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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Life in Pennsylvania. (search)
General Lee is our commander, he should have the support and influence we can give him. If the blame, if there is any, can be shifted from him to me, I shall help him and our cause by taking it. I desire, therefore, that all the responsibility that can be put upon me shall go there, and shall remain there. The truth will be known in time, and I leave that to show how much of the responsibility of Gettysburg rests on my shoulders. Most affectionately yours, J. Longstreet. To A. B. Longstreet, Ll.D., Columbus, Ga. I sincerely regret that I cannot still rest upon that letter. But I have been so repeatedly and so rancorously assailed by those whose intimacy with the commanding general in that battle gave an apparent importance to their assaults, that I feel impelled by a sense of duty to give to the public a full and comprehensive narration of the campaign from its beginning to its end; especially when I reflect that the publication of the truth cannot now, as it might have
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Leading Confederates on the battle of Gettysburg. (search)
As General Lee is our commander, he should have the support and influence we can give him. If the blame (if there is any) can be shifted from him to me, I shall help him and our cause by taking it. I desire, therefore, that all the responsibility that can be put upon me shall go there and shall remain there. The truth will be known in time, and I leave that to show how much of the responsibility of Gettysburg rests on my shoulders. Most affectionately yours, J. Longstreet. To A. B. Longstreet, Ll. D., Columbus, Ga. I sincerely regret that I cannot still rest upon that letter. But I have been so repeatedly and so rancorously assailed by those whose intimacy with the Commanding-General in that battle gave an apparent importance to their assaults, that I feel impelled by a sense of duty to give to the public a full and comprehensive narration of the campaign from its beginning to its end; especially when I reflect that the publication of the truth cannot now, as it might have
squehanna, between that place and Columbia. Longstreet's corps was near Chambersburgh, and Hill's cl Hill marched toward Nansemond to reenforce Longstreet, who was investing Suffolk. Failing in his ; and on the morning of the fourteenth, that Longstreet's corps was reported to be going south throuony, is, that Lee's army has been reduced by Longstreet's corps, and perhaps, by some regiments fromon. All we knew positively was, that one of Longstreet's divisions had arrived in Charleston to reee hills, in the rear of his right flank, and Longstreet commenced pouring his massive column througheir fallen companions, was too much even for Longstreet's men. About sunset they made their last chhad become weakened by the detachment of General Longstreet's command against Knoxville. General Shn's forces were interposed between Bragg and Longstreet, so as to prevent any possibility of their fccessfully accomplished his object, and that Longstreet is in full retreat toward Virginia, but no d[4 more...]
Doc. 13.-fight at Campbell's Station, Tenn. Knoxville, Tenn., November 7, 1863. The first engagement of any consequence between our forces and those of Longstreet, in the retreat to Knoxville, took place yesterday, at Campbell's Station — a little collection of houses on the Kingston road, where it forms a junction with the road to Loudon. During the night of Sunday, the rebels made three different charges on our position at Lenoir, with the intention of capturing the batteries onsucceeding manoeuvres, the commands on both sides, Union as well as rebel, exhibited a degree of discipline which at once betrayed the veterans of many a battle-field. Our troops here found an enemy not unworthy of their steel, in the hands of Longstreet. Insignificant as the present fight may appear in comparison with others of this war, it certainly will rank among those in which real generalship was displayed. Every motion, every evolution, was made with the precision and regularity of the
threatening the enemy's commu nications with Longstreet, of which I informed Burnside by telegraph oto Sherman, informing him of the movement of Longstreet, and the necessity of his immediate presencethe Ohio army. By holding on, and placing Longstreet between the Little Tennessee and Knoxville, e railroad between Cleveland and Dalton, and Longstreet thus cut off from communication with the Soudivision of Buckner's corps had gone to join Longstreet, and a second division of the same corps hadBurnside move out of Knoxville in pursuit of Longstreet, and General Granger's move in, I put in mot than one hundred miles north, and compelled Longstreet to raise the siege of Knoxville, which gave or than it was at Fredericksburgh, where General Longstreet is said to have estimated that Lee's arm Breckinridge, did not number half so many. Longstreet's Virginia divisions, and other troops, had sual. Possibly a mistake was committed when Longstreet was sent away, and possibly it would have be[12 more...]
