Bryan Grimes, and it fell to my lot to carry the last order on the field of battle immediately preceding the surrender. All the incidents of that historic occasion are still fresh in my memory, and as an eyewitness I unhesitatingly testify that the last volley at Appomattox Courthouse was fired by Cox's North Carolina brigade of Grimes's division. But, to put the matter beyond all doubt, and to cite the best evidence possible, I will ask your readers to consider what was said about this controverted question by the witness best qualified to know—General Bryan Grimes—who planned and commanded the last charge at Appomattox. I enclose, therefore, the following extract from Grimes's own report, or statement, published in 1879, and never questioned before his death. As stated by him, he was given by General Gordon the divisions of Walker and Evans in addition to his own division, which was composed of Phil Cook's Georgia brigade, Battle's Alabama brigade, Grimes's old brigade, and Cox's brigade. It is proper to state that General Grimes was not in the rear, but was with the line of battle and narrowly escaped being killed. All soldiers know how hard it is for an unmounted officer at one end of a long line of battle to know what is done at the other. Hence, it does not disparage Captain Kaigler's veracity or courage to assert that he, who was on the extreme left, could not know what was done on the right as well as mounted officers who were riding all along the line and had full opportunity of seeing all that was done. This statement of General Grimes's (who died in 1880) is so clear and explicit that it should be accepted as conclusive of the facts mentioned, and being of peculiar historic value, should be carefully read and remembered.
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Diary of Captain James M. Garnett , ordnance officer Rodes 's division , 2d corps , army of Northern Virginia .
How General A. P. Hill met his fate.
Comprehending the statements of sergeants George W. Tucker , C. S. Army , and John H. Mauk , U. S. Army , with some notice of their lives.
Mr. James P. Matthew 's Historical narrative.
Hanover county heroes. [from the Richmond, Va. , Dispatch, October 15 , 1899 .]
The Purcell battery from Richmond, Va. [from the Galveston , Texas, news , November , 1899 .]
Confederate dead of Florida .
Oration and tender of the monument.
An effort to rescue Jefferson Davis .
Address of Hon. T. S. Garnett
Address of Hon. T. S. Garnett
Tarheels' thin Gray line .
Ordnance report of Grimes 's division .
The Courageous part taken in the desperate conflict June 2 - 3 , 1863 ,
Colonel John Bowie Magruder .
Sick and wounded Confederate soldiers at Hagerstown and Williamsport .
The monument to Mosby 's men.
Who whilst prisoners of war were executed September 23 , 1864 , at Front Royal, Va. Ceremonies of the unveiling of, September 23 , 1899 ,
Communication from Colonel John S. Mosby .
The real Barbara Frietchie .
William Preston Johnston .
Raid on Catlett 's. [from the Richmond, Va. , Dispatch, April 16 , 1899 .]
In the Confederate service.
A noble life.
Address delivered at Tappahannock, Essex county, Va. , July 17 , 1899 , presenting to Essex Court a portrait of Judge William Brockenbrough .
The Peace conference [from the Richmond, Va. , Dispatch, February 25 , 1900 .]
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