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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 32: failure to follow success. (search)
left to him by General Polk. About this time General Lee wrote me, alluding to the presence of the President, the questions under consideration, my proposition for him to leave the army in Virginia in other hands and come West to grander, more important fields, to his purpose in sending me West to be assigned to command them, and expressing anticipation of my return to Virginia. Camp Rappahannock, October 26, 1863. My Dear General,-- I have received your three letters, September 26, October 6, and October 11. The first was received just as I was about to make a move upon General Meade, to prevent his detaching reinforcements to Rosecrans. The second when I had gone as far as I thought I could advantageously go; and the third since my return to this place. I have read them all with interest and pleasure, but have not had time to reply till now. I rejoice at your great victory deeply. It seemed to me to have been complete. I wish it could have been followed up by the