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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 1: ancestry. (search)
ng of England, Scotland, France, Ireland, and Virginia two years before his restoration in England. motto to the Virginia Coat of Arms was En dat Virginia quintam until after the union of England and Scotland, when it was En dat Virginia quartam. The inscription on the tombstone of the second Ric is distinguished above all other counties in Virginia as the birthplace of genius, so, perhaps, no who married Colonel Grymes, of the Council of Virginia. Bishop Porteus, of England, was her uncle. 8 he was a member of the convention called in Virginia to consider the ratification of the Federal Cnia had a right to object; but, he exclaimed, Virginia is my country; her will I obey, however lamenit may subject me. When he was Governor of Virginia, six years before, his native State occupied f the United States or of obeying the will of Virginia, he drew his sword in defense of his mother Cegan he was stationed in Washington, but when Virginia seceded he did not hesitate to abandon the co[17 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
rnal ancestors, he no less fell heir to the strong characteristics of his mother's family, one of the oldest and best in Virginia. The unselfishness, generosity, purity, and faithfulness of the Virginia Carters are widely known, and they have alwaysother a daughter of Alexander Spottswood, the soldier who fought with Marlborough at Blenheim, and was afterward sent to Virginia as governor in 1710, and whose descent can be traced in a direct line from King Robert the Bruce, of Scotland. Roberd that of Washington were not only in the same county but only a short distance apart. The landscape of that section of Virginia was the first that greeted the eyes of each. The Potomac River, in all its grandeur and beauty, flowed past Stratford aon and war. President Van Buren, a citizen of New York, would not entertain annexation, while a successor-John Tyler, of Virginia-favored it. A treaty made to carry out the provisions of annexation was rejected by the Senate. In 1844 it became a par
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
blishment. Mr. R. M. T. Hunter, at that time a distinguished senator in Congress from the State of Virginia, offered an amendment to the Army Appropriation Bill which had passed the House in 1854, a the lands of mine adjacent to said mill in the counties of Alexandria and Fairfax, in the State of Virginia, the use and benefit of all just mentioned during the term of her natural life. . . . My dour friends while a drop of blood remains and by hanging, if you must. Nine years afterward in Virginia the rope was placed in uncomfortable proximity to his own neck. Kansas when a Territory, anarms and money were freely tendered. His fanaticism grew, and his zeal knew no proper bounds. Virginia was selected as the best point to carry out his plans. There he would incite the negroes to rearge amounts they had brought with them, had been contributed by other States of the Union. Virginia, not knowing the extent of the insurrection, was preparing for war. Henry A. Wise, then Governo
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 4: War. (search)
number, had approved the Constitution before Virginia acted. The debates in her convention on thisect the more he became convinced, first, that Virginia in seceding from the Union was exercising thetous and disgraceful traffic in the colony of Virginia. Lee had read, too, Jefferson's indictmenrkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, and Missouri declined in terms more or less he had accepted the command of the troops of Virginia after having declined the command of the United States Army. Virginia, through her convention, wanted to see him. A committee had been appointedn the left members of the Advisory Council of Virginia. Leaning on the arm of Mr. Marmaduke Johnson waiting for the endorsation by the people of Virginia of the action of her representatives duly ass Make your plans for several years of war. If Virginia is invaded, which appears to be designed, thernment, reached Richmond on the 29th of May. Virginia's capital then became the capital of the Conf[13 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 5: invasion of Virginia. (search)
Chapter 5: invasion of Virginia. On the 24th of May the advance guard of the Federal army occuades, brigades to divisions. With the map of Virginia before him, Lee studied to make a successful port, and then on through the great valley of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Mountaihe point of union of the railroad coming into Virginia from Washington with a branch road leading inon had continued the march of his troops into Virginia, he would have reached Martinsburg on the 17t 1861, with eleven thousand men first invaded Virginia and took possession of Arlington Heights and at the Cabinet should have sent McDowell into Virginia, and sent him two messages by his aid-de-campthat he was never in favor of going over into Virginia. He did not believe in a little war by pieceas follows: headquarters, departments Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, May 30, 1861. Mrs. R. E. Lederate army. Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia, and Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryla
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 6: the campaign in West Virginia. (search)
er sections began to receive attention. Northwest Virginia lies between the Alleghany Mountains andhad recruited and organized a brigade in southwest Virginia, and in July led it over to the region oral of Ohio volunteers. He crossed into northwest Virginia on the 26th of May, he says, of his own d been ordered to defend that portion of northwest Virginia. Garnett was a Virginian, who had grding officer for the Southern troops in Northwest Virginia, General Lee designated Brigadier-Generaould probably be two armies operating in northwest Virginia, and also being disappointed in what hadation from Staunton and other portions of eastern Virginia were necessarily long and difficult. vernment at Washington recognized as the State of Virginia. It must be admitted that General Le be avenged, and the whole of that portion of Virginia speedily wrested from the Federal arms. The Confederate States, the other the Governor of Virginia. They knew him well, and that the failure o[1 more...]
