movements against him, and he was in that way drawn off from immediate connection with his right.
The skilful handling of these troops, commanded by General A. A. Humphreys
, was noted at the time, and has been particularly noted since by General Humphries
). At this late day the official relations of General Lee
and myself are brought into question.
He is credited with having used uncomely remarks concerning me, in the presence of a number of subordinate officers, just on the eve of battle.
It is hardly possible that any one acquainted with General Lee
's exalted character will accept such statements as true.
It is hardly possible that any general could have been so indiscreet as to have used such expressions under such circumstances.
There certainly never was, in the relations between General Lee
and myself, anything to admit the possibility of his having used the expression attributed.
Our relations were affectionate, intimate, and tender during the whole war. That his confidence in me was never shaken, there is the most abundant proof; but I cannot be tempted, even by direct misrepresentations, into a discussion of this subject.
I will advert to one point that will go to show the relations that existed between us. It is an incident of the second battle of Manassas
When the head of my column reached that field it was about twelve o'clock on the 29th.
As we approached the field we heard sounds of a heavy battle, which proved to be General Jackson
very severely engaged with the enemy.
As my column deployed on the field, the enemy at once withdrew, in good order, however, and took up a strong position a little in the rear of where the heaviest-fighting had been going on. During the lull that succeeded, General Lee
rode up to where I was and told me that he had determined to attack the position taken by the enemy, and indicated his purpose to have me open the fight.
men were then arranged for battle, but I asked General Lee
to withhold the order for attack until I had made a careful reconnoissance, and determined exactly how the troops had best be handled.
He consented, of course, to this, and I went forward to make the reconnoissance.
After a careful examination of the ground, I rode back to General Lee
, and reported that the position was very strong and the prospects hardly such as to warrant the heavy sacrifice of life that a serious attack would involve.
was not satisfied, however, but seemed disposed to insist upon an attack.
He began to suggest moves by which an advantageous assault might be made.
Before the question was at all decided, a dispatch was received from General Stuart
, giving us notice that a very strong column was moving up against