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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 261 3 Browse Search
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Adam Badeau, Military history of Ulysses S. Grant from April 1861 to April 1865. Volume 2 206 2 Browse Search
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Edward Alfred Pollard, The lost cause; a new Southern history of the War of the Confederates ... Drawn from official sources and approved by the most distinguished Confederate leaders. 199 1 Browse Search
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Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume II. 102 0 Browse Search
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h commanders battle of Winchester blunder of Early Sheridan's plan Sheridan's attack original dan battle of Fisher's Hill Second defeat of Early further retreat of rebels effect of success ing in the Valley; in fact he had retired, and Early had followed him; so that on the Potomac also,against the enemy. This was immediately after Early's movement against Washington, and the veterann to the enemy. Nevertheless, the invasion of Early had failed, for the very reason which Grant hahe was aiming because of such a distraction as Early's campaign, than he had of re-crossing the Raper, become essential to defeat the movement of Early. Disaster in the Valley would lay open to thee neighborhood of Culpeper, to co-operate with Early. Anderson's orders were to cross the Potomac east of the Blue Ridge, while Early entered Maryland higher up the stream, and the two commanders, shington. This statement of Lee's orders to Early and Anderson is taken from McCabe, who gives i[4 more...]
rman I will give them another shake here before the end of the week; and the next day he sent word to Sheridan: No troops have passed through Richmond to reinforce Early. . . I shall make a break here on the 29th. Like all his undertakings, however, this one was designed to be more than co-operative. Grant's idea of a demonstrati reached the head of the Valley and could no longer communicate with Washington. To this Grant replied: I am taking steps to prevent Lee sending reinforcements to Early, by attacking him here. At four o'clock, he telegraphed again: I did not expect to carry Richmond, but was in hopes of causing the enemy so to weaken the garrison of Petersburg as to be able to carry that place. The great object, however, is to prevent the enemy sending reinforcements to Early: and still later: Operations to-day prevented getting Richmond papers, Information in regard to national movements was frequently obtained from the rebel newspapers, and was especially valuable wh
military achievements and character faults of Early end of Early's career Grant's policy of destEarly's career Grant's policy of destroying resources of the Valley justified by necessity, by results, and by course pursued by rebelst being surprised by the reinforcement. Thus, Early's manoeuvres furnished a reason for levelling rebels said, for General Sheridan, care of General Early. The unlucky commander reported his newr Creek, in command of the army. A message to Early had been intercepted; it was in these words: B a victorious enemy. But whatever his faults, Early was morally as well as physically brave. He hthreatened disaster; but a turning movement of Early was checked by a counter-charge, led by Sheridken in the morning, and the provost guard; and Early declared that it was the appearance of these py. To account for this singular circumstance, Early is obliged to declare: A number of prisoners frs with confidence Thus the military career of Early ended in a disgrace inflicted, not by his enem[33 more...]
e took with him a single aide-de-camp, and a telegraph operator, that he might retain communication with the armies. On the 19th, a rumor came from Richmond that Early had been recalled from the Valley by Lee, and Grant sent word at once to City Point: Should such a thing occur, telegraph me, and I will get back as fast as steam can carry me. If it is true that Early is going back, it behooves General Meade to be well on his guard, and Butler to reinforce him at the shortest notice. At the same time he directed Sheridan: If you are satisfied this is so, send the Sixth corps to City Point without delay. If your cavalry can cut the Virginia Central road, nmore ordinary peril of Thomas, in Tennessee. Grant, however, allayed their fears: he showed them how Thomas being set to hold Hood, and Sheridan retained to watch Early, while Meade and Butler held fast to Lee, left no large force to oppose the advance of Sherman; and that Sherman in his turn moved in such a way as to cut off Lee'
East, the other from the West; for unless the rebels meant to yield everything, they must defend Augusta and Savannah. But there was no organization, and little to organize. Breckenridge was reported to have been ordered from West Virginia, and Early from the Valley; but these rumors were soon ascertained to be false; Wilmington, however, was certainly stripped of its garrison, and the governors of five states were called upon for the reserves. Information also came from various sources thatg strategy of Grant, his remorseless energy, his ceaseless attacks, dispirited and unmanned the bravest of his foes. The rank and file of Hood's command had heard that Sherman was penetrating Georgia, while Lee was held at Richmond; they knew of Early's disasters, and felt that even their own success could only delay the inevitable end. When troops are imbued with feelings like these, a slight reverse is easily converted into irremediable ruin. The condition of the rebel army, however, detr
