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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 17: events in and near the National Capital. (search)
accept my most earnest wishes for the continuance of your happiness and prosperity, and believe me, most truly yours, R . E. Lee. Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott, Commanding, United States Army. At that time, according to the correspondent of the Charleston Mercury, Lee knew that he was to be the General-in-chief of the Virginia forces, and had necessarily resolved to draw his sword not only in defense of his native State, but against the National Government, whenever the conspirators shoe National Observatory, See note 3, page 894. Governor Letcher, and others who were present, joined in the reception of Lee, standing. He was then greeted by the President, who made a brief speech, in which he announced to the Colonel that the C which the recipient replied in a few words, accepting the so-called honor. Richmond Enquirer, April 24, 1861. In time, Lee became the General-in-chief of all the armies in rebellion against his Government, at whose expense he had been educated,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A Narrative of the service of Colonel Geo. A. Porterfield in Northwestern Virginia in 1861-1861, (search)
the northwestern part of this State, with written instructions from General R, E. Lee prior to my assignment thereto. I would call attention to the instructions giv to Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, dated May 8th, and Major Boykin to General Lee, May 10, 1861. Whilst one of my first companies was rendezvoused at Fettermew days before I ascertained the real condition of the country, and informed General Lee of the same by letter and by verbal messages. The authorities were as fullyto effect. Up to this time I had not been ordered to break the railroad. General Lee says (page 802, Official Records): It is not intended to interfere with the ng aid from the State then and hoping for its accession to the Confederacy. General Lee writes to General J. E. Johnston, June 7, 1861: The evacuation of the latter pursued. This also is an error. He was not there. An officious report to General Lee appears in the Records, signed M. G. Harman, Major, J. M. Heck, Colonel, and
assed May 11, 1852, entitled an act to authorize the construction of the Wolf Creek Turnpike Road, in Giles and Tazewell counties; to incorporate the Old Dominion Mining and Manufacturing Company; refunding to Jas. A. Russell excess of taxes paid by him, and authorizing the County Court of Frederick county to correct erroneous assessment. On motion of Mr. Dickinson, of Prince Edward, it was Resolved, That the Committee on Finance inquire into the expediency of refunding to Samuel. E. Lee a part of the license tax paid for keeping a hotel in the city of Richmond, for such time as the same was not used. Information Wanted.--On motion of H. W. Thomas, Resolved, That the Auditor of Public Accounts be requested to inform the Senate what increase in the rate of taxation, if any, will be necessary to defray the expenses of the Government, discharge its present liabilities, and those already incurred or authorized during the present session, by either branch of the General
e question arising upon these facts and contingencies is, whether we shall leave our little army beyond Lewisburg to contend with greatly superior numbers until General Lee shall succeed in penetrating towards Clarksburg and in threatening; Rosencranz's rear: or, whether, while General Lee is pushing on towards Clarksburg, General General Lee is pushing on towards Clarksburg, General Floyd should not be sufficiently reinforced to enable him to assume offensive operations again, recross the Ganley, and, in concert with General Wise, drive the enemy down the Kanawha. Our Government has become so committed to the operations in Western Virginia, that it cannot afford now to let them hang fire. The enemy wouldirginia is delivered of the presence of the invader, the idea of a strong Southern disaffection will continue to retain a lodgement in the mind of the world. If Gen. Lee. with his comparatively large force, shall succeed in penetrating to Clarksburg, driving back the enemy's General, Reynold. with a force as large as, or largerth
Secretaryship of War. --The Hon. L. Pope Walker, Secretary of War, has resigned that post. Who his successor will be is variously conjectured. There is a considerable outside pressure from Richmond circles in behalf of General Robert. E. Lee. Mention is also made of Major General Poln Still other names are prominently brought forward. Both in Great Britain and in this country the post of War Minister has always been regarded as one of those great political offices, requiring to be filled with some reference to public sentiment. We have no idea that President Davis will fill the appointment upon any other theory.--If this be the fact, then it would seem to follow as a matter of course, that if a proper man be found, the selection will be made from some State or great district of country not now represented in the Cabinet. In that event, the public will naturally expect that Tennessee, Arkansas, or at least the region of which Memphis is the centre and emporium, would be the o
