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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 42: Petersburg. (search)
g us and standing across our march. At Sailor's Creek the road forks, --one road to the High Bri on their left flank. Anderson crossed Sailor's Creek, closely followed by Ewell. The route by nable, of his staff, as to the disaster at Sailor's Creek. He drew Mahone's division away, and tookthe enemy had captured the wagon-trains at Sailor's Creek. General Lee exclaimed, Where is Andersonher troops, will you take your division to Sailor's Creek? and I promptly gave the order by the left flank, and off we were for Sailor's Creek, where the disaster had occurred. General Lee rode withthe crossing of the river road overlooking Sailor's Creek, the disaster which had overtaken our armyldier could make, and its noise in rear of Sailor's Creek may have served to increase the confusion vern. I heard nothing of the affair at Sailor's Creek, nor from General Lee, until next morning.The enemy seemed to think they had another Sailor's Creek affair, and part of their attack got in as
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 43: Appomattox. (search)
ployed into line, stacked their arms, folded their colors, and walked empty-handed to find their distant, blighted homes. There were surrendered and paroled on the last day of our military history over twenty-eight thousand officers and men,--viz.: General Lee and staff15 Longstreet's corps Including the parts of the Third Corps attached after the fall of A. P. Hill, and about five thousand that reported on the 7th, 8th, and 9th in bands and squads from the columns broken up at Sailor's Creek.14,833 Gordon's corps Including five thousand two hundred of fragments dispersed at Petersburg and during the rearward march, that joined us in retreat.7,200 Ewell's corps287 Cavalry corps1,786 Artillery2,586 Detachments1,649 Total28,356 In glancing backward over the period of the war, and the tremendous and terrible events with which it was fraught, the reflection irresistibly arises, that it might perhaps have been avoided and without dishonor. The flag and the fame of th