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Stonewall Jackson (search for this): chapter 20
shellings. A great move was evidently preparing by both parties, but few could guess its object. Banks and others at Harper's Ferry were in great force, and were beginning to move up the Shenandoah slowly and cautiously. General ( Stonewall ) Jackson had been detached from Manassas before Christmas, with about three thousand men, which, together with those already in the valley, might make a total of ten thousand, but certainly not more. He was ably seconded by Generals Ewell and Ashby, and, namely, westward, from Lovettsville and Harper's Ferry; northward, from Point of Rocks; eastward, from Edwards's Ferry; and our rear from Drainsville. It was thought by some that our movement would be directly westward into the Shenandoah, to Jackson, distant thirty miles; but a heavy force of the enemy was between that point and our present position, and were tightening the lines around us every day. An column had sought the Blue Ridge, and were passing south-westward, evidently intending t
Albert Sidney Johnston (search for this): chapter 20
at Snickersville a general retreat is ordered by Johnston he retires to Culpeper Court House, and makes hividently intending to flank and get in the rear of Johnston by passing through the mountain gap at Snickersville. This, of course Johnston wisely foresaw, and during winter had been quietly transporting his immense storhis troops during the heaviest part of the winter, Johnston had granted thirty days furlough to all of the twerise and capture of Centreville and Manassas, when Johnston suddenly gave orders for a general retreat, and al it fills me with impartial admiration for Lee and Johnston, together with many talented subordinates. Each a both McClellan and Burnside believed that Lee and Johnston were there before them. The whole army, however, cooped up, to be destroyed at leisure. Lee and Johnston saw that our position was untenable, but determine; Magruder the right; Longstreet the centre; while Johnston was chief over all. Many episodes and incidents wo
Robert E. Lee (search for this): chapter 20
ock, but few knew their object or destination. Lee, however, who was now commander-in-chief, closeive lines, let me say a few words regarding General Lee and the various fortifications on this penin to Richmond. When the war broke out, Robert E. Lee was a lieutenant-colonel of cavalry in the. For all that Scott and the War Office cared, Lee might have lived and died a lieutenant-colonel,ns. Virginia having seceded from the Union, Lee tendered his services to his native State. His A few weeks after the Yankee rout at Manassas, Lee was sent to Western Virginia, with only a few rmmunication beyond all their necessities. What Lee needed in men he made up by skilful manoeuvres,orce — was large and superabundantly supplied. Lee, however completely foiled him on every occasio As Charleston (South-Carolina) was threatened, Lee left the care of his troops to Floyd, and took cally cooped up, to be destroyed at leisure. Lee and Johnston saw that our position was untenabl[3 more...]
Abraham Lincoln (search for this): chapter 20
These are the kind of fellows I like to fight! It was not from a brutal feeling that our men rifled the dead, but sheer necessity; and although they stripped them of any thing needed, the bodies were invariably interred with decency, and not mutilated, as the Northern press delighted to asseverate on all occasions. Hardened as we were, men would joke under any circumstances — some would even smoke during action; and it was not uncommon to hear one remark, when burying the enemy: Well, Lincoln, old Scoft, and McClellan promised ‘em farms each in Virginia when all was over-old Virginny is large enough to accommodate 'em all with lots, seven by two! But this I wish to repeat — there was no brutality displayed on any occasion that came under my notice on any field on which I was present. It is true the prisoners were unmercifully joked occasionally, but I have always seen the wounded treated with the utmost care; and it became a usual expression in the hospitals, when all did not <
Longstreet (search for this): chapter 20
nter with the United States vessels, and the names of the Merrimac, Manassas, Arkansas,. Sumter, and Nashville can never be forgotten; and it is doubtful whether any navy in the world did so much with such indifferent resources, While Huger was preparing to evacuate Norfolk, most of our troops were retracing their steps up the peninsula towards Richmond, and not one brigade was unnecessarily detained at Yorktown. General D. H. Hill commanded Yorktown and the left wing; Magruder the right; Longstreet the centre; while Johnston was chief over all. Many episodes and incidents worthy of remembrance daily occurred between the advanced posts of both armies, which served to keep up a bitter feeling between us. McClellan made daily reconnoissances with his large balloon, which remained up occasionally many hours: his apparatus and balloon, however, were always two or three miles from the front. Nevertheless, our rifled guns frequently made rather close shots, and compelled the aeronauts to d
