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ctance, they immediately proceeded to San Antonio, the roads to which place were quite passable, and arrived at that city Friday afternoon. I had telegraphed to Colonel Lee, of San Antonio, to hold himself in readiness to assist my son and Keating, on the score of personal friendship, whenever they might arrive there, not knowing,owing is a copy: Personal. Whenever the son of A. P., of Chicago, may arrive in San Antonio, he will learn of something to his advantage by calling upon Lieut.-Col. Lee, at the Mengler House. Keating's sharp eyes first saw the item at the supper table of the Mengler House, where they were stopping, and they both learned, by listening to the conversation about them, that the Colonel was sitting at the same table. After supper William made himself known to Colonel Lee without attracting attention, the latter kindly offering him any help needed, after which inquiries of a guarded character were instituted for the object of their search. The landlo
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Preface. (search)
which represent the routes of Jackson and Ewell from Swift Run Gap in .the movement against Banks, and the battles of Kernstown and Mac-Dowell It may not be necessary to assert that I have not so much attempted to point out how the skill of General Lee and the daring of General Stonewall Jackson prevailed over their enemies, in the general theatre of the latter's military operations, as to show in particular instances how, from Patterson to Banks through Milroy and McDowell, many of the so-ctions, as to show in particular instances how, from Patterson to Banks through Milroy and McDowell, many of the so-called grand achievements of the great Confederate General were due to the blundering stupidity of political managers in Washington acting upon the colossal incapacity of their favorites in the field. But that this does not detract from the very marked ability shown by both Lee and Jackson in taking advantage of these blunders, I cheerfully concede. G. H. G. Framingham, 1883.
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
k across the river; the Twentieth Regiment, Colonel Lee, and the Fifteenth Regiment, Colonel Devenses were unsealed, and as they came first by Colonel Lee, that officer read them by the light of a p was half-past 7 A. M. when firing was heard on Lee's right rear,--a half-dozen discharges, and a ss, stumbled first upon the unexpected scouts of Lee, whom while carefully reconnoitring, they plumpained about twenty minutes, when Devens said to Lee that he intended to return again to the front feral Stone's staff officers, he inquired of Colonel Lee about the position. Colonel Lee told him trounds of ammunition for each man, and that he (Lee) had forty rounds; that the troops were withoutpork and fifty empty boxes had been sent to Colonel Lee. The officer who brought the latter told tas he to the Eighth Virginia Regiment, that Colonel Lee saw a tall officer step out to within ten p to open communication with Edward's Ferry. Colonel Lee instantly acceded, saying it was no time to[35 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 3: through Harper's Ferry to Winchester—The Valley of the Shenandoah. (search)
und he had caught a tartar. His force of 4,000 was opposed, not to 2,000 less than his own, but to the whole of Shields's division of 6,750 infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and no more. If Shields had remained at Strasburg, the history of Banks's retreat would never have been written. My brigade would have followed the others of the division, and all would have reported to McDowell in front of Fredericksburg. As it was, only Abercrombie got away, and him we saw no more. In this event Lee would probably have found enough to engage his attention, without sending Jackson on the rampage through the valley. There is no evidence that Jackson contemplated the result that followed, although some writers claim unforeseen consequences, when favorable, as results of welllaid plans. Southern writers, while speaking openly of Jackson's not doubting that he could crush the four regiments at Winchester, Life of Stonewall Jackson, by John Esten Cooke, p. 109. further affirm that this bat
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 4: the Valley of the Shenandoah (continued)—Return to Strasburg. (search)
y are raising a storm that will not subside. To-day we are taking your food and your cattle; but to-morrow, so far does the living force of powerful armies outrun our realizations, to-morrow it may be your homes. Let the blackened walls of the houses of the Shenandoah Valley be my witness. But what had become of Jackson? We had rumors that he had turned off from the valley of the North Fork, and was somewhere in the ridges of the Blue Mountains to the eastward, and in communication with Lee around Richmond. The whole of the valley gave evidence of his ruthless flight. Bridges burned to impede our pursuit was a greater injury to the industry of the inhabitants than to us: it might retard, but it did not bar, our progress. I was astonished at the evidence of forced service required by the enemy from the citizens of this valley; the mountains were filled with Virginians escaping from forced levies. Wandering sadly along by the side of the creek, near my encampment at New Marke
