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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
be erected at Richmond in memory of General Robert E. Lee. We will not offend good taste by offering a word in commendation of this effort to do honor to the great captain; we the rather assume that every reader of these Papers will gladly and promptly forward a liberal contribution to the Treasurer at Richmond. The Association is administered by a Board of Managers composed of the Governor of Virginia, the Auditor and the Treasurer. The Hon. R. M. T. Hanter is the treasurer, and Col. S. Bassett French is the secretary of the Board. Address, Richmond, Va. the Lee memorial Association, with headquarters at Lexington, Va., has been quietly working for its simple object, which is to decorate the tomb of Lee. Having secured Valentine's splendid recumbent figure of Lee — which is, beyond all question, one of the most superb works of art on the continent — they are now raising funds with which to build the Mausoleum which is to contain it. Surely the admirers of our great chieftain
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Strength of General Lee's army in the Seven days battles around Richmond. (search)
ce present was about three thousand. He had in some previous skirmishes lost about 130 men in killed and wounded. Taking the average for the strength of the absent regiment, and we make the whole force brought by him about 3,700. On page 325 Colonel Manning, commanding Walker's brigade, says: The brigade, composed of the Third Arkansas, Thirtieth Virginia, Fifty-seventh Virginia, Twenty-seventh North Carolina and Fifty-sixth North Carolina regiments, and the Second Georgia battalion, Captains French's and Branch's light batteries, and Captain Goodwin's cavalry company--in all amounting to about four thousand men and officers — crossed the pontoon bridge and reached General Huger about 12 o'clock M. on Friday the 27th of June. The Fifty-seventh Virginia was subsequently transferred to Armistead's brigade, and in its place was put the Forty-eighth North Carolina. On page 151, Holmes says the brigade returned to him on the 29th of June, with 3,600 effective men and two batteries. O
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official correspondence of Governor Letcher, of Virginia. (search)
as Adjutant-General of General Loring. He ought to be at the head of a regiment. He is a faithful, energetic officer, and at this time I should suppose not wanted in his present position. Cannot he get a Virginia regiment, with Lieutenant-Colonel S. Bassett French as Lieutenant-Colonel, and be sent out here? I want troops badly, and want them for the war. I fear Colonel French will get sick if he remains longer in Richmond, and you would be obliged to give him up then. Our enemy here is Colonel French will get sick if he remains longer in Richmond, and you would be obliged to give him up then. Our enemy here is very strong, and his fleet all-powerful in these waters. As yet he has effected but little, and if he will leave his big floating guns, that sweep over the lowlands like a scythe, I hope he will not have everything his own way. With my best wishes, my dear Governor, for your health and happiness, and kind regards to all around you, I remain with high respect, truly and sincerely yours, R. E. Lee.
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
, while the other maintained the investment of Vicksburg. On the 28th, the necessary supplies and field transportation having been procured, the equipment of the artillery completed, and a serviceable floating-bridge finished (the first constructed having proved a failure), the army The effective force was a little above twenty thousand infantry and artillery, and two thousand cavalry. was ordered to march next morning toward the Big Black River. In the afternoon of July 1st, Loring's, French's, and Walker's divisions bivouacked near Birdsong's Ferry, on that river, and Breckenridge's, with the floating-bridge, near Edwards's Depot. The cavalry, under General W. H. Jackson, was placed in observation along the river. This expedition was not undertaken in the wild spirit that dictated the dispatches from the War Department, of the 16th and 21st of June. I did not indulge in the sentiment that it was better for me to waste the lives and blood of brave soldiers, than, through
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
Confederate troops were so great, that I felt assured that, with the advantage given by our intrenchments, weak as they were, they would repel any assault certainly and decisively. On the appearance of the enemy, our troops took the positions in the line of defense assigned to them the day before, in expectation of an immediate attack-Major-General Loring's division on the right, crossing the Canton road; Major-General Breckenridge's on the left, crossing the New Orleans Railroad; Major-General French's between Breckenridge's and the Clinton road; and Major-General Walker's between that road and Loring's. Brigadier-General Jackson was directed to observe and guard the fords of Pearl River above and below the town with his cavalry. Instead of attacking as soon as it came up, as we had been hoping, the Federal army intrenched itself, and began to construct batteries. On the 10th there was spirited skirmishing, with a light cannonade, continuous throughout the day. This was ke
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 11 (search)
