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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.13 (search)
the Federal army, and request protection of the citizens and their property. Zzzgeneral Lee reticent. The committee, which consisted of the Mayor (Hon. W. W. Townes), James Boisseau (as well as I can remember), and myself—the records of the Council do not show who the committee were—waited on General Lee at his headquarters at the Dupuy House (now the suburban residence of John McGill, Esq., of this city), situated about a mile west of the city, on the Dupuy road, in the county of Dinwiddie. General Lee was not at his headquarters when the committee arrived, but rode up a short time thereafter, and promptly gave audience to the committee. Our mission was made known. The General was apparently calm and collected, but very reticent, only replying to the committee that he would communicate with us at the residence of Mr. Paul, in the city of Petersburg, that (Sunday) night at 10 o'clock. This place was suggested as Major Giles B. Cook, who was a member of General Lee's staff,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.22 (search)
to it for something to eat. Sometimes we had bread (such as it was), sometimes meat, sometimes neither. Men resorted to all sorts of devices to get a square meal. If perchance they met a farmer they at once cultivated him as a long-lost brother, and made all sorts of excuses to call; took the girls to ride, etc., and never left without eating some meal, either dinner or supper. Our orderly sergeant, a Frenchman of many accomplishments, is said to have called on the widow Hancock, in Dinwiddie county, and, on taking his leave, also took her gray cat, and his mess ate her in a stew, smothered in garlic, the next day. They say so; I don't know. A Frenchman has the reputation of eating anything. Zzzgeneral Hampton Proposes a raid. Be that as it may, on the 8th of September General Hampton addressed a note to General Lee, informing him that his scouts reported to him a large herd of cattle grazing in the rear of Grant's army, in the neighborhood of Coggin's Point, on James river,