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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
He was also chuckling over the following note, which was left for him with a citizen by his old West Point comrade, Griffin: Dear beauty, --I have called to see you, and regret very much that you are not in. Can't you dine with me at Willard's to-morrow? Keep your black horse off me. Your old friend, Griffin. To this note Stuart made the following reply: Dear Griffin,--I heard that you had called, and hastened to see you, but as soon as you saw me coming, you were guilty of the discourtesy of turning your back on me. However, you probably hurried on to Washington to get the dinner ready. I hope to dine at Willard's, if not to-morrow, certainly before long. Yours to count on, beauty. Stuart was made a Brigadier-General for his gallantry and skill on the outposts, and wrote Colonel Hill, who was then comanding the brigade, a most complimentary letter concerning the conduct of the Thirteenth Virginia regiment. I recollect that a facetious private in
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Notes and Queries. (search)
assed between General Stuart and some of his old army comrades about the time of the outpost affair near Lewinsville, Virginia, in 1861. I happen to have the original document in my possession, and send you herewith a copy. Yours, very sincerely, H. B. Mcclellan. Lewinsville, September 11th, 1861. My Dear Beauty,--I am sorry that circumstances are such that I can't have the pleasure of seeing you, although so near you. Griffin says he would like to have you dine with him at Willard's at 5 o'clock on Saturday next. Keep your Black horse off me if you please. Yours, &c., (Signed,) Orlando M. Poe., Lt. U. S. Top'l Eng'r. J. E. B. Stuart, Esq., Commanding cavalry near Fall's Church. In care of whoever finds this. Please answer both the note and Griffin's invitation. Upon the back of this sheet is the following in Stuart's own hand-writing: I have the honor to report that circumstances were such that they could have seen me if they had stopped