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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
e officers. Engineers are as necessary to an army as sails are to a ship; they locate lines of battle, select positions for the artillery, make reconnoissances, and upon their reports the movements of the army are based. They draw topographical maps, construct roads and bridges, and guide troops in battle to positions they had previously reconnoitred. Scott soon drew to him from this branch of the service Totten, J. L. Smith, R. E. Lee, Beauregard, McClellan, Foster, Tower, Stevens, G. W. Smith, and others, and at once placed Captain Lee on his personal staff. This officer, when Scott was assembling the army at Tampico, for the purpose of investing and capturing Vera Cruz, was with General Wool, who had been assigned the duty of invading Mexico from the north, while Taylor advanced from Matamoras, and General Kearny from New Mexico. In a letter to Mrs. Lee, dated Rio Grande, October 11, 1846, Captain Lee says: We have met with no resistance yet. The Mexicans who were guard
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
last of Captain Brown (Old John Brown). There will be less interest for the others, but still I think the troops will not be withdrawn till they are similarly disposed of. This morning I was introduced to Mrs. Brown, who with a Mr. Tyndale and Mrs. McKim, all from Philadelphia, has come on to have a last interview with her husband. As it is a matter over which I have no control, and wish to take none, I referred them to General William B. Taliaferro. Commanding the Virginia troops. Tell Smith [his brother in the navy] that no charming women have insisted on taking charge of me, as they are always doing of him. I am left to my own resources. A committee of Congress was appointed to investigate the matter, who reported that the invasion was an act of lawless ruffians under the sanction of no public or political authority, distinguished from ordinary violence only by the ulterior ends in contemplation by them and by the fact that the money to maintain the expedition, and the larg
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 7: Atlantic coast defenses.-assigned to duty in Richmond as commander in chief under the direction of the Southern President. (search)
eld a conference with Generals Johnston, Beauregard, and G. W. Smith in reference to active operations. These officers propos and placed under such commanding officers as Van Dorn, G. W. Smith, Longstreet, T. J. Jackson, and Holmes. The northern free both present. Johnston suggested that he invite Generals G. W. Smith and Longstreet also, and the conference was duly hecontest with McClellan's army should be made there. General G. W. Smith agreed with General Johnston's views, while Longstreoint. His army was now composed of four divisions under G. W. Smith, Magruder, D. H. Hill, and Longstreet. Jackson was in tad to be carried from the field in an ambulance. General Gustavus W. Smith, the next officer in rank, immediately assumed co but not complete. Truly, R. E. Lee, General. To General G. W. Smith, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. Whed on the second day-June 1st-can not be maintained. General G. W. Smith, commanding, sums up the fighting on that day by say
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 8: commands the army defending Richmond, and seven days battles. (search)
he Army of Northern Virginia, which he was thereafter destined to lead against the Army of the Potomac on many hard-fought fields. Eighteen hours afterward General G. W. Smith, whose health had not been strong, was taken ill, and had to be relieved of all military duty. At last, one year after the commencement of the war, Robe that General Lee was confident of McClellan's withdrawal, or he would hardly have left in person or detached Longstreet from Richmond. On Lee's departure, General G. W. Smith, who had returned to duty, was left in command with his own division and that of D. H. Hill (at Petersburg commanding the Department of North Carolina), as isions and Hampton's cavalry brigade; but on the 15th Lee telegraphed to Mr. Davis requesting him to order R. H. Anderson's division to him, and on the 17th General G. W. Smith was ordered to join him also. The great value of time was appreciated by the Southern leader. It was his plain duty to force Pope to accept battle before
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 10: Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. (search)
were repulsed. The terrible carnage had progressed six hours. Franklin, with his Sixth Corps from Pleasant Valley, arrived about 10 A. M.-having sent Couch's division of the Fourth Corps to guard Maryland Heights. His leading division under Smith, whose advance brigade was commanded by Hancock, went to the support of Sumner; a forward movement of this division and that of Slocum, which had arrived about noon, was stopped by McClellan, who feared a counter attack on his vanquished right. ly two divisions and two regiments of Stoneman's Third Corps was attempting to overthrow Jackson, who lay in his front with thirty thousand men in a sheltered, and for a portion of the line, fortified position. Why Reynolds was not supported by Smith's Sixth Corps of twenty-four thousand men, which was a short distance behind him, is one of the mysteries of war. Franklin would still have had fourteen thousand men-namely, two divisions of the Third Corps and one of the Ninth --exclusive of thi
