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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 12: Gettysburg. (search)
solved, however, and we discussed results. In consequence of the reluctance of the officer next in command to fire the opening gun, Lee was induced to send Colonel Venable, of his staff, to Ewell at sunrise to see whether, after viewing the position in his front by daylight, he could not attack from his flank, but the work of theft wing before it could disentangle itself from the rocks and woods of the Round Tops. It is fortunate three of General Lee's trusted staff officers-Taylor, Venable, and Long — have recorded that the plan of assault involved an attack by Longstreet's whole corps, supported by one half of Hill's, or all of it if he called for eld and watch the result of the movement. Long says the order for the assault by the whole corps was given verbally by General Lee in his presence and that of Major Venable and other officers of the army. Memoirs of Robert E. Lee, by Long, p. 294. Venaable states that he heard the orders given to support Pickett's attack by McL
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 13: campaign in Virginia.-Bristol Station.-mine Run.-Wilderness. (search)
id style the troops of Longstreet went into battle. As the Texans swept by with enthusiastic cheers Lee rode with them in the charge until those brave fellows insisted he should go back. A sergeant actually seized his horse, and just then Colonel Venable, of his staff, called his attention to Longstreet sitting on his horse on a little knoll not far away, and he rode off and joined him. The Texas soldiers were, like Scipio's veterans, ready to die for him if he would only spare himself. Gened from each other, and could only hold communication by crossing the river twice or by breaking through his army. It was his intention to assume the offensive here, and to strike Grant a stunning blow; but, unfortunately, he was taken ill. Colonel Venable, of his staff, writes that as he lay in his tent he would say in his impatience: We must strike them. We must never let them pass us again. He wanted to seize the advantage of his position. Warren, on the right of Grant's army and Hancock
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Index. (search)
8. Traveler, Lee's favorite horse, 211, 312, 406. Trevilian's, cavalry fight at, 344. Trimble, General, at Gettysburg, 287. Trist, Nicholas P., commissioner 46. Tucker's, Commodore, naval battalion, 381. Tunstall's Station, Va., 154. Turenne, Field-Marshal, 13, 423. Turner's Gap, Va., 205, 206. Twiggs, General David E., 38, 40. United States Ford, 245. Upton's brigade, 319. Valley of Virginia, 104, 107. Van Buren, Martin, 32. Van Dorn, General, 133. Venable, Colonel, 277. Vendome, Marshal, defeated, 288. Vera Cruz, siege of, 33, 35, 36, 37. Verdiersville, 330. Vidaun, General, 62. Vicksburg, surrender of, 305. Vincent, General, killed at Gettysburg, 302. Virginia Convention, 87. Virginia Military Institute, 414. Virginians and Georgians, 336. Volunteer officers, 24. Wadsworth, General, mentioned, 137, 277, 271. Walker, General R. L., 202, 290, 293. Wallace and Bruce, 423. Walton, Colonel, 227. Warren, General Gouver