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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 1: the Ante-bellum life of the author. (search)
same class (1840). The class of 1841 had the largest list of officers killed in action. Irons, Ayers, Ernst, Gantt, Morris, and Burbank were killed in the Mexican War. N. Lyon, R. S. Garnett, J. F. Reynolds, R. B. Garnett, A. W. Whipple, J. M. Jones, I. B. Richardson, and J. P. Garesche fell on the fields of the late war. Of the class of 1842 few were killed in action, but several rose to distinguished positions,--Newton, Eustis, Rosecrans, Lovell, Van Dorn, Pope, Sykes, G. W. Smith, M. L. Smith, R. H. Anderson, L. McLaws, D. H. Hill, A. P. Stewart, B. S. Alexander, N. J. T. Dana, and others. But the class next after us (1843) was destined to furnish the man who was to eclipse all,--to rise to the rank of general, an office made by Congress to honor his services; who became President of the United States, and for a second term; who received the salutations of all the powers of the world in his travels as a private citizen around the earth; of noble, generous heart, a lovable
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 38: battle of the Wilderness. (search)
ine back and compelling the reserves to move forward and recover it. General Lee sent General M. L. Smith, of the engineers, to report to me. He was ordered through the wood on my right to the unhe forces struggled an hour at the extreme tension of skill and valor. About ten o'clock General Smith returned and reported favorably of his reconnoissance: that the heavy woodland concealed thetroops to march near the unfinished railroad beyond view of that left on the Brock road. General Smith was then asked to take a small party and pass beyond the Brock road and find a way for turnihone's of R. H. Anderson's, and Wofford's of Kershaw's division, by the route recommended by General Smith, have them faced to the left, and marched down against Hancock's left. Davis's brigade of ty and anxious for opportunity to engage, and followed as our battle line pushed forward. General Smith then came and reported a way across the Brock road that would turn Hancock's extreme left.