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 11: Chancellorsville. (search)
the left shoulder joint, divided the artery, and fractured the bone. Reeling in his saddle and losing hold of his bridle rein, he was caught by Captain Wilbourn and placed on the ground. A. P. Hill was soon at his side, as well as his two aids, Smith and Morrison. The two latter placed him in a litter, and then in an ambulance he was carried from the field amid the shrieks of the shells, the whistling of the bullets, and the groans of the wounded and dying. His last order, after being so fekeeping the road unguided. Without rations for men, and with horses exhausted, Stuart arrived at Carlisle the day Hill and Ewell were engaged at Gettysburg. He wanted to levy a contribution for rations on Carlisle, but the Federal General Baldy Smith, with his Pennsylvania reserves, would not surrender the place. Its probable capture the next day was prevented by news received for the first time of General Lee's position and intentions. Stuart did not know until he received a dispatch from
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 13: campaign in Virginia.-Bristol Station.-mine Run.-Wilderness. (search)
bottled up ; but twelve thousand five hundred of his force under General Baldy Smith, as he was called, had been taken out from the bottom of the bottle, placed on also re-enforced by a division of North Carolinians. On June 1st, at 5 P. M., Smith's command and the Sixth Corps attacked, the other corps being held by Grant in the main position was immovable, of which, after the loss of two thousand men, Smith and Wright became convinced. The 2d of June, says Grant, was spent in gettingt again, each without reference to the other's advance. It is known that Baldy Smith positively refused to obey it, while some of the other corps commanders went tes, and on that night his tent was pitched near Drewry's Bluff. Grant had sent Smith's troops around by water, down the York and up the James to City Point, with orders to try and capture Petersburg, and on the morning of the 15th Smith was in front of the lines there. He was slow and cautious. That afternoon Lee's army began
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 14: siege of Petersburg. (search)
day in getting his pontoons ready; and even then it could have been done if General Smith, of the Eighteenth Corps, to whom the duty was confided, had attacked when ad re-enforced Lee, but Lee had not yet returned the compliment, and when Baldy Smith began to deploy on his front, about ten o'clock on the morning of June 15th, wio as to allow one man for every four yards and a half of his works. At 7 P. M. Smith carried with a cloud of tirailleurs the lines on a portion of his front, in spione o'clock, and Petersburg would have certainly fallen. Meade knew nothing of Smith's proposed coup de main, nor did Hancock, until he received orders at half-past 5 that afternoon to join General Smith, reaching his position about dark, after he had made a lodgment. About the same time Hoke's division, from Drewry's Bluffand Ninth. Hancock's, Burnside's, and Warren's corps, Martindale's division of Smith's, and Neill's division from the Sixth Corpsor ninety thousand effectives — wer
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Index. (search)
he, 72. Sickles, General D. E., 244, 248, 273, 281. Sigel, General, 179, 190, 192, 341. Slavery abolished, 219. Slocum, General Henry W., 187, 248, 290. Smith, General Gustavus W., 138, 139, 147, 148, 181. Smith, General Purcifor F., mentioned, 41; noticed, 46, 47. Smith, General William F., 227, 266, 341, 342, 346Smith, General Purcifor F., mentioned, 41; noticed, 46, 47. Smith, General William F., 227, 266, 341, 342, 346, 347. Solferino flag, the, 327. Sorrel, General, mentioned, 390. Southern cavalry, 154. Spottswood, Alexander, 21. Spottsylvania Court House, 259, 333. Stafford Heights, 225. Stanard's Vermont troops, 294. Stanton, Edwin M., mentioned, 167, 221, 242, 268. Starke, General, killed, 212. Stephens, Alexander H.Smith, General William F., 227, 266, 341, 342, 346, 347. Solferino flag, the, 327. Sorrel, General, mentioned, 390. Southern cavalry, 154. Spottswood, Alexander, 21. Spottsylvania Court House, 259, 333. Stafford Heights, 225. Stanard's Vermont troops, 294. Stanton, Edwin M., mentioned, 167, 221, 242, 268. Starke, General, killed, 212. Stephens, Alexander H., 90. Stevens, General, mentioned, 196. Stevens, Mrs., Martha, 232. Stewart, John, of Brook Hill, Va., 401. St. John, General J. M., 383. St. Lambert Heights, 422. St. Paul, toast to, 222. St. Paul's Church, Richmond, 379. Stoneman, General, 163, 242, 243; at Knoxville, 370. Stonewall brigade, 324, 325. Stratfor