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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
hree years old, second lieutenant of Magruder's light battery of artillery. Young in years and rank, he gave early evidence of those qualities of a soldier for which he became distinguished under the name of Stonewall Jackson. Magruder, his captain, commended him highly in his report, writing that if devotion, industry, talent, and gallantry are the highest qualities of a soldier, then Lieutenant Jackson is entitled to the distinction which their possession confers. In the army also was Longstreet, lieutenant of infantry, twenty-six years old, brevetted twice and wounded at Chapultepec; and Magruder, known among his comrades as Prince John, from courtly manners, distinguished appearance, and fine conversational powers, who commanded a light battery in Pillow's division, was twice brevetted and wounded at Chapultepec. John Sedgwick was with the army, first lieutenant of artillery, a classmate of Bragg and Early and Hooker, twice brevetted; and so was Richard S. Ewell, a typical drag
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 5: invasion of Virginia. (search)
noeuvring hostile armies. The capture of Washington should have been the legitimate military result of the Southern victory at Manassas. A great part of Beauregard's army had not fired a gun on the 21st; the brigades of Ewell, D. R. Jones, Longstreet, Bonham, and Holmes had been quietly resting all day, if we except a small skirmish by Jones. Ewell moved to the battlefield in the afternoon, but was not engaged. If these fresh troops had been led direct on Centreville by the roads crossinghed in the morning, and which was the only road they knew. The six thousand Federal reserve at Centreville, under Miles, certainly, in view of the demoralization of the rest of the army, could not have made a successful resistance. Bonham and Longstreet crossed Bull Run in pursuit, but were stopped by three regiments of General Blenker's brigade. Three hours and a half of daylight still remained. The Confederates had nineteen companies of cavalry, McDowell seventeen. In neither army at t
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 7: Atlantic coast defenses.-assigned to duty in Richmond as commander in chief under the direction of the Southern President. (search)
d placed under such commanding officers as Van Dorn, G. W. Smith, Longstreet, T. J. Jackson, and Holmes. The northern frontier of Virginia wasent. Johnston suggested that he invite Generals G. W. Smith and Longstreet also, and the conference was duly held. The Secretary of War obj General G. W. Smith agreed with General Johnston's views, while Longstreet took but little part, which Johnston attributed to his deafness. ed of four divisions under G. W. Smith, Magruder, D. H. Hill, and Longstreet. Jackson was in the Shenandoah Valley, while Ewell, who had beenwas fought by D. H. Hill with four of his brigades and one of General Longstreet's. The other five of Longstreet's and the whole of Huger's diLongstreet's and the whole of Huger's division, which General Longstreet was expected to employ, were not put into the fight, while the troops charged with the duty of attacking the General Longstreet was expected to employ, were not put into the fight, while the troops charged with the duty of attacking the Federal right were advanced too late to be of service. Napier has well said that he who wars walks in a mist through which the keenest eye ca
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 8: commands the army defending Richmond, and seven days battles. (search)
e, Huger's and Magruder's next, supported by Longstreet's and D. H. Hill's. Lee at once considered t attack McClellan's right and rear, namely, Longstreet, D. H. Hill, and A. P. Hill. These officersnd the passage across the bridge opened, General Longstreet, with his division and that of General Dll moving to the support of Jackson, and General Longstreet supporting General A. P. Hill. The fourng supported by D. H. Hill and the latter by Longstreet. This movement rapidly and successfully exeon's march and the obstacles he encountered, Longstreet was directed to make a feint on the enemy's them. It seems absolutely certain that had Longstreet followed Stuart's march, Jackson LongstreetJackson Longstreet's, and the remainder of the army followed them, on July 2d, these heights could have been occupied to hold at bay as long as possible Jackson, Longstreet, and the two Hills, boldly set in motion hisPope's front, and accordingly ordered Major-General Longstreet, with ten brigades, commanded by Kemp[9 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 9: Second battle of Manassas. (search)
ousand troops under the immediate command of Longstreet, while he rapidly transferred Jackson by a c his capital-one to throw his whole force on Longstreet and, if possible, destroy him, and then movedivision to the gap to retard the advance of Longstreet, moved it direct to Manassas and not down thne beyond the Warrenton turnpike waiting for Longstreet. He had evidently determined to attack any ay to join McDowell. At 9 A. M. the head of Longstreet's column reached Gainesville on the Warrento was fought in the midst of a thunderstorm. Longstreet's troops came on the field toward its conclu Frederick, directing the only two divisions Longstreet had left under Hood and Jones to move to Hagad anticipated, he determined to return with Longstreet's command to the Blue Ridge, to strengthen Dn. The combat later in the afternoon between Longstreet and Hill on the one side, and Burnside with onsultation that night between Generals Lee, Longstreet, and Hill, it was decided to withdraw the tr[17 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 10: Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. (search)
