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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Some war history never published. (search)
ry. I answered, Fifty thousand effective, seasoned soldiers, explaining that by seasoned soldiers I meant such men as we had here present for duty, and added that they would have to be drawn from the Peninsula, about Yorktown, Norfolk, from Western Virginia, Pensacola, or wherever might be most expedient. General Johnston and General Beauregard both said that a force of sixty thousand such men would be necessary, and that this force would require large additional transportation and munitionsand other like things were not done, was surely due to other causes than the policy of the administration, as will appear by the letters hereto annexed: Richmond, Va., August I, 1861. Gen. J. E. Johnston: * * * General Lee has gone to Western Virginia, and I hope may be able to strike a decisive blow in that quarter, or failing in that, will be able to organize and post our troops so as to check the enemy, after which he will return to this place. The movement of Banks will require you
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.32 (search)
and the little army was scattered to the four winds, but, after many privations, got together again, and presented another front on Laurel Hill, where they were again outflanked and put to flight. Prior to the Philippi disaster the whole of western Virginia was in a greatly excited condition, and the mental suffering was intense; but now the sufferings became real, and war, with all of its horrors, was spread over the country. All of Northwestern Virginia, as far south as Randolph county, haer General McClellan, into Northwest Virginia, led to the assembling of a mighty army under General Robert E. Lee in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties the summer of 1861, but General Lee and General Mc-Clellan never confronted each other in Western Virginia as commanders of opposing armies. General Lee did not reach Huntersville until the 3d day of August, 1861 (see Recollections and Letters of R. E. Lee, by Robert E. Lee, Jr., page 38, and did not reach his headquarters at Valley Mountain unt
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.33 (search)
the army posts kept up by the Federals in Western Virginia. Another thing: Many of these men had bederals had abandoned all the territory of Western Virginia that they had acquired by their forward malley, and General Jenkins passed through Western Virginia into the State of Ohio, and when winter c Fontaine also accompanied her husband to Western Virginia and spent the entire winter in the home othat time in Wheeling, that formed the State of West Virginia, adjourned sine die, and fled in disorS. Roberts was relieved of his command in Western Virginia, and General William Woods Averill was apf the Union, according to his idea, as to Western Virginia: Would the Old Dominion be restored to her ancient boundaries, or would Western Virginia be recognized as a separate State in the Union? Mr.ive an individual opinion, which was that Western Virginia would be continued to be recognized as a lic sentiment in favor of the separate State of West Virginia than all other agencies combined. John[1 more...]