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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Glowing tribute to General R. E. Lee. (search)
looked through his glasses, and then said slowly: You are right; but what are they doing there? It was an unexpected appearance, and indicated a closer pursuit than he had anticipated, and soon he rode away to the High Bridge, only to learn that his son had been captured, Custis Lee's Division annihilated and Ewell's troops eliminated from further action. Lee at Appomattox. I saw him last at Appomattox, but not after the surrender. It was just before he moved out against Sheridan and Ord's troops and his manner was in no wise different from what it had always been. You, who witnessed his majestic bearing when all was over, can tell your children and all the generations to come, that Human fortitude has equalled human calamity. A few weeks after Appomattox, I was seated in his parlor on Franklin street, Richmond, talking with his daughter, when the General entered the room. Never can I forget his gentle manner as he extended his hand, and put me at my ease with a few co
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.31 (search)
egg, situated on a hill at an isolatated spot a little in the rear of the Confederate trenches, near Lee's dam (placed by our generals to flood the enemy in the front), about three miles to the right of Petersburg, was captured by a portion of General Ord's Corps. The original garrison of the fort numbered about seventy-five or eighty men, who had been detached from the artillery of General A. P. Hill's Third Army Corps some time after the battle of the Crater, July 30, 1864. On October 13, fe that we were being given no quarter, and they began shelling poor and gallant Fort Gregg. After an hour's hard fighting the garrison of 160 Mississippians and 80 artillerists serving as infantry and two guns, assailed by one or two divisions of Ord's corps, inflicted a loss of about 1000 in killed and wounded. The loss in the fort was about 50 or 60 men. After being removed from the fort we were taken near Grant's observatory, where each man's name and command was taken by a federal offi