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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
April, 1863. April, 1 Adjutant Wilson received a letter to-day, written in a hand that bespoke the writer to be feminine. He looked at the name, but could not recollect having heard it before. The writer assured him, however, that she was an old friend, and said many tender and complimentary things of him. He tried to think; called the roll of his lady friends, but the advantage, as people say, which the writer had of him was entirely too great. If he had ever heard the name, he foun
xiously over the matter until my orderly returned, with the envelope marked W. S. R., the army mode of acknowledging receipt of letter or order.
Fifteen minutes later this reply came:
Headquarters Department of the Cumberland, Murfreesboro, April, 1863.
my dear General-I have just received the inclosed note, marked Private, but addressed to me as commanding the Department of the Cumberland.
It compromises you in so many ways that I return it to you. I am your friend, and regretted that t
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Recollections of
April, 1863. 1st, 1863. Anchored at 8.30 P. M., three miles from the mouth of the Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo del Norte, which is, I believe, its more correct name, in the midst of about seventy merchant vessels. 2d April, 1863. The Texan and I left the Immortalite, in her cutter, at 10 A. M., and crossed the bar in fine style. The cutter was steered by Mr. Johnston, the master, and having a fair wind, we passed in like a flash of lightning, and landed at the miserable village of Bagdad, on the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande. The bar was luckily in capital order-3 1/2 feet of water, and smooth. It is often impassable for ten or twelve days together: the depth of water varying from 2 to 5 feet. It is very dangerous, from the heavy surf and under-current; sharks also abound. Boats are frequently capsized in crossing it, and the Orlando lost a man on it about a month ago. Seventy vessels are constantly at anchor outside the bar; their cotton cargoes being brought to
XXV. April, 1863 Symptoms of bread riots. Lee forming depots of provisions near the Rappahannock. Beauregard ready to defend Charleston. he has rebuffed the enemy severely. French and British advancing money on cotton. the Yankees can beat us in bargaining. Gen. Lee anxious for new supplies. the President appeals to the people to raise food for man and beast. Federal and Confederate troops serenading each other on the Rappahannock. cobbler's wages $3000 per annum. wrangling in the Indian country. only 700 conscripts per month from Virginia. Longstreet at Suffolk. the President's well eye said to be failing. a reconnoissance! we are planting much grain. picking up pins. beautiful season. Gen. Johnston in Tennessee. Longstreet's successes in that State. Lee complains that his army is not fed. we fear for Vicksburg now. enemy giving up plunder in Mississippi. Beauregard is busy at Charleston. Gen. Marshall, of Kentucky, fails to get stock and hogs.
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter
: between 12 Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville (search)
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter
: 37 Chancellorsville. (search)
Chapter 37: Chancellorsville. In the latter part of April, 1863, General Hooker crossed the Rappahannock, above Lee's position at Fredericksburg, with the intention of flanking and forcing him toward Richmond. His army numbered, by his own report, 132,000 men, and upon reaching Chancellorsville he proceeded to throw up intrenchments. Lee's army, in the absence of Longstreet's corps, numbered 57,000 of all arms. General Jackson had not entirely recovered from an attack of diphtheria and was too weak to have been in the field, but he felt the importance of being present at the impending engagement. The Federals under General Hooker made a stand near Chancellorsville, and the west wing of Hooker's rested at Melzi Chancellor's farm, about two miles from Chancellorsville. General Jackson formed his corps into three columns for attack and, as he wrote in his last despatch to General Lee, trusted That an ever-kind Providence will bless us with success. The Confederates r
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Causes of the defeat of
at the 's Army Gen. Lee battle of Gettysburg-opinions of leading Confederate soldiers. (search)
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), chapter 66 (search)
Doc. 64.-the siege of Suffolk, Va. April and May, 1863. the siege of Suffolk was raised on the third of May, 1863, almost simultaneously with the mortifying disaster at Chancellorsville. The latter event in its absorbing influence upon the public mind drew away all thought from the minor operations about Suffolk, and in the absence of any apparent important results, the stubborn and successful defence of that town has never received a tithe of the public recognition its merit warranted. Close examination of the facts, however, will reveal that in two points of view it presents one of the most interesting chapters of the war. 1st. In its bearing upon the general progress of our arms, and secondly, as presenting to the military student an example of the defence of a fortified place against an enormous investing force, in which the entire success of the garrison was unblemished by a single reverse. Its fortifications were hastily constructed by the troops with incre
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The successes and failures of
The successes and failures of Chancellorsville. by Alfred Pleasonton, Brevet Major-General, U. S. A. Union cavalry-man's hat. In the latter part of April, 1863, General Hooker decided to undertake an offensive campaign with the Army of the Potomac against the Army of Northern Virginia, under General Lee. At this time the two armies faced each other: Lee's, numbering about 60,000 men, being at Fredericksburg, and the Army of the Potomac, numbering about 130,000 men, at Falmouth, on the north side of the Rappahannock River opposite Fredericksburg. Hooker directed three corps of the army, the First, the Third, and the Sixth, comprising 59,000 men, under the command of General Sedgwick, to cross the Rappahannock River below Fredericksburg and hold Lee's army in that position, while he himself moved secretly and with celerity three corps, the Fifth, the Eleventh, and the Twelfth, numbering 42,000 men, up the river, crossing it and concentrating them at Chancellorsville, ten