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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 2 (search)
eputation. James H. Lane, Late Brigadier-General, C. S. A. General Early's Valley campaign. by General A. L. Long, Chief of artillery Second corps, Army Northern Virginia. [The following paper, now amended, originally appeared in this serial in March, 1877 (Vol. III, No. 3, pp. 112, 122 inclusive). Unintentionally, due creo protect an important railroad bridge over the south branch of the Shenandoah, and at the same time to cover Rockfish Gap, a pass connecting the Valley with Eastern Virginia. This pass was doubly important, as it gave passage both to the Charlottesville turnpike and Central railroad. As Sheridan was without artillery, and thenumber of these, however, were captured before they could make their escape. Sheridan, having now removed all opposition, passed through Rockfish Gap into Eastern Virginia, traversed the interior of the State, and formed a junction with Grant almost without interruption. On reaching Gordonsville Early collected a handful of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 3 (search)
on around thirteen hundred men; old Jeb Stuart rushed on, and terrible was the story to tell. Think of Robert E. Lee with one division playing against the whole Federal army, and you will know something of this great military feat. Lee was a great man, truly great, modest, unassuming, noble, brave; but I cannot pause to tell the story of his life; it would need greater eloquence than mine—that man without a peer. They call Kentucky the dark and bloody ground; but, my comrades, old Northern Virginia is dark and bloody ground. All her soil has been consecrated. That modest gentleman here (pointing to General Hunton) gave those fellows a trip across the Potomac near Leesburg. That night-hawk, Mosby, swept around, startling whole regiments with his little band of gallant followers. Near here fell John Q. Marr, among the first who bit the dust. Terrible, indeed, as this has been to us of the South, out of it has come good; as the war brought out and developed the manhood of her p
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 5 (search)
ory? and that the enemy, beaten on this side of the Chattahoochee would have been destroyed? Sherman's Army stronger. It was ceriain that Sherman's army was stronger compared with that of Tennessee, than Grant's compared with that of Northern Virginia. General Bragg asserts that Sherman's was absolutely stronger than Grant's. It is well known that the Army of Virginia was much superior to that of Tennessee. Why, then should I be condemned for the defensive, while General Lee was adding ed with fear. The gobbler then wheeled in retreat, only to make another charge on the paralyzed women, whose only recourse each time was to shake herself and shriek until somebody came and drove the gobbler away. Elder S picture. The State of Virginia employed Jack Elder to paint his portrait—a good one it is—and now hangs in the rotunda of our Capitol beside Lee's. I was asked to go and keep him in chat while the artist was at work. The first sitting was occupied by him in discussing N
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 9 (search)
a veteran officer of the Confederacy, General Jubal A. Early, whose past services had so signalized his ability that General Lee specially selected him to take charge of the Valley District, and notwithstanding the misfortunes that befell him later, clung to him to the end of the war. The Confederate army at this date was about twenty thousand strong, and consisted of Early's own corps, with General Rodes, Ramseur, and Gordon commanding its divisions; the infantry of Breckinridge, of Southwestern Virginia; three battalions of artillery, and the cavalry brigades of Vaughan, Johnson, McCausland, and Imboden. Early had marched and countermarched so often in the presence of and around Sheridan's army without bringing him to a test of strength, he began to think him no better than Hunter, and entertained more contempt for than fear of him. He separated his divisions at will, and scattered them from Winchester to Martinsburg—twenty-two miles—with no better motive than that of interrupt
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Southern Historical Society: its origin and history. (search)
Treasurer. The minutes are signed by F. R. Southmayd, Secretary pro tem. Dr. J. W. Caldwell was elected Secretary and Treasurer of the Society. At a meeting held October 9, 1871, General Jubal A. Early was elected Vice-President for the State of Virginia, vice General R. E. Lee, deceased. At a meeting held June 10, 1872, the Secretary and Treasurer reported the receipts of the Society as $708, and the expenditures as $426.75, including salary to himself for six months. Balance on hand, annexed paper, as modified, and to elect officers. 3. That this organization be retained on its present basis, and that the officers shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and Executive Committee, resident in the State of Virginia, and a Vice-President in each of the Southern States. 4. That each Vice-President shall be ex-officio president of the auxiliary State society, and is requested to organize the same and the affiliated local societies. 5. That the Secr
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 27 (search)
It is beyond dispute the most remarkable compilation of ancient or modern times—having no equal before or since the invention of the art of printing—and further ages will prize it as one of the chief memorials of the first century of American Independence. General G. T. Beauregard and other distinguished officers of both of the late contending armies of the North and South urge that it: should be the property of the Nation An inspection of the synopsis of the record of the State of Virginia, which was sent the editor by Mr. Townsend, impresses the former as to the great and peculiar value of this portion of the work in its comprehension of incidents and details only elsewhere to be found in the newspapers and ephemeral books in which they originally appeared. The subject heads comprise Virginia Before the War, The Peace Convention, State Conventions, The Constitutional Convention, The Federal Government in 1861, The Legislatures, Official State Documents, Richmond Press