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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Preface. (search)
sion has been embraced to express the universal regret that General Lee never wrote anything concerning his career and campaigns. His statements would have settled conflicting opinions on all subjects contained therein. We know that it was his intention to record the deeds of his soldiers, but not to write his personal memoirs. He waited for a convenient season, and waited too long. In this volume the attempt has been made to imperfectly supply the great desire to have something from Robert E. Lee's pen, by introducing, at the periods referred to, such extracts from his private letters as would be of general interest. He is thus made, for the first time, to give his impressions and opinions on most of the great events with which he was so closely connected. Except in a few instances, the scope of the book has not permitted the tactical details of the battlefield, or the mention by name of many of the officers and organizations whose superb courage contributed to their commander'
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 1: ancestry. (search)
Ludwell Lee and granddaughter of Thomas, was eventually the birthplace of General R. E. Lee. On the recall of Sir William Gooch, Thomas became president and commandsigners of the Declaration of Independence were born, while the fact that Robert Edward Lee first saw the light there makes it yet more interesting. It is a large, nd Arthur. Matilda, the first wife of General Henry Lee, the father of General Robert E. Lee, was the daughter of the eldest son, Philip Ludwell Lee. Richard Henry as the well-known Light-horse Harry of the Revolutionary War, the father of Robert E. Lee. He and Richard Henry Lee are frequently confounded, and their relationshieditions of it had been exhausted, and in 1869 a third was issued by his son, R. E. Lee, who, forgetful of his own great deeds, was desirous only of perpetuating thoion of States he accepted service in the Southern navy. A daughter of General R. E. Lee writes of him: No one who ever saw him can forget his beautiful face, cha
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
e from King Robert the Bruce, of Scotland. Robert Edward Lee could look back on long lines of paternal and account of its color. Mr. Hallowell says that young Lee was an exemplary student, perfectly observant and reseorge Washington Parke Custis, of Arlington, and Robert E. Lee, were married on the 30th of June, 1831, only twat Arlington House, by the Rev. Mr. Keith, Lieutenant Robert E. Lee, of the United States Corps of Engineers, om this branch of the service Totten, J. L. Smith, R. E. Lee, Beauregard, McClellan, Foster, Tower, Stevens, G.t-Colonel Hitchcock, Acting Inspector General; Captain R. E. Lee, Engineer; First-Lieutenant Henry L. Scott, Acon. I am compelled to make special mention of Captain R. E. Lee, Engineer. This officer greatly distinguishedue to the skill, valor, and undaunted courage of Robert E. Lee, and that he was the greatest military genius inlitary genius. His unswerving friendship for Robert E. Lee and his never-failing belief in his military abi
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
r he had ever commanded, while Scott remarked that his appointment as colonel of the Second Cavalry was a Godsend to the army and country. Captain and Brevet-Colonel R. E. Lee, of the engineers, was promoted to be lieutenant colonel of this regiment, and William J. Hardee and William H. Emory to be its majors. The latter was s. Hood were among its first lieutenants. Secretary of War Davis graduated at West Point in 1828, two years after Albert Sidney Johnston and one year before Robert E. Lee. He possessed an accurate knowledge of the individual merits of army officers, and time and history have indorsed his selection of officers for these new regirs. The time of manumission came in 1863, when the flames of war were fiercely raging; but amid the exacting duties incident to the position of army commander, Robert E. Lee, his executor, summoned them together within his lines and gave them their free papers, as well as passes through the Confederate lines to go whither they woul
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 4: War. (search)
Chapter 4: War. Robert E. Lee was now fifty-four years old, and the wheel of time had recorded thirty-two years of honorable service in the army of the United States. During that time his country had grown in population and increased in wealth and territory far exceeding the expectations and hopes of her people. His professterritory for the purpose of coercion, upon what side would the large majority of the citizens of the New England States have been found fighting? The more Robert E. Lee thought upon the subject the more he became convinced, first, that Virginia in seceding from the Union was exercising the right she had reserved when she enterar. Sir: I have the honor to tender the resignation of my commission as colonel of the first regiment of cavalry. Very respectfully your obedient servant, R. E. Lee, Colonel, First Cavalry. of his commission in the army of the United States was respectfully tendered to the War Department. His letter explanatory of his posi
