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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Literary notices. (search)
3-34), would be compelled to admit the overwhelming proofs of the genuiness of this report. We have only space to repeat them very briefly : 1. The report was originally published in 1869--nearly two years before General Lee's death — by Mr. Wm. Swinton (author of the Army of the Potomac ) in the february number of the Historical Magazine, New York. 2. In April, 1869, General Lee told General Early that he had received the published copy of the report and that it was substantially correct. 3. Colonel Charles Marshall, General Lee's Military Secretary, stated that he had lent Mr. Swinton the original rough draft of the report from which a copy had been made for General Lee, and which was the same as that published in the Historical Magazine. 4. The copy from which we printed was a Ms. found among the papers of Michael Kelly, who was a clerk in General Cooper's office, and was identical with the copy printed in the Historical Magazine (and afterwards reprinted in the South
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Williamsburg and the charge of the Twenty-fourth Virginia of Early's brigade. (search)
gade by a real charge with the bayonet, and this statement is again and again repeated, until Mr. Swinton, generally accurate, amplifies upon it thus: A few of the enemy who approached nearest the fort were bayoneted --[Army of the Potomac, Swinton, page 116]--and he adds a note: This is official. Rather a doubtful verification, seeing the exceeding great difference in those days between facts giving back and retreating (some by orders and some without), or even feigning to retreat, as Mr. Swinton says (page 116), should have held their ground, and when the venturesome regiment came up; qu them a taste of cold steel. But so in fact it was. And in answer to General McClellan and Mr. Swinton and others, the writer hereof, who led the charge of those who approached nearest the fort ; harge made by them, therefore, must have been after the Twenty-fourth had retired; and if, as Mr. Swinton says, any of those who approached nearest the fort were bayoneted, it must have been after th
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Facts connected with the concentration of the army of the Mississippi before Shiloh, April, 1862. (search)
eneral Beauregard repeated what he had said to me. General Johnston remarked that this would never do, and proceeded to assign reasons for that opinion. He then asked what I thought of it. I replied that my troops were in as good condition as they had ever been; that they were eager for battle; that to retire now would operate injuriously upon them, and that I thought we ought to attack. This conversation is the substance of the council of war about which so much has been written by Swinton and others. We believe it is the only official record of it left by a participant. W. M. P. In all that I have said as to the delay I do not wish to be understood as casting blame upon any of the commands preceding General Polk. They and their commanders did their best in the march, as in the battle. General Beauregard, in his official report, tells the story when he says: It was expected we should be able to reach the enemy's lines in time to attack him on the 5th instant. The men,