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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 6: the campaign in West Virginia. (search)
sed at once, so that We conquer or die together, a most extravagant and unusual form of speech for him to adopt. You have spoken, said he to Wise, of want of consultation and concert. Let that pass till the enemy is driven back. I expect this of your magnanimity. Consult that and the interest of your cause, and all will go well. Just say, then, replied Wise, where we are to unite and conquer or die together, and I will delight to obey you. Rosecrans had advanced to the top of Big Sewell Mountain and had placed his army in a strong position. General Lee, with the troops of Wise, Floyd, and Loring --about eight thousand men — occupied a position on a parallel range. The two armies were now in close proximity to each other, both occupying strong defensive positions. Lee and Rosecrans, having been officers of the engineers, were fully aware of the great disadvantage an attacking army would have, and each waited, hoping the other would attack. After occupying these positions f