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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.8 (search)
hich passed between us at the office of our mutual friend, Judge George L. Christian, I have only to say that the present is the first moment which I have felt that I could give any attention to your request, and even now I am forced to do so under circumstances which will not allow me to do justice to the matter in question. Nevertheless I submit the following: Early in 1862, when General McDowell was preparing for an advance upon Richmond from the direction of Fredericksburg, and General McClellan was moving up from the Peninsula, the Governor of Virginia was authorized by act of the Confederate Congress, then in session, to call for 2,000 men to man the batteries around Richmond. When Captain J. B. Jones and myself, in view of the advantages which would be enjoyed by the people of Chesterfield to enlist in its service, raised a company, composed largely of men who werebeyond the age of conscription, and tendered our services to the Governor. By whom we were accepted and assig
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Historical address of the former commander of Grimes Battery. (search)
Then on the 24th of May we were sent to Drewry's Bluff. and at midnight on the 28th reached Richmond, sleeping the balance of the night on the stone steps of the custom house. Next morning, Mrs. K. Adams, who kept a bakery, generously treated the whole company to a hot breakfast, which they enjoyed and so highly appreciated that the men afterwards held a meeting and adopted resolutions of thanks, which were presented to her by a special committee. That day we turned our faces toward McClellan, who was advancing on Richmond from the Peninsula. On the 25th of June we had two guns in action at French's Farm, and on July 1st our battery was hotly engaged at famous Malvern Hill, where we lost three men killed and seven wounded, and had fifteen horses killed and wounded. The conduct of our company was highly complimented by General Armistead. On the night of the 28th of July we were in action with the gunboats and transports at City Point. When we turned westward for the fi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.28 (search)
t day, the 17th of September, our regiment, the Thirty-second Virginia, had lost in killed and wounded forty-five per cent. (The poor boy was afterwards killed at Second Cold Harbor.) After a hard march we reached the ford (Boteler's, just below Shepherdstown) at daybreak and crossed the Potomac, and marched up the river opposite Shepherdstown, halted, and two men from each company detailed to fill our canteens. At that time General Jackson rode up and directed General McLaws to strike McClellan about Dunkards' Church and drive him back. Kershaw's Brigade rested near the church, Barksdale's next, Semmes's next, Cobb's Legion next, I think, and Fitz Lee's cavalry next on the river. I think that was about the formation of the line about where we went in the battle. I will say just here that Captain R. I,. Henley (afterwards Judge 0f James City County), as we were on the way to the field procured a musket, and, as was his custom, went in the fight with his old company, C. He was
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.29 (search)
g effect in the derangement and check it caused to McClellan's whole plan of campaign. Apart from these largergic importance, the possession of which would make McClellan, by menacing or passing Johnston's left flank to mch a movement, and junction of Banks's forces with McClellan's is of the utmost military importance, and you wi Confederate flank. On the morning of the 20th, McClellan telegraphed to Stone, at Poolesville, Md., that Ge So Stone's demonstration at Ball's Bluff deranged McClellan's plan for a general advance of his army. On th disaster, at the time and since it occurred. General McClellan sought to allay the popular wrath and clamor wshown by this battle, he was totally lacking. General McClellan and the leading officer's of Baker's brigade, ir voices were drowned in the prevailing fury. In McClellan's Own Story, he writes that Stone was a most charm Stone its victim, later on led to the downfall of McClellan and the displacement of many others of that gallan
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.30 (search)