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 5: return to Strasburg (continued)—Banks's flight to WinchesterBattle of Winchester. (search)
d an attack upon us at New Market or at Harrisonburg. See Jackson's letter to Lee, April 23, given in substance in Campaign in the Valley of Virginia in 1861-1862 the force covering Fredericksburg. On the twenty-eighth of April he applied to Lee for a command sufficiently large to enable him to march out and attack Banks. On the 29th Lee replied that the Federal force at Fredericksburg was too large to admit of any diminution of his own, but suggested that he could have General Edward would be fraught with the happiest results. See Taylor's Four years with General Lee, p. 38. See also Narrative of Military Operations directed during the late Wold Banks in check. See Jackson's official report, containing a letter to General Lee, dated April 29, 1862. All the Rebel forces then located in the valley, icksburg to join General McDowell at that place. On the fourteenth of May General Lee heard of Shields's movement towards Front Royal, and wrote Jackson that it w
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
rest, and rest with motion. Our tired troops were more fatigued than if they had made a march of twice the distance. It was eleven o'clock at night when our division arrived at Culpeper, having made eight miles in eight hours. Why General Pope was hurrying his forces into and around Culpeper Court House will appear from a review of the movements of the enemy. On the nineteenth of July, Jackson, with two divisions of troops, commanded by Winder and Ewell, arrived near Gordonsville. General Lee thought that important railroad place was in danger; and from what we have seen of the instructions given by Pope to Banks at Warrenton, he might well have thought so. Jackson, finding Pope strong in numbers, asked for reinforcements, and the whole of A. P. Hill's division was added to his army. On the seventh of August, Jackson moved his three divisions of troops from their respective encampments near Gordonsville, in the direction of Culpeper. His motive, as he says, was not to att
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 10: General Banks's orders and responsibility. (search)
be added. When Banks with this knowledge plunged into that abyss of horrors without calling for these reinforcements, he committed a blunder that even a politician might shudder at,--a crime that he cannot transfer to Pope. On the eleventh of August we returned to the same spot, near Culpeper, from whence on the 9th we went out to fight the battle of Cedar Mountain. After a few days (on the 14th), my brigade, with reduced numbers, moved out of Culpeper, hurrying to confront the march of Lee's victorious army. .From the Peninsula and from North Carolina new divisions and corps were marching to our aid. The music of the band of the Second echoed as gayly through the streets, as we turned our backs on the town, as if no lives had been extinguished in our regiment, and no grief pressed heavily on our hearts. We marched onward to Alexandria, to the grave of the Army of Virginia. I have endeavored to portray from my own notes written on the field, from my own memory of what I saw
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Index (search)
eneral Stone to assume command at Ball's Bluff, 71; obeys the order, 72. Forms his line of battle, 73, 74. Urges on reluctant men to battle, 75. Confesses to Colonel Lee that the day is lost, 75. Rushes forward to the front and is killed, 76. As U. S. Senator had criticised the conduct of the war, condemning McClellan's policy71, 278, 330. Kirkland, Colonel, Rebel officer, 235, 236. Kuipe, Colonel, a good swearer, 276. Severely wounded in the battle of Cedar Mountain, 304. L Lee, Robert E., Rebel commander-in-chief, instructions to Stonewall Jackson in regard to attacking Banks at Strasburg, 175, 181. Lee, Colonel, in command of the TLee, Colonel, in command of the Twen-tieth Mass. Regiment, 65. Is engaged in the battle of Ball's Bluff, 67-79. Is made prisoner at Ball's Bluff, 78. Legislature, Massachusetts, Act of the, of Feb. 6, 1861, in preparation for the Civil War, 2. Lincoln, President, authorizes the for-mation of the Second Mass. Regiment to serve during the war, 9. His first
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 9: Greeley's presidential campaign-his death (search)
all the disabilities named in this amendment, the vote was, yeas, 132; nays, 70; not two-thirds, as was necessary to pass the resolution, Dawes, Garfield, and Hale voting with the yeas. While Greeley was not identified personally with the civil service reformers, he was the leader of those Republicans who demanded an end of all proscription for participation in the rebellion. With the laying down of the rebel arms he had lifted up his voice for magnanimity toward the South. The day after Lee's surrender the Tribune said (May 10, 1865): We can not believe it wise or well to take the life of any man who shall have submitted to the national authority, explaining, Unquestionably, there are men in the South who have richly deserved condign punishment. Whoever is responsible for the butchery of our black soldiers vanquished in fight, or the still more atrocious murder of captives by wanton exposure in prison-camps, stands in this category. But the immediate issue concerns, not the d
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