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refore most pleasant during my service at Camp Cooper. The Government had under advisement, at this period, the construction of a fort in that vicinity; it was Colonel Lee's custom to often ride over the country in search of a suitable location, and to request each day one or more of his officers to accompany him, in order to avaihich thenceforth became my adopted land. I arrived in Richmond about the 5th of May, sent my luggage to the hotel, and proceeded without delay to the office of Colonel Lee who had, I was informed, been recently promoted to the rank of Major General. He extended me a most cordial greeting, and, taking me by the hand, said: I am glnner. I went immediately to the Ballard House, ordered my trunk to the station, and left for Yorktown. On the train I could but contrast the surroundings of General Lee, as I had just beheld him, with the quiet and peaceful scenes we had passed through together but a year or two before upon the frontier of Texas. His office wa
sumed; Ewell's Division bore off in the direction of our left during the day, and Whiting's to the right. The latter received instructions, in the afternoon, to repair to the support of Longstreet, then assaulting the Federal left at Cold Harbor. I moved on with all possible speed, through field and forest, in the direction of the firing, and arrived, about 4.30 p. m., at a point, on the telegraph road, I should think not far distant from the centre of our attacking force. Here I found General Lee, seated upon his horse. He rode forward to meet me, and, extending his usual greeting, announced to me that our troops had been fighting gallantly, but had not succeeded in dislodging the enemy; he added, This must be done. Can you break his line? I replied that I would try. I immediately formed my brigade in line of battle with Hampton's Legion on the left. In front was a dense woods and ugly marsh, which totally concealed the enemy from us; but the terrible roar of artillery and mus
we were lying in front of Suffolk, to reach General Lee in time to participate in the battle of Chaove. Every effort, however, was made to get to Lee at the earliest moment. If my memory betrays mders for us to march with all possible speed to Lee, on the Rappahannock. I was most anxious to gerning, we were both engaged in company with Generals Lee and A. P. Hill, in observing the position of the Federals. General Lee--with coat buttoned to the throat, sabre-belt buckled round the waist, the lofty position of the Federal Army. General Lee was, seemingly, anxious you should attack treasons. Your reply was quickly received, General Lee's orders are to attack up the Emmetsburg rot to turn Round Top. Again your answer was, General Lee's orders are to attack up the Emmetsburg rog, according to my custom in Virginia under General Lee, I rode back to Army headquarters to reporteaped, or fortified position to be carried, General Lee knew no better troops upon which to rely. [5 more...]
. e., an Army standing its ground and fighting, or advancing and driving the enemy, as was the case in Virginia, under General Lee, will count but few stragglers and deserters; the actual loss is not great, from the fact that the wounded men go to tnceuvres, and, generally, one is forced to keep his adversary in check until the arrival of expected reinforcements. When Lee and McClellan were in the immediate presence of each other, prior to the seven days battle around Richmond, in 1862, GenerGeneral Lee matured his plan, kept the enemy occupied by skirmishing until General Jackson's Army, then operating in the Valley of Virginia, marched a long distance to the railroad near Staunton, took trains to Hanover Junction, thence moved to Ashland, and from there marched and joined General Lee on the battle field of Gaines's Mills, where a great victory was achieved. Prior to the battle of Sharpsburg, or Antietam, Jackson was at Harper's Ferry, whilst Longstreet was holding in check McClell
on with these troops. The President and General Bragg, and also General Lee, were desirous that the offensive be assumed, and an attempt be e time being, to be subordinated to the Army of Tennessee. Even General Lee, with the Army of Virginia, was to give up Longstreet's Corps, ald afford him every assistance, and informed him, moreover, that General Lee favored the projected campaign. General Johnston immediately und or retreat, as might seem most expedient. To this demand, General Lee was unwilling to accede; he was reluctant to give up Longstreet'ition in Virginia can be securely held by our brave troops under General Lee, which will allow us to march in force from our centre, the vitad t.) order Polk from Mississippi, and reluctance on the part cf General Lee to give up Longstreet, before it was positively ascertained thatwith this Army, as we should then be in a condition to reinforce General Lee, in case it should be necessary? Yours truly, J. B. Hood. To
rks during that same night. The morning of the 16th found us with Lee's right on Overton Hill. At an early hour the enemy made a general ain and again repulsed at all points with heavy loss, especially in, Lee's front. About 3.30 p. m. the Federals concentrated a number of gunes of the case. Very respectfully, Isham G. Harris. Lieutenant General Lee displayed his usual energy and skill in handling his troopshe field. Major General Carter L. Stevenson then assumed command of Lee's Corps, and ably discharged his duties during the continuance of th from the Trans-Mississippi Department. He consulted fully with General Lee in regard to this important matter, and, after a sojourn of seveto follow me from that State, and move at once to the support of General Lee. Soon after my arrival at Sumpter, South Carolina, I received the painful intelligence of Lee's surrender. Nevertheless, I continued my journey, and about the last of April reached the Mississippi, in th
And yet from other portions of his Memoirs it will be seen that I did not attack either Resaca, Decatur, or Nashville. My official report will also show that Major General French assaulted Allatoona, whilst under discretionary orders. Thus, in none of these instances is General Sherman correct. Touching this same accusation of rashness, put forth by my opponents, I shall merely state that the confidence reposed in me upon so many occasions, and during a service of three years, by Generals Lee, Jackson, and Longstreet, in addition to the letters of these distinguished commanders, expressive of satisfaction with my course, is a sufficient refutation of the charge. The above allegation is not more erroneous than the following inference is illogical. Van Horne, in his History of the Army of the Cumberland, speaks in commendation of my movement to the rear of Sherman, after the fall of Atlanta, but regards the circumstance as unfortunate for the Confederacy that Johnston was no
Skillet road. and accordingly ordered Lieutenant General Lee, who on the 25th had relieved Major Geormation of the result of his attack, I ordered Lee to return in the direction of Atlanta, to be rear the destruction of Hardee before Stewart and Lee could join him, as his position on a ridge betwnd Cheatham's Corps, and Johnston's Division of Lee's Corps, leaving the other divisions of Lee's Cance, Major General Cheatham following, and General Lee, with the trains moving from Columbia on thhe right under Forrest. Johnston's Division of Lee's Corps also became engaged on the left during ville, about two miles from the city. Lieutenant General Lee's Corps constituted our centre, restinhe troops were somewhat collected, and Lieutenant General Lee took command of the rear guard, campinternating as rear guards to the Army. Lieutenant General Lee and the corps commanded by him deservepersuaded that Sherman would have been upon General Lee's communications in October, instead of at [9 more...]