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nia with hostile purpose is the act of war, said Robert E. Lee in April, 1861, and that act occurred before theand their possessions in a state of defense. Gen. Robert E. Lee having been appointed by Governor Letcher to aj. F. M. Boykin, Jr., at Weston, was directed by General Lee to muster volunteer companies into the service ofn flintlock muskets were the only arms with which General Lee was able to supply these important forces. Lies it appears that so far as Governor Letcher and General Lee could act in defense of the exposed northwestern These dispositions were made before May 10th, by General Lee under his commission from that State, and on thatmpanies could be supplied for immediate service. General Lee did not think it was prudent at that time to orde than conciliate, the population of that region. But Lee was very much concerned at the failure to procure vol Porterfield had reached Grafton on the same day that Lee's letter was written to Jackson, and found no forces
ds connecting Washington with Parkersburg and Wheeling and thence with the Western States. In response to this appeal General Lee could only say that he would furnish some arms at Staunton, Va., and give Heck authority to recruit a regiment in the hill, where more sanguinary contests were soon to occur. At Beverly Colonel Porterfield reported his misfortune to General Lee, also giving an account of the depredations of the Federal troops and the state of revolution which existed in the section in the hands of the enemy. General Lee responded in a kindly letter, giving the welcome information that Gen. Robert S. Garnett had been assigned to command in that region and would soon reach the scene of action with such forces as were avaieved Mc-Clellan had possession of as much of western Virginia as was desired. In this vein General Garnett wrote, and General Lee, in response, expressed his belief that Mc-Clellan would attack and endeavor to penetrate Virginia as far as Staunton,
Chapter 3: Operations under Gen. R. E. Lee Floyd and Wise in the Kanawha valley battle of Carnifhad been relieved by the victory at Manassas, Gen. Robert E. Lee gave his attention personally to the directioand. The circumstances were somewhat embarrassing to Lee. Throughout his entire career as a soldier he manifes two wings; the right under Loring, who had outranked Lee in the old army, and the left nominally under Floyd, ture, in response to the request of General Wise, General Lee detached from the latter's command Tompkins' and osing his position. At the same time he wrote to General Lee, asking to be separated from Floyd's command. In capturing over 40 prisoners. Up to this time, General Lee had not visited the forces in the Kanawha valley,ttalion in the latter), Colonel Burk's command and Major Lee's cavalry. About 3,500 men in this division were effective. General Lee went to the front early in August, accompanied by his aides, Col. John A. Washington
rebels. Excited and jubilant, they hastened away over the snow-clad roads, pursued unavailingly by parties of Federal cavalry, and after fighting back their pursuers, or eluding them, reached a point of safety from which their distinguished prisoners were sent to General Early's headquarters. In the twenty-four hours they had ridden ninety miles, much of the time at night, while the route traversed included mountains, hill and streams, upon which lay the snow and ice of winter. This famous exploit, which received special mention in a report of Gen. R. E. Lee to Secretary Breckinridge, was the last notable service of the Rangers. Lieutenant McNeill now received his captain's commission, but the war presently ended, and the command was paroled. Subsequently he married and removed to Illinois. The men returned to civil occupations and became honored citizens, in various professions and callings, not only in the Virginias and Maryland, but in other States of the North and South.