that at every point the commanding general
was thwarted, not being permitted to assemble his own command for the great effort.
Also that his veteran brigades, Cooke
' and Corse
's, were kept inactive against his protest, and that his advice was continually unheeded.
The crowning difficulty was the weakness in cavalry for offensive operations.
The opposition which he encountered and the wants and difficulties which beset him are painfully manifest.
The agony which wrung his noble being is truly pathetic.
His patience, his ardent patriotism were sublime.
Few men have been so tried in the crucible of agonized spirit.
The facts as presented give a limning not to be attained in set phrase.
The gallant officer who made this compilation, Colonel William H. Palmer
, formerly Chief of Staff
of General A. P. Hill
, has richly merited our gratitude.—Editor.
Series I. Vol.
XXV, part Ii—correspondence.
Serial number 40.
|R. A. Lec, March 27th, 1863, page 687, to James A. Seddon, Secretary of War.|| His army not supplied with food.|
|R. E. Lee, March 29th, 1863, page 691, to Seddon|| Scouts on duty ordered away by Department without his knowledge.|
|R. E. Lee, April 1st, 1863, page 697, to General W. N. Pendleton.||Tells him to have his artillery horses ‘grazed and browsed’ in the absense of long forage.|
|R. F. Lee, April 16, 1863, page 725, to President Davis.||Unable to bring his army together for want of subsistence and forage.|
|R. E. Lee, April 17, 1863, page 730, to Seddon.|| Army failing in health, because of insufficient rations—1/4 lb. bacon, 18 oz. flour, 10 lbs. rice, to each 100 men every third day. Will break down when called upon for exertion.|