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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Address on the character of General R. E. Lee, delivered in Richmond on Wednesday, January 19th, 1876, the anniversary of General Lee's birth (search)
e not by one army nor by many armies in succession, but by the combined force of the armies in his front and in his rear. Vicksburg it was, not Cemetery Hill, which baffled the army of Northern Virginia; at Nashville and Atlanta, not from the lines of Petersburg came the deadly blows; and the ragged remnant of Appomattox surrendered not to the valor or skill of the men they had so often met and overcome, but to the men they had never seen, and yielded neither to stubborn Grant nor braggart Sheridan, but to the triumphant hosts of Rosecrans, of Thomas and of Sherman. It is not hard then, my friends, to see that history will hold Lee to be a great soldier, wise in counsel, patient in preparation, swift in decision, terrible in onset, tenacious of hold, sullen in retreat, a true son of that Berserker race that rushed from the bosom of Europe's darkest age, furious to fight, lovers of battle, destined to sweep away the old world and to mould the modern. Rightly to estimate his power
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 2.9 (search)
elaware could be exchanged and sent to confront this ruthless, heartless destroyer of the homes. and subsistence of helpless women and children. We would teach him a wholesome lesson. The paragraph quoted reminds me of a letter written by General Sheridan. After the battle of Fisher's Hill, he wrote from Strasburg as follows: Lieutenant J. R. Meigs, my engineer officer, was murdered beyond Harrisburg, near Dayton. For this atrocious act, all the houses within an area of five miles were burnave forever stained his name and cause, dishonored his country and disgraced his triumph. The grand, glorious and humane Lee and his chivalrous officers and brave men disdained to retaliate by imitating the cruel deeds of the malignant Sherman, Sheridan and Grant and their hordes of reckless ruffians. We have just reason to be proud of the magnanimous conduct of our peerless leader, while the Yankees must hang their heads in shame at the evil deeds perpetrated by their chosen commanders. In S
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Early's Valley campaign. (search)
whose incapacity had long been obvious, by Phil. Sheridan, one of the most energetic and unscrupulouurned up the Valley, being slowly followed by Sheridan, who had now taken command of the Middle Depae to about twelve thousand men, while that of Sheridan exceeded forty thousand. Notwithstanding thesooner turned his back on the mountains, than Sheridan threw his whole force against Early at Winchevident that, if left unopposed in the Valley, Sheridan would immediately concert a plan of co-operats less than seven thousand men, while that of Sheridan was greater by at least four to one. Sheri their forces. About the first of October, Sheridan retraced his steps down the Valley to the neifor several weeks. By this return of fortune Sheridan not only recovered all that had been lost in rry his rations. Before the spring was open, Sheridan was in motion with a cavalry or rather mounten their arms, and, almost without opposition, Sheridan carried the position, compelling Early with h[13 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 3.19 (search)
ethodist minister, of the Twelfth Georgia infantry; Lieutenant W. H. Chew, of Seventh Georgia cavalry--both old collegemates of mine; Captain A. C. Gibson, of the Fourth Georgia; Captain J. W. Fannin, of the Sixty-first Alabama, formerly a private in my company, and Captain L. S. Chitwood, of Fifth Alabama, among the new arrivals, are all old acquaintances and friends of mine. Fifty-nine officers and several hundred men, belonging to Wharton's command in the Valley of Virginia, captured by Sheridan, were brought to the fort, and several officers from Fort La Fayette, including General R. L. Page, arrived soon after. The latter were captured at Fort Morgan, near Mobile. March 16th Miss Eliza Jamison, my fair unknown friend of Baltimore, sent me five dollars, promised to correspond with me herself, and enclosed a bright, sparkling letter, full of wit and humor, from a young lady friend of hers, signed Mamie, offering to write to me once in awhile to cheer me in my prison life. M
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Nation on our discussion of the prison question. (search)
read? Answers to these questions may be abundantly found by referring to the orders of Major-General John Pope, directing his men to live on the country ; the orders of General Sherman, in fulfilling his avowed purpose to make Georgia howl as he smashed things generally in that great march, which left smoking, blackened ruins and desolated fields to mark his progress; the orders of General Grant to his Lieutenant, to desolate the rich wheat-growing Valley of Virginia; or the reports of General Sheridan, boasting of the number of barns he had burned, the mills he had destroyed, and the large amount of wheat he had given to the flames, until there was really more truth than poetry in his boast that he had made the Shenandoah Valley such a waste that even a crow flying over would be compelled to carry his own rations. We have these and other similar orders of Federal Generals in our archives (we propose to give hereafter a few choice extracts from them), and we respectfully submit that,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Field telegrams. (search)
16th June, 1864. Mr. D. H. Wood, Transportation Office, Richmond, Virginia: Trains are not wanted at Rice's turnout, about which inquiry was made this morning; do not send them. R. E. Lee, General. Official: W. H. Taylor, A. A. G. Drewry's Bluff, June 16th, 1864, 8 P. M. General Wade Hampton, Pole Cat Station: Dispatches of to-day received. Our cavalry north and south of Chickahominy have been advised of movements of bearer of dispatches; also to endeavor to ascertain movements of Sheridan, and to unite with you when practicable to crush him. Keep them advised of his movements. R. E. Lee. Drewry's Bluff, Midnight, 16th June, 1864. President or Superintendent Richmond and Petersburg Railroad, Richmond, Virginia: The line of breastworks across Bermuda Neck is being reoccupied by our troops. General Anderson reports that the enemy tore up and burned about half a mile of the railroad below Walthall junction. Preparations should be made to repair this portion of the track