aled to the God of War. The troops under Longstreet and D. H. Hill were leisurely marched the fol Walker with his two brigades was placed on Longstreet's right. The cavalry were located on eitherand in about an hour and a half he retired. Longstreet states that the only troops there were Cook'annock opposite Fredericksburg. On the 19th Longstreet was ordered to Fredericksburg with the remaiy had gone to the Rappahannock that he moved Longstreet, and not for nine days afterward did he dire companies of infantry. Four days afterward Longstreet arrived, and his attempt to cross then wouldemanded by Sumner just before the arrival of Longstreet. If not granted, the women, children, aged Before the expiration of the time arranged, Longstreet arrived and told the authorities he would nowept by artillery. General E. P. Alexander, Longstreet's accomplished artilleryman, remarked before those who can wait. He was obliged to send Longstreet with two of his four divisions to the sectio[4 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 11: Chancellorsville. (search)
Peck, at Suffolk, hoping to be relieved from Longstreet's presence, wired urging it, to which Hookersions to the corps-commanded respectively by Longstreet, Ewell, and A. P. Hill. Ewell had been nextere replacing the 6-and 12-pound howitzers. Longstreet's two absent divisions had returned under th On June 12th, when Ewell was at Winchester, Longstreet was at Culpeper and Hill at Fredericksburg, Ewell's departure from Culpeper Court House Longstreet left. His route was east of the Blue Ridge and that he could move across the Potomac if Longstreet thought he could do so without disclosing Lerear of Hooker, and then cross the Potomac. Longstreet wrote Stuart that if he crossed by our rear he route in rear of the enemy as directed by Longstreet. He crossed the Potomac at Seneca, thirteenont of Lee's army at Gettysburg, but Lee and Longstreet must be held responsible for his route. Leerps was directed to move toward Cashtown and Longstreet to follow next day, leaving Pickett's divisi[7 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 12: Gettysburg. (search)
n, Ewell and Hill in front of the enemy, and Longstreet in camp only four miles in the rear. Meade nally yielded to the opinion expressed, that Longstreet should commence the battle by a forward moveenough to be effective. We hear from General Longstreet that on the evening of the 1st he was trfederates because some one had blundered. Longstreet's two divisions made a superb record, if latattack because the opportunity offered ; but Longstreet had not enveloped the enemy's left, and the gades from Rodes and one from Early. General Longstreet's dispositions were not completed as earere not. Nothing could be gained by charging Longstreet's infantry in the position they held, and la quick. Pickett had taken his first note to Longstreet and asked him if the time for his advance had come, and Longstreet bowed his assent; he could not speak, because he says he was convinced that Peral Bragg in the West with two divisions of Longstreet's corps, to enable him to defeat the Federal[51 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 13: campaign in Virginia.-Bristol Station.-mine Run.-Wilderness. (search)
by the most direct course for Grant's army. Longstreet, who was near Gordonsville then with two divup), and Hancock faced Ewell and Hill, while Longstreet was rapidly marching to Hill's position. efore his orders required him to attack; but Longstreet was not yet up, nor was Anderson's division t wing was threatened with disaster; neither Longstreet's corps nor Anderson's division of Hill's haG. W. Custis Lee. that he sent an officer to Longstreet to stay with him and show him the roads, anmove him when Grant crossed the Rapidan, but Longstreet discharged him, and, by taking the wrong roaurt house thirteen from Verdiersville, where Longstreet bivouacked the night of the 5th. By the rouin the midst of a deserved success, and when Longstreet had given orders for the advance of his wholnable, of his staff, called his attention to Longstreet sitting on his horse on a little knoll not fs, and promptly ordered Anderson, commanding Longstreet's corps, to move around General Hancock's le[5 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 14: siege of Petersburg. (search)
ad been re-enforced by Kershaw's and Field's division of Longstreet's corps, making his total twenty thousand. At half-p infantry, both under General Anderson, the commander of Longstreet's corps. This officer was selected to produce the impreto induce Grant to send troops to Sheridan equivalent to Longstreet's whole corps. In that case Lee would again re-enforce ent, and under the impression the remaining divisions of Longstreet's corps had followed Kershaw. It involved the capture ot Harrison with five brigades under Anderson, commanding Longstreet's corps; but during the night before, large working partn both Lee's flanks followed without practical results. Longstreet returned to duty on the 19th of October, and was assignehe attack with his corps (formerly Ewell's) and parts of Longstreet's and Hill's and a detachment of cavalry. His object wate his army and get it out and away from the old lines. Longstreet reached Lee from the north side of the James about 10 A.
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