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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.5 (search)
graph discovers in his book, and to which it gives expression as follows: Yet, we think all readers of this book will admit that, considering the inequality of strength brought into the field by the two belligerents, and of the vast superiority of the North, General Lee was far too fond of fighting. Many extracts might be made from it to show that such is the undoubted opinion of its author. Perhaps so. Unquestionably this opinion was shared by Generals McClellan, Pope, Burnside, Hooker, Meade, and Grant, of the Federal Army of the Potomac. Now, there is the gist of the London telegraph's version of General Longstreet's criticism of General Lee. Our old chief was too fond of fighting. Well, who else is there in the Army of Northern Virginia who cannot pardon him for that weakness in consideration of the very brilliant results that almost invariably attended his exhibitions of pugnacity? In war it is said that nothing succeeds like success. In General Lee's career his succes
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A parallel for Grant's action. (search)
pose, for, notwithstanding the fact that perhaps equal losses had been inflicted on the Confederates, the situation of the beligerents in Virginia remained substantially the same as when the first battle of Bull Run occurred in 1861. Retaining Meade in command of the Army of the Potomac, but casting his personal fortunes with that magnificent but unfortunate army, Grant inaugurated a campaign against Lee which involved a succession of bloody battles hardly paralleled in modern warfare, in w greater mistake. Lee had previously been lucky in his adversaries; now he had met one who understood his business; who like himself knew how to Weigh relative chances; who knew when his army was licked and also when it wasn't; who, seconded by Meade, knew how to spread an army out and fight it properly, and who did not lose his head when merely repulsed and rush away in retreat, under the impression that all was lost. No such series of rapid and able—even brilliant—manoeuvres as those aroun
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Company D, Clarke Cavalry. (search)
nes, Walter Janney, John M. Johnson, James Kiger, J. M. Keller, Charles Kendall, John Kerfoot, Henry D. Kerfoot, John N. Kitchen, Thomas Kneller, Louis C. Kneller, Jacob S. Kneller, Charles E. Kimball, C. C. Larue, James J. Larue, William A. Larue, Gilbert C. Larue, H. L. D. Lewis, Robert H. Lewis, James Lindsey, William Laughlin, Joseph S. Mason, Douglas Mason, Frank Moore, William Moore, A. Moore, Jr., Nicholas Moore, William C. Morgan, John Morgan, Jr., Robert P. Morgan, Daniel Morgan, F. Key Meade, David Meade, Jr., Harry Meade, Matthew Fontaine Magner, Newton Mannel, William Taylor Milton, Carey Mitchell, Robert Mitchell, Ship Mitchell, John Milburn, H. Bounce Michie, E. C. Marshall, Jr., D. Holmes McGuire, Burwell McGuire, John P. McMurry, Edward McCormick, Hugh H. McCormick, Cyrus McCormick, Province McCormick, Jr., Nicholas McClure, Hierome L. Opie, John N. Opie, Edward Osborn, Philip H. Powers, George Page, William B. Page, Archie C. Page, Robert N. Pendleton, Dudley D. Pendle
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.27 (search)
ns and posterity to do justice to the character of those who have sustained so unequal a struggle for all that is dear to man. In anticipation of that time, I will call attention to some facts which will show the tremendous odds the Confederate armies had to encounter. Mr. Secretary Stanton's report shows that the available strength present for duty in the army with which General Grant commenced the campaign of 1864 was, on 1st of May, 1864, as follows: The Army of the Potomac (under Gen. Meade)120,386 The Ninth Army Corps (under Gen. Burnside)20,780 ——— Aggregate141,166 Beside this, he says the chief part of the force designed to guard the Middle Department and the Department of Washington was called to the front to repair losses in the Army of the Potomac, which doubtless was done before that army left the vicinity of Spotsylvania Courthouse, as General Grant says: The 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th (of May, 1864) were consumed in manoeuvering and waiting for
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.59 (search)
r, the regiment was with the brigade when it was ordered back on the Warrenton road, where it repulsed a cavalry charge with slight loss. After that it returned to its old and comfortable quarters at Liberty Mills. When General Lee confronted Meade at Mine Run, November 27, 1863, the weather was intensely cold and the sufferings of the men were great. Not being allowed to have fires on the skirmish line, the men were relieved every half hour. The 28th was a part of the troops withdrawn from the trenches at 3 A. M. on the 2d of December and moved to the right to make an attack, but at daylight it was found that Meade had withdrawn. Late in the afternoon of the 5th of May, 1864, the 28th went gallantly to the support of the hard-pressed troops in the Wilderness when Colonel Venable, of General Lee's staff, said to Colonel Palmer, of General A. P. Hill's: Thank God! I will go back and tell General Lee that Lane has just gone in and will hold his ground until other troops arriv