News from General Lee's command. --A gentleman who left the camp of that part of Gen. Lee's forces stationed on the east side of Mountain, under the command of H. R. Jackson, of Georgia, as lGen. Lee's forces stationed on the east side of Mountain, under the command of H. R. Jackson, of Georgia, as late as Saturday night, brings us intelligence of the rements on this side the mountain to the of his departure, and also some later news from Gen. Lee's division. This gentleman explains the telGen. Lee's division. This gentleman explains the telegraph of Saturday about the movements of our forces. A part of General Jackson's command, under Cols. Rust and Taliaferro, and a force from Gen. Lee's camp, under Col. Anderson, marched simultaneouGen. Lee's camp, under Col. Anderson, marched simultaneously, in early part of last week, towards the fortification of the Federalists on the Parkersburg road, on the top of Cheat Mountain, a fatiguing march, the force under Cols. Rust and Taliaferro approountain, on the west side, as stated by the telegraph, and probably did not the mountain. Gen. Lee's main force had not moved from the camp at Valley Mountain, and, therefore, all speculation ab
The West and Northwest. --We have little from our forces in the Northwest, and ting from those in the West. That in the er is in the midst of a struggle disputing the possession of the soil with the minions of the Washington Tyranny. There have in probability occurred before this one or more bloody battles. The public is full of anxiety to hear whatever there is to hear; the hundreds in this region, who have relatives in the armies of Lee, and Floyd, and are pained at the delay in the transession of intelligence from them. We trust that the Department will establish at once a communication between the metropolis in their camps. It would be grateful to the people, and very much benefit our cause. A short telegraph announces that it was at the North that Floyd and Wise could effect a junction, and fall upon Cox. We hardly know what to anticipate. The of the enemy we do not know; but we know the character of our brave soldiers and their leaders, and we are satisfie
The Daily Dispatch: August 3, 1863., [Electronic resource], From Gen. Lee's army — fight in Culpeper county. (search)
From Gen. Lee's army — fight in Culpeper county. Information received from Culpeper county by the train last evening furnishes us an account of a pretty severe cavalry fight in Culpeper county, in the immediate neighborhood of the old battle-field of Brandy Station, on Saturday last. We could only obtain confused reports of this fight, but from these we gather that the enemy, in a force consisting of some three brigades of cavalry, advanced on our line of pickets in the early part of the day. The picket force was composed of the 12th Virginia regiment, Gen. Mahone's brigade. This force resisted the enemy until Hampton's cavalry came up, when the battle was joined between our cavalry and that of the enemy. During some portions of the engagement the fighting is represented to have been very severe. In the early part of the fight Capt. E. W. Branch, commanding the Grays, from this city, was killed, and his body brought to the city by the Central train last evening. Hamp
rigade, and respected in an eminent degree by the whole division. The Adjutant General of this brigade is Capt. Jas Mitchell, second son of Mr. John Mitchell, of the Richmond Enquirer, and one of the most intelligent and brave young officers of the army. Prof. Johns, an eminent and successful teacher of Alabama, and a gentleman of rare accomplishments, is a private in the signal corps of Early's division. As the invasion of Pennsylvania did not equal fully the expectations of Gen. Lee, who magnanimously assumes all responsibility under reverse, and modestly assumes less than is due him in success, it is to be regretted now that the corps of Gen. Ewell, which had penetrated within sight of the spires of Harrisburg, had not been allowed to prosecute its march, while the main body remained on the border of the State. They were cooking rations for a three days march further on when the order came directing Gen. Ewell to come back to Gettysburg. General Ewell is in fine
The Daily Dispatch: August 3, 1863., [Electronic resource], From Gen. Lee's army — fight in Culpeper county. (search)
g summary of the news they contain: The Intercepted. Dispatches from President Davis and Gen. Cooper--the force around Richmond etc. The New York Heralds publishes the following intercept dispatches from President Davis and Gen Cooper to Gen. Lee, sent while the Confederate army was in Pennsylvania, in reference to a proposition for assembling an army at Culpeper under Gen. Beau regard, and the late Union operations on the Peninsula: Adjutant General's Office,Richmond, June 28, 18eration whether in this state of things you might be able to spare a portion of your force to protect your line of communication against attempted raids by the enemy. Very respectfully.Your obedient servant, S. Cooper, Adjutant Gen'l. Gen. R, E. Lee, Commanding Army Northern Virginia, Winchester, Va. In reference to affairs in the Southwest, the defence of Richmond, and the plan of raising an army for the capture of Washington, in the event of its being uncovered by Gen, Hooker. Rich
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