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“four years with General Lee” --a Review by General C. M. Wilcox.

[There will necessarily be honest differences of opinion among actors in our great struggle as to details of the campaigns and battles of the war; but when those differences are courteously expressed, we never hesitate to publish them, without comment of our own, leaving our readers to sift the evidence and form their own conclusions.]

A brief notice will be made of inaccuracies in the book, Four years with General Lee, recently published by Colonel Taylor, the Adjutant-General of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Page 50. Referring to reinforcements that joined General Johnston after he had reached the vicinity of Richmond, May, 1862, says: “He was reinforced by Huger's division, consisting of three brigades under Generals Mahone, Armistead and Wright.” One of Huger's brigades, preceding and including Seven Pines, was commanded by General Blanchard. This brigade may have been subsequently known as Wright's brigade.

Page 71. Enumerating the Confederate forces engaged at Sharpsburg, says: “The command of General Longstreet at that time embraced six brigades under D. R. Jones, the two under General Hood and one unattached under General Evans. His other three brigades were temporarily detached under General R. H. Anderson.” There were six brigades so detached under Anderson. His own (Anderson's) division of three brigades and the three brigades of Wilcox, Featherston and Pryor, that I commanded; these were assigned to General Anderson the afternoon he marched from near Frederick City for Harper's Ferry, and subsequently formed a portion of his division.

Page 75. Crouch's division, Fourth corps, Army of the Potomac, should be Couch's division.

Page 85. Detailing the operations embracing Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg and the Plank Road, &c.: “Meantime, Sedgwick had forced Early out of the heights at Fredericksburg,” &c., &c. While this is true, the impression made may be a little variant from the truth. The heights when captured by Sedgwick were held by Barksdale's brigade of McLaws' division; this, however, was at the time under General Early.

Page 98. Second day's battle at Gettysburg on the right, and late in the afternoon: “The two divisions of Longstreet's corps gallantly advanced, forced the enemy back a considerable distance ”

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