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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The fall of Richmond. (search)
soldiers were at hand, and, after the arrest of a few ringleaders and the more riotous of their followers, a fair degree of order was restored. But Richmond saw few sleeping eyes during the pandemonium of that night. The division of Major-General G. W. C. Lee, of Ewell's corps, at that time rested in the trenches eight miles below Richmond, with its right on the James River, covering Chaffin's Bluff. I was at the time its assistant adjutant-general, and was in the city on some detached dutyf the archives, etc., but partly, no doubt, from desertions. When morning dawned fewer than 200 men remained, under command of Captain Edward Mayo. Shortly before day General Ewell rode in person to my headquarters and informed me that General G. W. C. Lee was then crossing the pontoon at Drewry's; that he would destroy it and press on to join the main army; that all the bridges over the river had been destroyed, except Mayo's, between Richmond and Manchester, and that the wagon bridge over
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The opposing forces in the Appomattox campaign. (search)
's division, During the retreat Kershaw's and G. W. C. Lee's divisions, with other troops from the defenses (Shoemaker's),----; Va. Battery (Thomson's), G. W. C. Lee's division, Maj.-Gen. G. W. Custis Lee. [ComposMaj.-Gen. G. W. Custis Lee. [Composed of Barton's and Crutchfield's brigades, with Tucker's naval battalion attached.] The following battalions of artillery, borne on Lee's return for January 31st, 1865, are not enumerated in the parole list of April 9tre not embraced in the foregoing list. The loss of Lee's army in killed and wounded is not known. The numbe231. In his official report of April 12th, 1865, General Lee says: On the morning of the 9th, according to the ( Personal memoirs, Vol. II., p. 500) remarks: When Lee finally surrendered. . . . there were only 28,356 offo the statement sometimes made, North and South, that Lee surrendered a smaller number of men than what the offe of surrender 19,132 Confederates, to say nothing of Lee's other losses, killed, wounded, and missing, during
of Virginia, I felt for the first time as a Northerner, indigenous to the soil, what it means to be a Southerner. I, who had bowed my head from childhood to the greatness of Grant, looked upon my friends bowing their heads before the mausoleum of Lee. I stood with them as they laid the April flowers on the graves of their dead, and I felt the heart-beat of the Confederacy. When I returned to my New England home it was to lay the laurel and the May flowers on the graves of my dead, and I felt editors take pleasure in recording their deep appreciation; also to Generals Sickles and Buckner, the oldest surviving generals in the Federal and Confederate armies, respectively, on this anniversary; to General Frederick Dent Grant and General G. W. Custis Lee, the sons of the great warriors who led the armies through the American Crisis; to the Honorable Robert Todd Lincoln, former Secretary of War; to James W. Cheney, Librarian in the War Department at Washington; to Dr. Edward S. Holden, Li
nd in the years immediately succeeding the war, I used to meet with some sharp criticism from army men and from others interested in army operations, as to the time that had been taken by the men of the North to overcome Lee — with his son, G. W. C. Lee, and Colonel Taylor No military leader in any country, not even excepting General Washington himself, ever became so universally beloved as Robert E. Lee throughout the South before the close of the war. Rising from the nominal position of yes, and marvelously moulded features of General Lee as he appeared immediately after that dramatic event. He has just arrived in Richmond from Appomattox, and is seated in the basement of his Franklin Street residence between his son, Major-General G. W. C. Lee, and his aide, Colonel Walter Taylor. their opponents and to establish their control over the territory in rebellion. Such phrases would be used as: You had twenty-two millions against nine millions. You must have been able to put t
tal. Three years later he was sent West to superintend work on the upper Mississippi. His plans were approved and well carried Lee in 1850 from the original daguerreotype—without the uniform painted on later Through the courtesy of General G. W. C. Lee—who furnished information of much value concerning several portraits in this chapter—there is reproduced above the actual appearance of his distinguished father in 1850. This portrait was copied, embellished with a uniform painted on by hg influence, to allay the feeling aroused by four years of the fiercest fighting in history. This photograph was taken by Brady in 1865, in the basement below the back porch of Lee's Franklin Street house in Richmond. On his right stands General G. W. C. Lee, on his left, Colonel Walter Taylor. This is one of five photographs taken by Brady at this time. A second and third are shown on pages 65 and 69, a fourth on page 83 of Volume I, and a fifth on page 23 of Volume III. erate victory was <