ty to the Yorktown Peninsula, thinking to surprise Magruder at Yorktown, and quietly seize Richmond before anyin strength to oppose them. For ten days, indeed, Magruder displayed his ten thousand men and few guns to sucatch the peninsula. This duty was assigned to General Magruder, who often ventured to the vicinity of Newporthe campaign of 1861 before Scott, by marching upon Magruder in the hope of overwhelming him. Having made his p a much inferior force in less than sixty minutes. Magruder remained master of the peninsula, and scoured the Yankee lines. Following the example of Butler, Magruder set the contrabands to work on his chain of fortifnd shallow; and as it was generally dry in summer, Magruder had made a series of dams, which held the waters aression was: These immense works are a monument of Magruder's skill and industry, but are of no avail, for thel D. H. Hill commanded Yorktown and the left wing; Magruder the right; Longstreet the centre; while Johnston w
George B. McClellan (search for this): chapter 20
l which had been promised a thousand times, McClellan's Grand Army was in uncomfortable winter quain, however, that public opinion would force McClellan into action long before the proper time; foroping to entice them into an engagement; but McClellan refused the challenge, and moved down the sts before, this accomplished soldier had read McClellan's plans so effectually, that when the enemy he Federals to attempt the line by assault. McClellan saw at a glance the work before him, and prerved to keep up a bitter feeling between us. McClellan made daily reconnoissances with his large bable, when the bombardment regularly opened. McClellan's position was certainly an unenviable one, od. But, alas! if such was the state of McClellan's forces, what was the condition of our own?All this, however, was not considered. When McClellan took command of the enemy in August, 1861, hing the enemy: Well, Lincoln, old Scoft, and McClellan promised ‘em farms each in Virginia when all[11 more...]
sed in science and engineering was there displayed in elaborated earthworks; and sheer madness alone could induce the Federals to attempt the line by assault. McClellan saw at a glance the work before him, and prepared to approach by parallels, and shell us out at discretion, while the majority of his troops were elsewhere employed. It was conjectured that his true plan would be to arrest our attention by vigorous bombardments and a display of force in. front, while he strongly reenforced McDowell at Fredericksburgh, in order to move on Richmond from the north; fleets of gunboats and transports at the same time passing the extremities of our wings on York and James rivers, to throw strong forces on our flanks and rear. This was all seen by every intelligent soldier in the army, and the general expression was: These immense works are a monument of Magruder's skill and industry, but are of no avail, for the enemy can ascend the rivers on either hand, and then we are emphatically coope
ourt-House by the Minister of War. He was the only man capable of filling the seat of Minister of War, and, upon going to Richmond, was installed in that office, and fulfilled its Herculean duties with great talent and despatch. The line of the Rapidan and Rappahannock rivers was selected by him as our point of defence; while Beauregard preferred Manassas and Bull Run-much inferior situations, although accidental victory crowned our efforts and immortalized the latter place. The defeat of Pegram in Western Virginia by McClellan and Rosecrans, at Rich Mountain, occurred before Manassas, as I have mentioned in another place. A few weeks after the Yankee rout at Manassas, Lee was sent to Western Virginia, with only a few raw recruits, under Wise and Floyd, to contend against the numerous and well-provided thousands who flocked to the Federal standard from Ohio and other adjacent States, having canal and railroad communication beyond all their necessities. What Lee needed in men he
im as our point of defence; while Beauregard preferred Manassas and Bull Run-much inferior situations, although accidental victory crowned our efforts and immortalized the latter place. The defeat of Pegram in Western Virginia by McClellan and Rosecrans, at Rich Mountain, occurred before Manassas, as I have mentioned in another place. A few weeks after the Yankee rout at Manassas, Lee was sent to Western Virginia, with only a few raw recruits, under Wise and Floyd, to contend against the nwell fortifying different mountain passes and important hills. It was said, be cause he did not fight, that he was afraid, that he was one of the old school, etc. The truth is, he did not dare to fight, exception very advantageous terms, which Rosecrans was too much of an officer to grant. There was no excuse for the latter not offering or seeking battle, for his force — was large and superabundantly supplied. Lee, however completely foiled him on every occasion; and thus' the time passed, u
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