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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Patriotic letters of Confederate leaders. (search)
hmond, Va., August 11, 1863. General R. E. Lee, Commanding Army of Northern Virginia: Yours of the 8th instant has just been received. I am glad that you concur so entirely with me as to the wants of our country in this trying hour, and am happy to add that after the first depression consequent upon our diasters in the West, indications have appeared that our people will exhibit that fortitude which we agree in believing is alone needful to secure ultimate success. It well became Sydney Johnston, when overwhelmed by a senseless clamor, to admit the rule that success is the test of merit; and yet there has been nothing which I have found to require a greater effort of patience than to bear the criticisms of the ignorant, who pronounce everything a failure which does not equal their expectations or desires, and can see no good result which is not in the line of their own imaginings. I admit the propriety of your conclusions that an officer who loses the confidence of his troops
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Recollections of the Elkhorn campaign. (search)
e great territorial command of your father, General Sydney Johnston. I was ordered from the Potomac to go withee and of joining our forces to those under General Sydney Johnston at Corinth, instead of lying idle all sprinnvasion of Arkansas. He therefore proposed to General Johnston to let him march across Arkansas (over 200 miled. Before Van Dorn's proposition had reached General Johnston, he had written for Van Dorn to join him, if pest route, went to Corinth for conference with Generals Johnston and Beauregard. We found Grant lying in force on the Tennessee river, while Johnston's army — over 30,000 strong — occupied entrenched lines about Corinth.he conference between these three remarkable men — Johnston, Beauregard and Van Dorn. I was much impressed by the dignity and earnestness of General Johnston. He expressed with clearness and decision his views and purnest desire to come to his help. I never saw General Johnston again, but shall aways remember that last inte<
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Defence of Charleston from July 1st to July 10th, 1864. (search)
ble man along the line of the Savannah Railroad had been ordered to John's island. As soon as this movement of the enemy was known--2d July--I telegraphed General Johnston (repeating the telegram on the 4th), the War Department, and General Whiting, at Wilmington, asking for reinforcements. I also telegraphed General Chestnut to send me State reserves. General Johnston sent me two small regiments, the Fifth and Forty-seventh Georgia (the same that he had been directed some weeks before by the War Department to send to me in exchange for a brigade that I had sent to him), and General Whiting sent me two companies of artillery. I could obtain no State reserves. When the troops sent by Generals Johnston and Whiting arrived, I directed Colonel George P. Harrison to carry the Thirty-second (his own) and Forty-seventh Georgia regiments and Bonand's Georgia battalion to John's island, and report to General Robertson, commanding that distrtct. With the force thus collected, though n