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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Monument to the Confederate dead at the University of Virginia. (search)
reat conflict I was standing on the roadside, not far from the city of Petersburg, a prisoner of war, and very near General Custis Lee, both of us having been captured in the battle of Sailor's Creek. We were watching the march of the never-ending cal officer, whose name and appearance I distinctly recall, left the column and riding up to us, dismounted and greeted General Lee with effusion. They had been classmates, I think, at West Point. When the first salutations and inquiries had been exchanged the Federal officer, calling Lee's attention to the command just then passing, said with evident pride: General, these are my men. Superb soldiers, you see. There's a great difference between your experience and ours in this respect. The courage of their endeavor, the multitude of Thy compassions, and the bounty of Thy grace. Second. The Characters of Lee and Jackson have contributed more, perhaps, than any and all other influences to a just appreciation of the Southern ca
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Last days of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
nd fairness, states that the total effective of Lee's army on the 25th day of March, 1865, was infa,041 cavalry and 5,392 artillery, it would give Lee, six weeks before the final operations began, 4lonel Taylor's statement in Four Years with General Lee, that Lee had at that time only 39,879 avaiduty, and all the officers and men in arrest in Lee's army, Badeau subtracts only 8,433 for men not,433, the aggregate Badeau ascribes to Lee, and Lee would have only 64,705 effectives, including thmond. If we apply Badeau's rule for estimating Lee's effective strength, by deducting a little ovehe service; (6) the supply of fresh meat to General Lee's army was precarious, and if the army felldisplaying the most unflinching courage. General Lee, in a dispatch sent to the Secretary of Warhad, in Grant's works, which were stronger than Lee's, and thus hold or contain Lee within his own n of Grant's troops, which was sure to be made, Lee's only resource was to strip his already thread[56 more...]