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sday, the thirtieth, General Lee ordered the line of march to be taken up for Gettysburgh, twenty miles distant in an easterly direction. In this movement Hill's corps was in the advance, and in the following order: Heth's division, Pender's division, Anderson's division; then Longstreet's corps, McLaws's division, Hood's division — Pickett's division being left at Chambersburgh to protect our rear and convoy the reserve trains. Two miles from Fayetteville we crossed the South-Mountain at Stephens's (Thaddeus) iron works, all of which were completely destroyed. Owing to the narrow road through the mountain pass, only two divisions of Hill's corps crossed the mountain on the thirtieth. Earry on Wednesday Hill's remaining division (Anderson's) and Longstreet's corps moved on after Hill's advance. At ten o'clock A. M. on the first instant, Heth's division being ahead, encountered the enemy's advance line — the Eleventh corps--about three miles west of Gettysburgh. Here a sharp en
Doc. 23.-the Mission of A. H. Stephens. The following is the correspondence relating to the mission of Alexander H. Stephens and Robert Ould at Fortress Monroe:Alexander H. Stephens and Robert Ould at Fortress Monroe: Fortress Monroe, July 4, 1863, U. S. Steamer Minnesota, two P. M. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: The following communication is just received from AAlexander H. Stephens, who is in the flag of truce boat, anchored above. I shall inform Mr. Stephens that I await your instructions before giving him an answer. S. HMr. Stephens that I await your instructions before giving him an answer. S. H. Lee, Admiral, etc. confederate States steamer Torpedo, James River, July 4, 1863. sir: As a military commissioner, I am the bearer of a communication in writinOuld, myself, the boat's officers and crew. Yours most respectfully, Alexander H. Stephens. To S. H. Lee, Admiral etc. Navy Department, July 4, 1863. To Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, Hampton Roads: The request of Alexander H. Stephens is inadmissible. The customary agents and channels are adequate for all needful communicatio
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 34.-the Mission of A. T. Stephens. (search)
Doc. 34.-the Mission of A. T. Stephens. Official correspondence. see Doc., 23, page 135 ante. Richmond, 2 July, 1863. Hon. A. H. Stephens, Richmond, Va.: sir: Having accepted your patriotic offer to proceed as a Military Commissioner, under a flag of truce, to Washington, you will receive herewith your letter of authority to the Commander-in-Chief of the army and navy of the United States. This letter is signed by me, as Commander-in-Chief of the confederate land and naval fo of the effort made to obtain it, and I can but entertain the belief that if the conference sought had been granted, mutual good could have been effected by it; and if this war, so unnatural, so unjust, so unchristian, and so inconsistent with every fundamental principle of American constitutional liberty, must needs continue to be waged against us, that at least some of its severer horrors, which now so eminently threaten, might have been avoided. Very respectfully, Alexander H. Stephens.
Doc. 42.-speech of Alex. H. Stephens. Richmond, July 25, 1863. Vice-President Stephens, who is on his way to the South, stopped at Charlotte, N. C., on FrVice-President Stephens, who is on his way to the South, stopped at Charlotte, N. C., on Friday night, and was serenaded by a large concourse of citizens. In reply he made them a speech about an hour in length. He commenced by alluding to the invasion offrom Lee over his own signature. He would come out all right in the end. Mr. Stephens next spoke of the surrender of Vicksburgh, and said that it was not an occur the bitter end for liberty and independence. As for reconstruction, said Mr. Stephens, such a thing was impossible-such an idea must not be tolerated for an instalve to die like men worthy of freedom. In regard to foreign intervention, Mr. Stephens advised his hearers to build no hopes on that yet awhile. He did not believherefore willing to allow it to continue awhile longer. The whole tone of Mr. Stephens's speech was very encouraging, and showed not the slightest sign of desponde
elf — that is nothing. On the third day of July, 1863, the Honorable Alexander H. Stephens, Vice-President of the confederate States of America, ran down from Ricre was brief correspondence between our Vice-President and your Government. Mr. Stephens desired audience for the purpose of presenting to the consideration of Mr. L upon the spirit and conduct of the war. Mr. Lincoln declined to confer with Mr. Stephens, and Mr. Stephens returned to Richmond. Not to waste words in controversy, Mr. Stephens returned to Richmond. Not to waste words in controversy, that, Mr. Tribune, was, I believe, the end of the expedition. But not the end of speculations as to its real object. The guesses of your journals have been far mo the troubles of prisoners, and alleviate the pains of the wounded. And had Mr. Stephens been so fortunate as to procure the audience he so frankly and simply soughtre proud of in an undistinguishable monstrosity of disgust and death. Randolph. See the Mission of Alexander H. Stephens, <*> pages. 135 and 199 Documents, ante.
he iron laid across, and the whole fired; the ties burn up, heating the iron bars in the centre, the ends fall down and the rail is effectually destroyed. Here the expedition camped. The next day at an early hour the troops were in motion, and when within two miles of Canton, Jackson's forces were discovered in position ready to meet an attack. He occupied the west side of Bear Creek, and his line extended from the creek along the road, and circling round to the woods on our left. Colonel Stephens, with the Second Wisconsin cavalry, was deployed to the right of the road in the open field, while a regiment of infantry of Colonel Wood's brigade was moved to the front as skirmishers. Two pieces of artillery were ordered forward and preparations made for attacking the enemy. Our forces took with them a large wagon train, numbering seventy-five wagons that were not yet parked. As they were in plain view from the enemy a movement was soon made by him to get possession of the train.