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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 16: Gettysburg (search)
on. The writer has his own opinions upon most or all of the disputed points; but, while resting upon grounds satisfactory to himself, these opinions are not based upon such a thorough study of the battle as would alone justify the effort to influence the views of others, if indeed such an effort could be regarded as properly within the scope of such a work as this. As usual with great battles, it was not the plan or purpose of either side to fight this one when and where it was fought. Meade, who had succeeded Hooker, had selected a position on Pipe Clay Creek, where he would have concentrated his army-but for the capture of President Dayis' message to General Lee, revealing the fact that he feared to uncover Richmond by detaching Beauregard to threaten Washington as Lee had advised-and Lee had ordered the concentration of his army at Cashtown; but there was this great difference between the circumstances of the two armies. The battle was brought on by the advance of the Federa
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 17: between Gettysburg and the Wilderness (search)
re in line of battle at Hagerstown, Md., waiting for Meade to attack, or for the Potomac to fall, so that we muring the war, I mentioned to him an estimate of General Meade which I had heard General Lee express, about the time of Meade's appointment to succeed Hooker in command of the Army of the Potomac. I do not now quite see hhave no doubt the story, as far as Lee's estimate of Meade is concerned, is essentially true. As the story gos congratulating Lee upon having a mediocre man like Meade as his opponent, suggesting that he would have an eaterrupted the speaker, saying with emphasis that General Meade was the most dangerous man who had as yet been ocessors had made, and that if he made any mistake in Meade's front he would be certain to take advantage of it.f the succeeding autumn upon Virginia soil, in which Meade showed himself to be able and cautious, wary and litnt general has put on record the statement that The disclaimer of General Meade was most candid and emphatic.
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 21: Cold Harbor of 1864. (search)
gain under the same circumstances? Is it not true that when first urged, as President, to remove a certain Democratic officeholder in California, and later, when urged to give a reason for his refusal, he replied that the man had been a standardbearer in the Army of the Potomac, and that he wouldallow something very unpleasant to happen to him-before he would remove the only man in his army who even attempted to obey his order to attack a second time at Cold Harbor? Is it not true that General Meade said the Confederacy came nearer to winning recognition at Cold Harbor than at any other period during the war? Is it not true that, after Grant's telegram, the Federal Cabinet resolved at least upon an armistice, and that Mr. Seward was selected to draft the necessary papers, and Mr. Swinton to prepare the public mind for the change? And finally, even if none of these things be true, exactly as propounded-yet is it not true, that Cold Harbor shocked and depressed the Federal Governmen
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Index. (search)
7, 332-34. Lee, Mary Custis (Mrs. Robert E.), 238-39, 357 Lee, Robert Edward: attitude of his men toward, 18-23, 72, 169-70, 189, 205, 226, 259-60, 266, 305-306, 325; and Chancellorsville Campaign, 164- 66, 168-69, 174-81, 238; comments on Meade, 227-28; compared with divine figures, 20-21; criticized, 22, 228; description of and anecdotes concerning, 99-101, 175-78, 225-28, 232-33, 259-60, 267, 357, 361; early war career of, 17-18; and Gettysburg, 22, 191-92, 197-99, 207-208, 214-15, 22tle of, 118-24, 191 Manly's Battery (N. C.), 154, 168, 301, 310 Marse Robert, 18-21. Marshall, Charles, 226 Mascots, 170-72. Massachusetts Infantry: 20th Regiment, 130 Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 79 Maury, Richard Launcelot, 79 Meade, George Gordon: Lee's comments on, 227-28; mentioned, 207, 222, 237, 288 Mechanicsville, Va., 93-94. Northern civilians, 200-206. Northerners in Confederate service, 37-44. Observation tower, 310 Orange County, Va., 120, 355-56.