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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State of Virginia, (search)
fled (July 20), and did not halt until they reached Lewisburg, the capital of Greenbrier county. The news of Garnett's disaster and Wise's incompetence so dispirited his troops that large numbers left him. He was reinforced and outranked by John B. Floyd (formerly United States Secretary of War), who took the chief command. McClellan regarded the war as over in western Virginia. We have completely annihilated the enemy in western Virginia, he said in an address to his troops. Our loss is ab1833 Littleton W. Tazewell1833 to 1836 Wyndham Robertson1836 to 1837 David Campbell1837 to 1840 Thomas W. Gilmer1840 to 1841 John Rutherford1841 to 1842 John M. Gregory1842 to 1843 James McDowell1843 to 1846 William Smith1846 to 1849 John B. Floyd1849 to 1851 John Johnson1851 to 1852 Joseph Johnson1852 to 1856 Henry A. Wise1856 to 1860 John Letcher1860 to 1864 William Smith1864 to 1865 Francis A. Pierpont1865 to 1867 Henry A. Wells1867 to 1869 Gilbert C. Walker1869 to 1874 Jam
est way to serve the cause and the country. The facts were not fully known-discontent prevailed, and criticism or condemnation were more likely to augment than to cure the evil. I refrained, well knowing that heavy censures would fall upon me, but convinced that it was better to endure then for the present, and defer to a more propitious time an investigation of the conduct of the Generals, for in the meantime their services were required and their influence useful — for these reasons, Generals Floyd and Pillow were assigned to duty, as I still felt confidence in their gallantry, their energy, and their devotion to the Confederacy. Thus I have recurred to the motives by which I have been governed, from a deep personal sense of the friendship and confidence you have always shown me, and from the conviction that they have not been withdrawn from me in adversity. The test of merit in my profession, with the people, is success. It is a hard rule, but I think it right. At the
t this good work may continue to flourish throughout the entire army. In the cause of the South the greatest and the humblest of her sons yielded up their lives freely to secure her freedom. Among those who died this year the name of Gen. John Buchanan Floyd stands prominent. Before the war he had filled various offices as a statesman. In 1849 he was chosen by the General Assembly of Virginia Governor of the State, and served for the legal term. In 1857, on the accession of James Buchanans only hope of salvation. Rev. E. E. Wexler, of the Holston Conference, M. E. Church, South, was called to see him in his last hours, and gives a description of the scene: I was summoned by telegraph, he says, to attend the bedside of Gen. Floyd, and reached him four days before his death. I found him calm and peaceful-his mind as clear and his judgment as sound as ever in his life. He took me by the hand, telling me he could not survive more than a few days. He spoke of his religio
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.11 (search)
1862; lieutenant-general, May 23, 1863; died at Spring Hill, Tenn., January 25, 1892. Commands—Brigade composed of Fifth, Sixth and Twelfth Alabama and Twelfth Mississippi Regiments, Infantry, Army of the Potomac; subsequently brigade composed of First, Seventh, Eleventh and Seventeenth Regiments, Virginia Infantry, A. N. Va., division composed of the brigades of Elzey and Taylor, A. N. V.; commanding Second Army Corps, A. N. V., May 10, 1863; commanding Department of Richmond. John Buchanan Floyd, brigadier-general, May 23, 1861; died August 26, 1863. Commands—Commanding forces in Kanawha Valley, August 12 to September 19, 1861; brigade composed of Twentieth Mississippi and the Thirty-sixth, Fiftieth and Fifty-first Regiments, Virginia Infantry; commanding division at Fort Donelson, Tenn., February, 1862. Samuel Garland, Jr., brigadier-general, May 23, 1862; killed at South Mountain, September 14, 1862. Commands—Brigade composed of Fifth, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Twentie<
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.37 (search)
Cavalry raids in the War of Secession. From the times-dispatch, January 17, 1909. Major-General John B. Floyd and the State Line— surrender of Fort Donelson. Captain R. F. Gross, of the South Wales Borderers, whose command was a part of the advance guard of .General Lord Roberts in the recent Boer War, has favored us with a copy of his notes on the Cavalry Raids in the War of Secession. Captain Gross spent several days in Richmond during October last, and in one of our war taCharlottesville, who was an officer in the State Line, and for a time an aid on the staff of General Floyd, in which he says: I hope during the coming spring to be able to send you a condensed history of the State Line, commanded by General John B. Floyd; in fact, I have several letters written to my parents giving quite a full account of all the history of this command. The services rendered by the State Line under Floyd seem to have been completely ignored in large measure in the curre
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