gave to the Confederate Government the control of the military operations within her border, and the Secretary of War
, Mr. L. P. Walker
, had, by an order dated Montgomery, Ala.
, in May, 1861, placed under General Lee
's command all troops of the Confederate States
as soon as they arrived in Virginia
Previous to this, his command was limited to the Virginia
having united her fortune with her Southern sister States, the Confederate Congress in session at Montgomery
ten days afterward adjourned to meet in Richmond
, Va. A letter from General Lee
to his wife, who was still at Arlington
, April 30, 1861, tells her that he is “glad to hear all is well and as yet peaceful.
I fear the latter state will not continue long.
I think, therefore, you had better prepare all things for removal from Arlington
— that is, plate, pictures, etc., and be prepared at any moment.
Where to go is the difficulty.
When the war commences no place will be exempt; in my opinion, indeed, all the avenues into the State
will be the scene of military operations.
I wrote to Robert [his son] that I could not consent to take boys from their schools and young men from their colleges and put them in the ranks at the beginning of the war when they are not needed.
The war may last ten years. Where are our ranks to be filled from then?”
And again he writes: “I am very anxious about you. You have to move, and make arrangements to go to some point of safety which you must select.
The Mount Vernon
plate and pictures ought to be secured.
War is inevitable, and there is no telling when it will burst around you. Virginia
yesterday, I understand, joined the Confederate States
What policy they may adopt I can not conjecture.”
And Mrs. Lee
, from Arlington
, May 5, 1861 , sent the following note to General Scott