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 5: invasion of Virginia. (search)
ere till he was promoted brigadier general in 1861. At this period McDowell was about forty-three years of age, a capable soldier, and a gallant and courteous gentleman. He was kind-hearted, considerate, and tender of the feelings of others. His letter to Mrs. Lee, in reply to one received from her, addressed to the commander of the Federal forces at Arlington, has the ring of the pure metal, and is as follows: headquarters, departments Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, May 30, 1861. Mrs. R. E. Lee. Madam: Having been ordered by the Government to relieve Major-General Sanford in command of this Department, I had the honor to receive this morning your letter of to-day addressed to him at this place. With respect to the occupation of Arlington by the United States troops I beg to say it has been done by my predecessor with every regard for the preservation of the place, I am here temporarily in camp on the grounds, preferring this to sleeping in the house under the circumstances
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)
ced under the immediate charge of Major-General Holmes. On August 31st the President nominated to the Senate five persons to be generals in the Confederate army: First, Samuel Cooper, from May 15, 1861; second, A. S. Johnston, May 28th; third, R. E. Lee, June 14th; fourth, J. E. Johnston, July 4th; fifth, G. T. Beauregard, July 21st. Officers who resigned from the United States Army had been promised by the Confederate Government when it was first established at Montgomery, Ala., that they sGeneral Jesup, the quartermaster general shortly before the war, General Scott was asked to recommend an officer to fill the vacancy, and he is reported to have said that if the Secretary of War would put into a hat the names of A. S. Johnston, R. E. Lee, and J. E. Johnston, and one of said names be taken out, a good quartermaster general would be secured. Mr. John B. Floyd, who was the Secretary of War at the time, naturally threw his influence in favor of J. E. Johnston, as he came from his
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 8: commands the army defending Richmond, and seven days battles. (search)
e 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, Gene Special orders no. 22. headquarters, Richmond, Va., June 1, 1862. In pursuance of the orders of the President, General R. E. Lee assumes command of the armies of eastern Virginia and North Carolina. The unfortunate casualty that has deprived tector General's office. Special orders no. 126. Richmond, Va., June 2, 1862. By direction of the President, General Robert E. Lee, Confederate States army, will assume the immediate command of the armies in eastern Virginia and North Carolina. was taken ill, and had to be relieved of all military duty. At last, one year after the commencement of the war, Robert E. Lee was in active command of a large army in the field. His task was difficult, his responsibility great. The opposing
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 11: Chancellorsville. (search)
e attack. At this point Jackson wrote his last note to General Lee: Near 3 P. M., May 2, 1863. General: The enemy has made a stand at Chancellors, Also known as Dowdall's Tavern. which is about two miles from Chancellorsville. I hope as soon as practicable to attack. I trust that an ever-kind Providence will bless us with great success. Respectfully, T. J. Jackson, Lieutenant General. The leading division is up, and the next two appear to be well closed. T. J. J. General R. E. Lee. As the different divisions arrived they were formed at right angles to the road, Rodes's in front, Trimble's division, under Colston, in the second line two hundred yards in the rear, and A. P. Hill's in supporting distance in column. At 6 P. M., all being ready, Jackson ordered the advance. His men burst with a cheer upon the startled enemy, and, like a disciplined thunderbolt, swept down the line and captured cannon before they could be reversed to fire on them. Howard had two
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 12: Gettysburg. (search)
he could survey the field and watch the result of the movement. Long says the order for the assault by the whole corps was given verbally by General Lee in his presence and that of Major Venable and other officers of the army. Memoirs of Robert E. Lee, by Long, p. 294. Venaable states that he heard the orders given to support Pickett's attack by McLaws and Hood, and that when he called General Lee's attention to it afterward he said: I know it, I know it. A consummate master of war suchave resounded from flank to flank Le roi est mort! but when the younger and abler man assumed command, the mummies of the Nile, or the bones beneath the ruins of Pompeii, could not be more silent than the refusal of these heroes to shout to Robert E. Lee's successor, Vive le roi! The Angel of Peace would have appeared in the hour General Lee bid farewell to the Army of Northern Virginia and mounted Traveler to ride away, for the rapid termination of the war would have simplified the duties o
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