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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 7: Atlantic coast defenses.-assigned to duty in Richmond as commander in chief under the direction of the Southern President. (search)
gnment, and that therefore I went back to General Johnston's old rank in determining the relative raguage that he did not approve the movement on Johnston's position at Centreville, but preferred to t safety of that city. In March, however, General Johnston solved the problem by a retrograde movemeing that city before he could. As soon as Johnston had retreated McClellan advanced his troops t queens, because the capture of Washington by Johnston would be attended with much greater results ts were of course speedily communicated to General Johnston on the Rappahannock, and D. H. Hill's, D.e there. General G. W. Smith agreed with General Johnston's views, while Longstreet took but little would be ready for action in a few days, General Johnston gave orders to General Huger, in command , and to the Confederates of twelve hundred. Johnston then leisurely continued his retreat. A forc could with such an inferior force, while General Johnston attacked McClellan's army. Both commande[30 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 8: commands the army defending Richmond, and seven days battles. (search)
Chapter 8: commands the army defending Richmond, and seven days battles. General Lee and Mr. Davis were on the field on May 31st, and the latter was at once informed of Gen, eral Johnston's being wounded. Riding back with General Lee to Richmond that night, Mr. Davis told him he proposed to assign him at once to the command of the Confederate army defending Richmond, and would make out the order as soon as he reached the city. Accordingly, very early the next morning General Lee received the following: Richmond, Va., June 1, 1862. General R. E. Lee. Sir: The unfortunate casualty which has deprived the army in front of Richmond of its immediate commander, General Johnston, renders it necessary to interfere temporarily with the duties to which you were assigned in connection with the general service, but only so far as to make you available for command in the field of a particular army. You will assume command of the army in eastern Virginia and in North Carolina, and give s
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 13: campaign in Virginia.-Bristol Station.-mine Run.-Wilderness. (search)
gave plenty of room on his side of a stream for his opponent to form, hoping to make it as difficult for him to get back as it was easy for him to get over. It is safe to say he would never have formed his troops at the water edge of the Bull Run fords as Beauregard did at the first Manassas, but upon commanding positions back, with only sufficient force to delay and give notice of the crossing. Had Beauregard done this, he would not have had his left turned, for the opportune arrival of Johnston alone gave him the battle. Grant's move did not, as he expected, compel Lee to fall back toward Richmond and fight a defensive battle; but hardly had he filled the Wilderness with men as thick as raging locusts than Lee marched to meet and attack him. Early on the morning of May 4th he bade adieu to the three or four tents near Orange Court House which had been the winter home of himself and personal staff, and with Ewell's corps, two detached brigades, and two divisions of Hill's corp