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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memorial address (search)
all leading and influential citizens, and the rank and file were among the first young men in the State in intelligence, wealth and social position. The service of six months proved a training-school for that splendid body of volunteers, that ultimately placed them at the head of companies, regiments, brigades and divisions. Among its originial officers were Major-General Hoke, Brigadier-Generals Lane and Lewis, Colonels Avery, Bridgers, Hardy, W. W. McDowell, J. C. S. McDowell, Starr, Pemberton, Fuller, and a score of others, while a number from the rank and file fell at the head of both companies and regiments at later stages of the struggle. In the outset of this discussion of the career of D. H. Hill as a Confederate soldier, I lay down and propose to maintain the proposition that from the time when he fought the first fight of the war with North Carolina soldiers on Virginia soil till the day he led the last attacking column of Confederates east of the Mississippi and chec
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.12 (search)
this he displayed good and bold generalship. General Pemberton was not prepared for this movement, and Grant f about 6,000 men collected there to reinforce General Pemberton, under General Johnston, destroyed the railrorurned and marched directly towards Vicksburg. General Pemberton only had the garrison of Vicksburg to operate Grant, after landing, really prevented a union of Pemberton's forces and the small reinforcements being colleecisive than those of the Confederate generals. Pemberton marched his army to Edwards Depot, with his total ion against a force operating on the Yazoo river. Pemberton was embarrassed by having no cavalry to observe annd join him from the Louisiana side. He came upon Pemberton unexpectedly near Baker's Creek, on May 16th, wher pressed elsewhere, with which he hoped to relieve Pemberton, but which he knew he could not do. His force and Pemberton's, could they have been united just before the surrender, would not have exceeded 40,000 men, but Gra