me accurately informed of the enemy's progress. French's division of Polk's corps joined the army from Misa general officer who entered after me (I think General French), that it was impossible to hold his line. exnd eastern base of the mountain; and Walthall's and French's along the crest of the short ridge --French's lefFrench's left reaching its southwestern base, and Hardee's from French's left almost due south across the Lost Mountain anFrench's left almost due south across the Lost Mountain and Marietta road, to the brow of the high ground immediately north of the branch of Nose's Creek that runs frotillery directed against their left flank by Major-General French; but the main body, unchecked by Cockrell's ounded.Missing.Total Featherston's Division813122 French's Division179277186 Walthall's Division622--28 522 The comparatively severe loss in French's division was accounted for by its position — on the descendin a few taken from the right of Walker's and left of French's skirmishers on the 27th. As we usually fought in
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
servant, J. E. Johnston, General. Headquarters Department of Northern Virginia, Centreville, January 29, 1862. Colonel S. Bassett French, Aide-de-camp of Governor of Virginia. Sir: Your letter of the 25th inst., in relation to arms, the property independence of Virginia and the South. Most respectfully, Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General. Colonel S. Bassett French, Aide-de-camp to the Governor of Virginia. Centreville, January 29, 1862. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of Warespectfully inclose a copy of a report by Major-General Jackson. Brigadier-General Whiting informs me that Brigadier-General French and Captain Chatard think it impracticable to make the desired movement by water. I submit General French's letGeneral French's letter on the subject. The land transportation would, it seems to me, require too much time and labor, even were the roads tolerable. They are not now practicable for our field artillery with their teams of four horses. The army is crippled, and i
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Memorandum for Colonel Browne, Aide-de-camp. (search)
the 1st of May, 1864, was: Infantry, thirty-seven thousand six hundred and fifty-two; artillery, two thousand eight hundred and twelve (forty thousand four hundred and sixty-four); cavalry, twenty-three hundred and ninety-two. This was the entire strength of the army, at and near Dalton, at that date. 2. The movement from Dalton began on the 12th of May. On that day Loring's division, Army of the Mississippi, and Canty's division, joined at Resaca, with about eight thousand effectives. French's division, same army, joined near Kingston several days later (about four thousand effectives). Quarles's brigade from Mobile (about twenty-two hundred effectives) joined at New Hope Church on the 26th. The cavalry of the Mississippi Army, which joined near Adairsville, was estimated at three thousand nine hundred effectives; and Martin's cavalry division, which joined near Resaca, at three thousand five hundred. These were the only reinforcements received while General Johnston had comma
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Report of Hon. L. T. Wigfall in the Senate of the Confederate States, march 18, 1865. (search)
able force at your command, to Rome, Georgia, and thence unite with General Johnston. On the 6th, the day on which General Hood says this army lay at and near Dalton, waiting the advance of the enemy, General Polk telegraphs to General Cooper from Demopolis: My troops are concentrating and moving as directed. On the 10th, at Rome, he telegraphs the President: The first of Loring's brigade arrived and sent forward to Resaca; the second just in; the third will arrive to-morrow morning. . . . French's brigade was to leave Blue Mountain this morning. The others will follow in succession; Ferguson will be in supporting distance day after to-morrow; Jackson's division is thirty-six hours after. Yet General Hood asserts that, four days before this, the army was assembled at and near Dalton, and within the easy direction of a single commander. The last of these reenforcements joined General Johnston at New Hope Church the 26th of May, nearly three weeks after they were alleged to be at an
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore), What the rebels said they captured. (search)
and almost untouched, as the rout, which commenced about the fashionable hour for a dining feast, had left but poor stomachs for digesting rich food. A correspondent from Manassas has just shown me a number of bills of fare for the dinners to which McDowell had invited his friends to enjoy with him on the route to Richmond, indicating that they expected to repose a short time at Fairfax. Court House, Manassas, and other convenient localities on the way. The bills of fare are mostly in French, and quite costly as to the cuisine. Twenty-five baskets of champagne and a dozen of claret were also found at Centreville — the centre of good things ; and a soldier who was present has just informed me, that when our brave hungry boys arrived at the village and took possession, they at once commenced a sad havoc upon these delicious drinkables, during which a sprightly officer in one of the Rappahannock companies, named Hopper, mounted upon the table, (then relieved some-what of its load,)
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