, General Van Dorn, General Hardee, General Kirby Smith, and General Hood.
Also the Federal Generals Thomas and Stonntained all the refugees from the deserted town of Galveston.
After an extremely mild supper, I was introduced to Lieutenant Lee, a wounded hero, who lost his leg at Shiloh; also to Colonel Pyron, a distinguished officer, who commands the regiment named after him.
The fat German, Mr. Lee, and myself, went to the theatre afterwards.
As a great favor, my British prejudices were respected, and I was allowed a bed to myself; but the four other beds in the room had two occupants each.
Vicksburg is distant from this place about eighty miles.
The news of General Lee's victory at Chancellorsville had just arrived here.
Every one received it Many of the officers told me they did not consider him inferior as a general to Lee or any one else.
He told me that Vicksburg was certainly in a critical situa they have to lead, as well as those they have to beat.
These generals, such as Lee, Johnston, Beauregard, or Longstreet, they would follow anywhere, and obey impliespects as the war goes on.
After having lived with the veterans of Bragg and Lee, I was able to form a still higher estimate of Confederate soldiers.
Their obedhat we should all strip ourselves perfectly naked.
I always forgot to ask General Lee whether this story was a true one. Blockade-running goes on very regularly at West Point, and was at that institution with the President, the two Johnstons, Lee, Magruder, &c., and that, after serving a short time in the artillery, he had en
all their battles, and that until recently General Lee could never muster more than 60,000 effectis-de-camp of the President-viz., Colonels Wood, Lee, and Johnston.
The two latter are sons to Geney, who was in command during the absence of Captain Lee.
A flotilla of Confederate gunboats was ly introduction from the Secretary at War for Generals Lee and Longstreet, I left Richmond at 6 A. M.,s, until five days ago, the headquarters of Generals Lee and Longstreet; but since Ewell's recapturehe 1st corps de'armee. He is never far from General Lee, who relies very much upon his judgment.
B-Johnston, Bragg, Polk, Hardee, Longstreet, and Lee — are thorough soldiers, and their Staffs are cvances any deeper into the enemy's country, General Lee cannot expect to keep his communications opo Chambersburg without a special order from General Lee, which he is very chary of giving; and I he863 (Monday).
We are still at Chambersburg.
Lee has issued a remarkably good order on non-retal[16 more...]
So soon as the firing began, General Lee joined Hill just below our tree, and he rea painfully imploring manner.
We joined Generals Lee and Longstreet's Staff: they were reconnoitet.
It was then about 2.30.
After passing General Lee and his Staff, I rode on through the woodsding.appeals to his patriotism of no avail, General Lee had him ignominiously set on his legs by sohis, of course, could make no difference to General Lee's plan: ammunition he must have-he had fail pass after a slight skirmish.
At noon, Generals Lee and Longstreet arrived, and halted close tot 8.30 we halted for a couple of hours, and Generals Lee, Longstreet, Hill, and Willcox, had a consued by the Confederates, unless protected by General Lee's pass in my possession.
8th July, 1863 d were allowed to pass on the production of General Lee's authority.
I was now fairly launched beyr their daring conduct in turning out to resist Lee's invasion.
Most of the men seemed to be respe[22 more...]
ain to them without exaggeration the state of feeling amongst their enemies.
Although these Northerners belonged to quite the upper classes, and were not likely to be led blindly by the absurd nonsense of the sensation press at New York, yet their ignorance of the state of the case in the South was very great.
The recent successes had given them the impression that the last card of the South was played.
Charleston was about to fall; Mobile, Savannah, and Wilmington would quickly follow; Lee's army they thought, was a disheartened, disorganized mob; Bragg's army in a still worse condition, fleeing before Rosecrans, who would carry every thing before him. They felt confident that the fall of the Mississippian fortresses would prevent communication from one bank to the other, and that the great river would soon be open to peaceful commerce.
All these illusions have since been dispelled, but they probably still cling to the idea of the great exhaustion of the Southern personnel