the pines were two mounted figures whom we recognized as Lee
The former was seemingly giving some final instructions, emphasizing with the forefinger of his gantleted right hand in the palm of the left what he was saying—inaudible to us. The other, wearing a long rubber coat over his uniform (it had been raining a little, late in the night), was nodding vivaciously all the while.
After the Confederate
success at Chancellorsville
The question is often asked what would have happened had Jackson
been present on that memorable field— Jackson
, the man who was always up to time, if he brought but a fragment of his force with him, and whose ‘first musket on the ground was fired.’
As General Fitz Lee
significantly related the case, ‘Suppose Jackson
to have been four miles off the field at midnight of July 1st and been advised that General Lee
wished the key-point of the enemy's position attacked next day; would the time of that attack have approximated more nearly to 4 A. M. or 4 P. M.?’—for answer, see the verse already quoted.
For if the other corps commanders did not ‘like to go into battle with one boot off,’ ours would, at a pinch, go in barefoot—but he got there!
In the numerous discussions of the Gettysburg campaign
which have come into notice since the event, much space has been given to the comparison of the relative forces of the two armies contending on that field.
The disparity under the most liberal estimates inclines always in favor of the Federals
, yet it seems to the writer that not enough account has been taken of the most significant shortage on the Confederate
side of the balance.
Successful battles had been waged and won more than once against greater odds, in point of mere numbers—as at Sharpsburg
) and Chancellorsville
, for instance.
But at Gettysburg
, we were short just one
man—who had been dead just two months-and his name was ‘Stonewall