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 10: The Armies and the Leaders. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), General officers of the Confederate Army: a full roster compiled from the official records (search)
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ry, adequate only to the service it had performed, that of repelling an attempt by the fleet to pass up James River, was quite insufficient to prevent the enemy from landing below the fort, or to resist an attack by infantry. To guard against its sudden capture by such means, the garrison was increased by the addition of Bryan's regiment of Georgia Rifles. After the repulse of the enemy's gunboats at Drewry's Bluff, I wrote General Johnston a letter to be handed to him by my aide, Colonel G. W. C. Lee, an officer of the highest intelligence and reputation—referring to him for full information in regard to the affair at Drewry's Bluff, as well as to the positions and strength of our forces on the south side of the James River. After some speculations on the probable course of the enemy, and expressions of confidence, I informed the general that my aide would communicate freely to him and bring back to me any information with which he might be intrusted. Not receiving any definite
st resistance met was by a battalion of General G. W. C. Lee's force, consisting of about two hundre night the clerks and citizens, under General G. W. Custis Lee, had formed a thin line along part ofs army toward Spotsylvania Court House, and General Lee made a corresponding movement. At this timled to us, was to continue his movement against Lee's army, and if, as experience had taught him, h supplies, we can hold out against the whole of Lee's army. At this time Major General Robert Rag that he should be heavily reenforced from General Lee's army, so as to enable him to crush Butlerrom General Lee's army, that he should join General Lee, overwhelm Grant, and march to Washington. I knew that General Lee was then confronting an army vastly superior to his in numbers, fully equin given. I could not therefore expect that General Lee would consent to the proposition of Generalrwarded with the usual formal endorsement. General Lee's opinion on the case was shown by the inst[1 more...]
States and sent to that army. On May 3d General Lee held the south bank of the Rapidan River, wis immense and increasing army was thus posted, Lee, with a comparatively small force, to which fewposable, or crossing the Rapidan above or below Lee's position. The second would fulfill the condise that he had, unobserved, turned the flank of Lee's army, got between it and Richmond, and necessderness to the roads between Lee and Richmond. Lee resolved to fight him in those pathless woods, ly and follow him. The soldiers, seeing General Lee's manifest purpose to advance with them, anapital of the Confederacy. Four Years with General Lee. On the 18th another assault was made uout reference to circumstances or position. If Lee acted on this supposition, he was mistaken, as , or an aggregate with which he marched against Lee of 141,160. To meet this vast force, Lee had oLee had on the Rapidan less than 50,000 men. By the same authority it appears that Grant had a reserve upon [25 more...]
of New Market. Sigel seems to have been unconscious of any other obstruction to the capture of Staunton than the small cavalry force under Imboden. At this time Lee was engaged with the vastly superior force of Grant, which had crossed the Rapidan, and Sigel's was a movement to get upon our flank, and thus cooperate with Grant captured five pieces of artillery and over five hundred prisoners, exclusive of the wounded left on the field. Our loss was several hundred killed and wounded. General Lee, after receiving notice of this, ordered Breckinridge to transfer his command as rapidly as possible to Hanover Junction. The battle was fought on the 15th, anlled. Upon the receipt of this information Breckinridge with his command was sent back to the Valley. On June 13th Major General Early, with the Second Corps of Lee's army, numbering a little over eight thousand muskets and two battalions of artillery, commenced a march to strike Hunter's force in the rear and, if possible, de
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