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)
ern President. The defenseless condition of the States south of Virginia bordering on the Atlantic coast was an object of solicitude to thell to be made, and he has gone to the adjutant general's office of Virginia to engage in the service. God grant it may be for his good. I toto their destination. Much had happened during his absence from Virginia. The campaign was subjected to new conditions, and the location o, Longstreet, T. J. Jackson, and Holmes. The northern frontier of Virginia was formed into a new military department, and General Johnston's fluence in favor of J. E. Johnston, as he came from his section of Virginia and was a relative, and he received the appointment. In those dayacuation of Norfolk and the destruction of the famous Merrimac, or Virginia, as she was last named. General Lee could not vote in favor of Ge Jonathan Jackson was born at Clarksburg, Harrison County, then in Virginia, now West Virginia. Thirty-seven years afterward he was born again
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 8: commands the army defending Richmond, and seven days battles. (search)
of a particular army. You will assume command of the army in eastern Virginia and in North Carolina, and give such orders as may be needful President, General R. E. Lee assumes command of the armies of eastern Virginia and North Carolina. The unfortunate casualty that has deprivetates army, will assume the immediate command of the armies in eastern Virginia and North Carolina. By command of the Secretary of War. day, too, he published Special Orders No. 130, Headquarters, Northern Virginia, June 11, 1862, directing Brigadier-General W. H. C. Whiting,. He was evidently deeply impressed with the idea that the war in Virginia had not been conducted properly, and that he had been brought froed the concentration of Pope's army and its gradual extension into Virginia. He saw that it had passed McDowell's battlefield, crossed the Rathe Second, Sixth, Seventh, Twelfth, and Seventeenth Battalions of Virginia cavalry. Having detached a regiment under Munford to operate on t
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 9: Second battle of Manassas. (search)
culties a wide and unfordable river rolled between Virginia and Washington. His residence at Arlington had mathdraw his army and take up a line farther back in Virginia, rest and recruit his army, and patiently wait, aseaching results. Second, because it would relieve Virginia and the Confederate quartermasters and commissary o leave their homes and accompany the army back to Virginia. Near Frederick, on September 8th, General Leemination of the boundary line between Maryland and Virginia has been attended with much expense and discussion; gather in detachments of his men left behind in Virginia, from bare feet and other causes, and fill up his ick with three divisions; crossed the Potomac into Virginia; marched on Martinsburg, which was evacuated on hiow Harper's Ferry and seize the Loudoun heights in Virginia. These movements were successfully accomplished, Colonel Miles had strongly fortified the ridge in Virginia called Bolivar Heights, lying between the rivers;
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 10: Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. (search)
true the scattered Southern troops could have been more easily concentrated in Virginia and, if necessary, a battle avoided; but Lee had entered Maryland with the int of the time he was on foot, having both arms and hands injured before leaving Virginia from being thrown violently to the ground, his horse making a sudden jump whens preferable, in his opinion, to consuming the substance of the Confederacy in Virginia after the second Manassas, and the result of a victory in Maryland was worth t a man of his prudence; but by crossing below Harper's Ferry and marching into Virginia he could keep interposed between his capital and the Confederate army, and at ecrossed the Potomac without loss. Not a man should be permitted to return to Virginia, telegraphed Halleck to McClellan in informing him that Stuart was at Chambers I shall proceed, said Sumner, to shell the town. Fredericksburg, a typical Virginia town, is built on a plain every foot of which is commanded by the heights oppo
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