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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
and forever after is my constant prayer.
The American commander promptly availed himself of the talents of the engineer and summoned Lee to his side, and in the memorable campaign which followed, Lee was his military adviser and possessed his entire confidence.
The high estimation and cordial friendship which the army commander ever thereafter displayed for his subordinate was born at Vera Cruz.
The city of Vera Cruz was surrounded by a wall and strengthened by forts, the castle of San Juan de Ulloa, its fortress, was defended by four hundred guns and five thousand men under General Morales.
The soldierly genius of Scott at once told him there were but two ways to capture the city-either by storming or by the scientific principles of regular siege approaches.
In his Little Cabinet, as he called it (it appears he was even then thinking of a future presidency)-consisting of Colonel Totten, Chief Engineer; Lieutenant-Colonel Hitchcock, Acting Inspector General; Captain R. E. L