iles of Knoxville, together with the news of Longstreet's advance upon Burnside below, has somewhat er, our reenforcements from Grant will reach Longstreet's rear, and that active rebel leader will tae miles from Knoxville, on the Lenoir road. Longstreet's army, variously estimated to number from tn the last. At one time it is reported that Longstreet has gone to Tazewell, on his way to Kentuckynts by flood and field. The Ninth corps and Longstreet's men are old opponents of Potomac memory, a at Wytheville — from all of which, if true, Longstreet's position will not prove to be an easy one. over. We no longer doubt the intentions of Longstreet. After thirteen days of menace and siege, hwer of the Southern army — the picked men of Longstreet's boasted veterans; and saw the sun rise, onwever improbable. Should Lee be able to aid Longstreet by any concatenation of military circumstancl pickets out of the wet, and ascertain that Longstreet is on his way to Dixie. I will send particu[18 more...]<
battle on other parts of the lines, the enemy would have been repulsed with very great slaughter, and our country would have escaped the misfortune and the army the mortification of the first defeat that has resulted from misconduct by the troops. In the mean time, the army of General Burnside was driven from all its field positions in Eastern Tennessee, and forced to retreat from its intrenchments at Knoxville, where, for some weeks, it was threatened with capture by the forces under General Longstreet. No information has reached me of the final result of the operations of our commander, though intelligence has arrived of his withdrawal from that place. While, therefore, our success in driving the enemy from our soil has not equalled the expectations confidently entertained at the commencement of the campaign, his further progress has been checked. If we are forced to regret losses in Tennessee and Arkansas, we are not without ground for congratulations on successes in Louisiana
This was a heavy blow to the rebels, considering their facilities for repairing a damaged road, and the absolute necessity for keeping open communications with Longstreet. According to their own accounts, it has taken twelve days to put the road in running order again. We did that work in six hours; while Lee, with his army os. This, including the damage to the railroad, is not far from the mark. It must be borne in mind that Salem is the depot for Western Virginia, as well as for Longstreet's corps, and that the stores had been removed from other points to Salem, for safety. After we had performed this work, we began the retreat, and fell back six division, with General Robert E. Lee to plan and put him in the right place, does well. Mosby would plan and execute a fight or strategic movement better than Longstreet at Suffolk or Knoxville, Tubal Early at Staunton. Jackson's blunt response to some parlor or bar-room strategist in Richmond, More men, but fewer orders, was w
d the progress of the rebels for that day. There they remained, until Colonel Garrard, with his splendid regiment, dismounted, advanced, and occupied the ground. The regiment was then, by order of Colonel Garrard, posted on the crest of the hill next in rear, where it was relieved near midnight by the Fifteenth Wisconsin. The stubborn fighting of the infantry alone saved the town from capture, and, perhaps, the entire command from defeat, for preparations for retreat had been going on all day, and the troops engaged were not reenforced for fear of bringing on a general engagement, for which we were not ready. The retreat was made over two routes, our forces falling back across the Holston to Strawberry Plains. Newmarket was occupied by the rebels yesterday. The forces here are ready for any emergency, and expect an attack from Longstreet, who has been heavily reenforced. Still, if the enemy is as strong as reported, you need not be surprised to hear of us next at Knoxville.
rable point for his attack. In front of General Longstreet, (opposite our left wing,) Lee remarks, m reaching our left, which, as we have seen, Longstreet was directed to carry. Well may General Mea imminent danger of losing the Roundtop, for Longstreet was making desperate exertions to carry it. struggle now became deadly. The columns of Longstreet charged with reckless fury upon our troops; was able to withstand the impetuous onset of Longstreet's legions for nearly an hour before any succgn of Lee by overthrowing our left wing, and Longstreet was reenforced by Pickett's three brigades, Speaking of the moment when the columns of Longstreet had been finally repulsed by our left, on Fr is no saying what might have happened. General Longstreet talked to me, he narrates, for a long tir enfilading the lane. I also distinguished Longstreet walking about, hustled by the excited crowd,the ground that it held on the third against Longstreet. That was no place for it, nor is there a j[2 more...]
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