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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 6.34 (search)
from a strictly military point of view, the term siege cannot properly be applied to the operations around Petersburg, for there was lacking what, according to Vauban, is the fist requisite in a siege — perfect investment. the same is true of Sebastopol. Address of Capt. W. Gordon McCabe (formerly Adjutant of Pegram's battalion of artillery, A. N. V.) before the Association of the Army of Northern Virginia, November 1, 1876. [published by request of the Association.] Comrades of the Army of Northern Virginia: I am here in obedience to your orders and give you a soldier's greeting. It has fallen to me, at your behest, to attempt the story of a defence more masterly in happy reaches of generalship than that of Sebastopol, and not less memorable than that of Zaragoza in a constancy which rose superior to accumulating disaster, and a stern valor ever reckoned highest by the enemy. It is a great task, nor do I take shame to myself that I am not equal to it, for, spe