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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Gettysburg, [from the times-dispatch, April 10, 1904.] (search)
were reformed, and I take this occasion to express my grateful recollection of the attention I received on the field, particularly from Colonel Hess, of the 72d Pennsylvania (I think). If he still lives, I hope yet to have the pleasure of grasping his hand and expressing to him my gratitude for his kindness to me. Only the brave know how to treat a fallen foe. I cannot close this letter without reference to the Confederate chief, General R. E. Lee. Somebody blundered at Gettysburg but not Lee. He was too great a master of the art of war to have hurled a handful of men against an army. It has been abundantly shown that the fault lay not with him, but with others, who failed to execute his orders. This has been written amid interruptions, and is an imperfect attempt to describe the great charge, but I have made the effort to comply with your request because of your very kind and friendly letter, and because there is no reason why those who once were foes should not now be friend
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Captain John Holmes Smith's account. (search)
nted. Captain Fry, Assistant Adjutant-General of General Kemper, was also there on foot, with a courier, who was a long-legged, big-footed fellow, whom we called Big Foot Walker, also afoot. Captain R. W. Douthat, of Company F, I also noticed, and there were some other regimental officers whom I cannot now recall. Big foot Walker. We thought our work was done, and that the day was over, for the last enemy in sight we had seen disappear over the hill in front; and I expected to see General Lee's army marching up to take possession of the field. As I looked over the work of our advance with this expectation, I could see nothing but dead and wounded men and horses in the field beyond us, and my heart never in my life sank as it did then. It was a grievous disappointment. Instantly men turned to each other with anxious inquiries what to do, and a number of officers grouped together in consultation, Captain Fry, Captain Douthat, Adjutant Harris, and myself, who are above noted
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
nd Gen. Pegram's Brigade did. Episode of General Lee to the rear. [see also, Southern Historicave been not far from the headquarters that were Lee's that morn, and near to the angle that was blo broken through the centre of our line near General Lee's headquarters, and had captured the whole ed towards the enemy we recognized our idolized Lee. Already the bullets were zipping past, aimed celmed in the trenches. What if one should kill Lee? Get in front of him, keep the bullets off, waon came dashing down the line. At the sight of Lee he reined up his handsome bay so sharply as to . It was a picture never to be forgotten. General Lee, this is no place for you. Go back, Generalthe oft-quoted shout: General Lee to the rear! Lee to the rear! Go back, General, we can't chargethose next me: Pass it down the line, boys; General Lee is looking at us. Aye, and depending upon Many times into that half acre of blood did General Lee send regiment after regiment, made up of or[9 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.39 (search)
n's Brigade belonged), was sent to the trenches around Petersburg, and fronting General Grant's army. For months after, although in feeble health, Colonel Carrington, with his regiment, stuck nobly to his duty, sometimes repelling assaults upon Lee's lines; at all times under fire and exposed to deadly peril. In August, 1864, Colonel Withers, in consequence of the wounds received at Gaines' Mill two years before, was retired, and Colonel Carrington was promoted full colonel of the 18th Vich it was subjected, the 18th Virginia, under the efficient management of Colonel Carrington, was largely recruited, and became again one of the finest in the service. In the early spring of 1865, Grant's ever-increasing army broke the lines of Lee's ever-decreasing army, and then commenced that disastrous retreat which presaged the downfall of the Confederacy. At Five Forks, at Dinwiddie, at Farmville, at Sailor's Creek and to the end at fateful Appomattox, where the star of the Confederac
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.41 (search)
rant's powerful coils in front of the Confederate capital, and realizing that unless he could break the state of siege final defeat was only a question of time, General Lee sent Early with every man he could spare to effect a diversion on Washington, up the Valley. It was an unpromising venture at best, as out of his abundance Graorce to overwhelm Early. Such as it was the chance was made absolutely desperate after the defeat at Winchester and Fisher's Hill. But circumstanced as he was General Lee could not forego the bare possibility of extrication from a fatal position. Thus he wrote to Early September 27th: I very much regret the reverses that have oced Hotchkiss, as he was setting out for Richmond, is used by General Gordon to sustain his attack upon his commander. This was that the captain was not to tell General Lee we should have advanced in the morning at Middletown, for we should have done so. While construed as a confession of personal culpability, read in connection w