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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Anecdotes of General R. E. Lee. (search)
ptian T. C. Morton, of the Twenty-Sixth Virginia Battalion. The recent interesting ceremonies of the unveiling of the Lee statue at Lexington having called forth the recital of several incidents in the life of our grand old chieftain, which had not been before published, the writer recalls one or two which well illustrate the character of the man. It was in the year of 1861, before the Confederacy had learned to appreciate her great leader. General Floyd had fallen back from Sewell Mountain, West Va., before the advancing columns of Rosecrans. Floyd being the ranking Brigadier, ordered Wise to follow him from his camp on Sewell to Meadow Bluff, twelve miles eastward and to the rear. Wise swore he would not retreat another foot, that Little Sewell was the place to make a stand, and positively refusing to obey General Floyd's order, commenced to fortify his position on the top of Little Sewell Mountain. Floyd reported to General Lee, who was in command of that department, but