t White House Sheridan's raid last defeat of Early skilful strategy of Sheridan enormous loss ierved all tell the same sad story. Hardee and Early and Bragg and Hood were unanimous. The injuricalamities, and the panics among the troops of Early and Hood were the indication not of pusillanimassembling the handful of infantry still under Early, the one brigade in South-West Virginia, the tegraphed to Stanton: Last Tuesday Sheridan met Early between Staunton and Charlottesville, and defeetermine whether to move on Lynchburg, leaving Early in his rear, or to go out and fight him, openiad crossed the south fork of the Shenandoah in Early's rear, where they formed with drawn sabres, ae 2nd of March, and before the month was over, Early was relieved from all command, by express direan replaced his mules with those captured from Early's train; and two thousand negroes who attachedanic-stricken, was flying from the field, when Early, a Virginian, riding up, exclaimed: God damn y
xtracted from these returns. Omitting any mention of the sick, the extra-duty men, or those in arrest, Colonel Taylor asserts that on the 28th (he should say 20th) of February, 1865, the date of Lee's last return, the rebel general had exactly 39,879 muskets available. But, in order to make this showing, he excludes from his computation not only the sick, the extra-duty men, and those in arrest, 13,728 in number, but all officers, all artillery, all cavalry, all detached commands, all of Early's force in the Valley, which joined Lee for his last campaign, and all the troops, regular and local, in Richmond. He calculates that, in the attack on Fort Steadman on the 25th of March, Lee lost from 2,500 to 3,000 men, and that during the month of March about 3,000 rebels deserted. Thus, on the 31st of March, says Taylor, Lee had only 33,000 muskets with which to defend his lines. This number he contrasts with an effective total, which he ascribes to Grant, of 162,239. But this total o
tion, himself threatening rebel lines and attacking rebel rears. About this time occurred the presumptuous movement of Early, who, however, was speedily repelled from Washington; and then the great fighter sent to the Valley dealt him blow after blow. These two northward advances of Hood and Early gave an appearance of boldness to the rebel strategy, and were calculated to impose on unwary or impatient opponents. Hood and Early both conceived audacious plans, but failed utterly in their aEarly both conceived audacious plans, but failed utterly in their accomplishment. They were typical of the whole genius and character of the rebel policy; bold at the outset, dazzling in immediate effect, formidable at first to an adversary; but, when opposed by soldiers like Sherman and Sheridan and Grant, their tinent and then marched northward, driving Johnston; Thomas destroyed or scattered Hood; Sheridan had beaten and battered Early's army, literally, into pieces. Only the command in front of Richmond was left. This had been so securely held by Gran
Appendix to Chapter XXVII. General Early to General Lee. Port Republic, September 25, 18eing three or four to one. Respectfully, J. A. Early, Lieutenant-General. General Lee to GenGeneral Early.—(confidential.) Headquarters, Petersburg, September 27, 1864. General: Your letter very truly yours, R. E. Lee, General. General J. A. Early, commanding Valley. (Official Copy) C. Marshall, Aide-de-camp. General Early to General Lee. New market, October 9, 1864. General:six thousand muskets. Very respectfully, J. A. Early, Lieutenant-General. General R. E. Lee, commanding Army of Northern Virginia. General Early to General Lee. Headquarters, Valley District dge before moving further. Respectfully, J. A. Early, Lieutenant-General. Official. Sam. W. MelColonel and Assistant Adjutant-General. General Early to General Lee. New market, October 20, 1re and organize my troops. Respectfully, J. A. Early. Official. John Blair Hoge, Major and Acti
Staff121621221220202018 Mahone's Div2314613232623,88053651305877343865,1525,5382944,8751581,98912,8545,489 Heth's Div132113714262944,32434508831310313875,1765,5622093,5402032,33811,8525,543 Wileox's Div4321253143095,88334544540615393976,8726,7691792,591921,78011,4116,822 Total11910445203123110986514,087121170343130632104118916,70017,88968211,0064536,10736,13717,872 Lt.-Gen. R. H. Anderson, Johnson's Division125118715364316,505172642149015595287,3187,8462103,343521,19112,642 Lt.-General J. A. Early commanding. Staff111422111111616222018 Wharton's Div13143112681,11217012264239991,4851,5841943,3061041,5476,7351,528 Long's Artillery114113120368111432334244572584731001,432743 Lomax Cav. Div223451211541,38364571561091971,5931,7901923,6311001,4377,1501,988 Total147516115711232432,86371262046312503453,5023,8474137,7842093,08415,3374,277 Maj.-Gen. W. H. F. Lee's Division13433311331853,93518323125895562454,9035,1481303,377455999,2995,107 Maj.-Gen. Fitz Lee's Division122263123296
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