ps surrendered at Appomattox C. H. and graphic account of the retreat from Petersburg, Va., see Vol.
XXXII, Southern Historical Society Papers.—Ed.]
Comrades of Lee Camp;
The subject upon which you have called upon me to submit my personal recollections is not the Battle of Chancellorsville, on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May, 1863, in which the Federal Army of the Potomac, under General Hooker, which numbered more than 130,000 men, was defeated by a part of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, numbering less than 60,000 men, for history has already recorded how that field was fought and won.
The hearing you have kindly afforded me as a member of the personal staff of General R. E. Lee at the time of that battle.
is on the subject of General R. E. Lee at Chancellorsville, and what you wish to know particularly is, I presume, whether or not he conceived and directed the movement around the right flank, and the attack on the rear of Hooker's army.
Both General Lee and G
th; immense Union armies, splendidly equipped and fully rationed, getting reinforcements daily, and preparing for aggressive war, occupied a large portion of Northern Virginia, and were slowly advancing southward, holding in covert the wasted, yet valiant Army of Northern Virginia.
Richmond at this time was uneasy; even the mostisoners of war—numbering eight to ten thousand.
So on Sunday evening, February 28th, Kilpatrick left his camp at Stevensburg, near Culpeper Courthouse, in Northern Virginia, having 3,582 men, Colonel Ulric Dalgren, with 460 picked and excellently mounted cavalrymen, leading the advance.
The presence of Dahlgren, with his regimeccessible to supplies, camped near Charlottesville.
Information reached General Stuart that General, Averill, with a large force, had started on a raid in Northwestern Virginia.
Stuart ordered Fitz Lee to break camp at once and proceed against him. Accordingly, on the 10th of December, 1863, we left Charlottesville and started i