Brigadier-General W. H. F. Lee, with the rank of captain. In August, 1863, he was made the commander of the Forty-eighth Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and in January, 1864, he was made the colonel of the Twenty fourth Regiment of Virginia Cavalry. Colonel Robins had eight horses shot under him in battle, and was wounded three times. He was riding by the side of Captain Latane when he (Latane) was killed. In his report of the celebrated ride around McClellan's army, Colonel Lee says: I should like to call your attention to the conduct of my adjutant, Lieutenant W. T. Robins, who conducted in a very handsome manner the advance of my regiment when it was in front, and the rear when it was in the rear. He was also in both of the charges. General Stuart, in his report, says: The regiment in front was the Ninth Virginia Cavalry (Colonel W. H. F. Lee), whose advance guard, entrusted to the command of the adjutant (Lieutenant Robins) did admirable
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.32 (search)
s, Ohio (see page 333 of above history), General McClellan writes General Scott a long letter, infof May, the greater part of which is from General McClellan. During these thirty-six days General MGeneral McClellan discloses all of his war plans on the border States of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. McClellan intimates to General Scott that he wanted to control all the territory from Cumberland,tt. In the correspondence referred to General McClellan manifests how anxious he was personally uthern States. In this correspondence General McClellan has written the story of his own life an select their white wives. And still, General McClellan was devoting all his talent and energy (h their unrighteous purposes. And since General McClellan planned and executed the first formidablan a passing notice to his character. General McClellan was born and reared in the North, and waVirginia, under Colonel Porterfield. General McClellan (from his letters) knew all about the we[15 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.33 (search)
s headquarters, that had been in the saddle. Later, north of the Potomac; the battle of Sharpsburg was fought when General McClellan went down in defeat the last time. This was more than the flesh and blood of which Mr. Lincoln and his Cabinet were made, could stand; and poor McClellan, although a man of fine war talent, and having exerted that talent with every power of his nature in behalf of his government, was bound to go, and not long thereafter was relieved of his command and retired day of July, 1861. It ,was the capture of this town on that day that made the great military reputation of General George B. McClellan, and the earthworks that we had just chased the Yankees out of were probably the product of his brain. GeneraGeneral McClellan was at Beverley reposing on his Rich Mountain laurels, where he and Rosecrans had more thousands than Colonel Heck had hundreds, when the administration at Washington in their dire discomfiture after the 21st of July, sent for him to com
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.35 (search)
ash, of Norfolk, Va., of the career of the Confederate gunboat Virginia, or Merrimac, the first iron-clad warship the world has ever known. The operations of General Burnside in North Carolina, in the rear of Norfolk, and the transfer of General McClellan's army from the neighborhood of Washington to the Virginia Peninsula, between the York and James rivers, in the spring of 1862, caused the Confederate authorities to determine to evacuate Norfolk and vicinity to prevent the capture of the 1te of March 17th, page 27, says: We fired nothing but solid cast-iron shot, and when we were directly abeam of her (Merrimac) and hit her our shot went right through her. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, G. V. Fox, in a telegram to Major-General George B. McClellan, at Fairfax Courthouse, dated Navy Department, March 13th, page 100, says: The Monitor is more than a match for the Merrimac, but she might be disabled in the next encounter. * * * The Monitor may, and I think will, destroy the M
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Index. (search)
nes on, 63; Last order of to Army of Northern Virginia, 110; commanded in West Virginia, 121, 245, 292; Abiding spirit of, 350, 387; Tribute to by B. H. Hill, 356. Lee, Captain, Wm. Fitzhugh, 364. Lee, General W. H. F., Rooney, 179, 192. Lee, General W. R., 273. Lemmon, George, 170. Lincoln, Mrs. A. 37. Lincoln, Proclamation, War, 281; Emancipation, 311. Lipscomb, Captain, Martin Meredith, 187. Long, General A. L., 2, 15 Louisiana, Purchase of, 61. Lynch, Wilson B., 149. McClellan, General Geo B., Career of, 284. McNeil, John A., 280, 294. Manassas, First Battle of, Heroism of the Maryland Line at, 170; 33rd Va. Infantry at, 363. Mann, Sergeant S. A., 97. March, Confederates in shortest time, 248. Marr, Captain, John Quincy, killed, 225. Maryland, Career of the first regiment, 172. Marshall, Colonel, Charles, 17. Marshall, Col. Thos. Children of, adopted by Mrs. Susan Lees, 36 Massie, Lieutenant Fletcher T., 243. Mayo, Colonel, Joseph, 327.