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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
p side gay feathers danced. Or can we imagine him with the devil-may-care look and jaunty bearing generally ascribed as attributes of the rough rider ? We can not fancy him charging the French columns with the fury of a Ponsonby at Waterloo; or riding boot to boot with dashing Cardigan and his death or glory squadrons into the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell at Balaklava; or side by side with fearless Murat and his twelve thousand cavalry at Jena; or as fast and furious as Stuart, or Sheridan, Forrest, or Custer. And yet it is safe to say, had the opportunity offered, this new cavalry officer would have been found equal to the emergency. The cavalry genius of Cromwell is readily admitted, in spite of the fact that he was forty-four years of age when he first drew his sword, and Lee was now forty-six. General Foy, in his history of the Peninsular War, writes: Apres les qualities necessaire[s]? au commandant en chef, le talent de guerre plus sublime est celui du general de caval
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 13: campaign in Virginia.-Bristol Station.-mine Run.-Wilderness. (search)
Meade, had now to measure swords with Grant. Sheridan, too, made his first bow in Virginia at this lorsville. So on the 9th of May, at 6 A. M., Sheridan, clearing widely Lee's right, turned toward R riding over the chord of the arc traveled by Sheridan, reached Yellow Tavern, six miles from Richmond, on the 11th, before Sheridan, and were thrown directly across his route. Here a fierce though msome troops from below Richmond, so that when Sheridan finally broke through them and arrived in froRiver between us. Fearing he might unite with Sheridan and make a sudden and rapid move upon Richmon and conduct him to the Army of the Potomac. Sheridan started on the 7th with the divisions of Greg by each trooper. On the evening of the 10th Sheridan bivouacked three miles from Trevilian's Statiesville. Here he was attacked on the 12th by Sheridan, all of whose assaults-principally apon Genermmandwere handsomely repulsed, and that night Sheridan started back to his army, having accomplished[6 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 14: siege of Petersburg. (search)
he command of it given, on August 7th, to General Sheridan. With the Sixth and Nineteenth Corps, anw, in order to induce Grant to send troops to Sheridan equivalent to Longstreet's whole corps. In t; but Grant refused to follow the precedent. Sheridan had already an army numerically equal to the again moved down the Valley to Fisher's Hill, Sheridan retiring in his front to Cedar Creek. Here ht, said Lee to Breckinridge on February 21st, Sheridan to move up the Valley, and Stoneman from Knoxconnecting link with the Southern States. Sheridan's large cavalry corps, supported by Warren's ouse road on the 31st, and attacked and drove Sheridan's cavalry corps back to the courthouse. Nighth Corps, which had moved during the night to Sheridan's assistance, from attacking their left rear. Sheridan followed with Warren's infantry and his cavalry; Pickett's line of battle ran along the W, his aid-de-camp, first gave him the news of Sheridan's success at 9 P. M. that night as he was sit[6 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 15: evacuation of Richmond and the Petersburg lines.--retreat and surrender. (search)
ty-two miles from Petersburg; the other under Sheridan, who had the cavalry corps and Second, Fifth,of the Danville Railroad taken away from him. Sheridan arrived at Jetersville — on the Danville Railthere as ordered, he might have moved against Sheridan at Jetersville very early on the 5th with hise with the Second, Fifth, and Sixth Corps and Sheridan's cavalry at Amelia Court House early on the that evening to Lynchburg. The delay allowed Sheridan — with two divisions of cavalry, followed by nchburg; but the plan could not be executed. Sheridan had been joined by Crook, and had thrown the d seventy-three. (Report of March 31, 1865.) Sheridan's cavalry, thirteen thousand eight hundred ancided that Gordon and Fitz Lee should attack Sheridan's cavalry at daylight on the 9th and open thet he was barely in time, for, in spite of General Sheridan's attempts, the cavalry was falling back joined by General Grant, his staff, and Generals Sheridan and Ord. Grant sat at a marble-topped ta
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Index. (search)
William H., mentioned, 175, 179, 180, 194, 195, 196, 200, 202, 216, 218, 219, 220, 239, 262, 268, 305, 306. Hamilton's Crossing, 226, 227. Hampton, General, Wade, mentioned, 181, 183, 205, 219, 224, 241; wounded at Gettysburg, 298; confronts Sheridan, 344. Hampton Roads, Va., 27. Hancock, General Winfield S., notice of, 47; mentioned, 230, 272, 281, 334, 339, 347, 362. Hanover Court House, 153, 158, 305. Hardee, General, James, mentioned, 269. Hardee, General William J., 54, 58, 4. Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, 275, 276, 291. Seminole War, the, 32. Seven days battle, 201. Seven Pines, battle of, 151. Seventh United States Infantry, 32. Sharpsburg, the battle of, 208. Shaw, Mrs., James, mentioned, 14. Sheridan, General Philip H., notice of, 327; cavalry raid, 343; sent to the Valley, 352; victory at Fisher's Hill, 353; defeats Early, 353; at Five Forks, 377; at Titusville, 383. Sherman, Senator, John, 103. Sherman, General William T., at Savannah,