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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee 82 2 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore) 62 6 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Mass. officers and men who died. 32 32 Browse Search
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 10: The Armies and the Leaders. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 19 1 Browse Search
Elias Nason, McClellan's Own Story: the war for the union, the soldiers who fought it, the civilians who directed it, and his relations to them. 14 0 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 10 0 Browse Search
Judith White McGuire, Diary of a southern refugee during the war, by a lady of Virginia 8 0 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume I. 8 0 Browse Search
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 4: The Cavalry (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 8 0 Browse Search
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ere always stationed in the rear during a fight, to cut and shoot any who lagged behind or broke into disorder, allowing no one to pass from the field unless wounded I Here was a sad picture! Cavalry employed to force their infantry to the front! That this is true, is verified by scores, and I myself have seen their cavalry cut and thrust among them when routed, disordered, and unwilling to advance, particularly when our picket-posts were skirmishing in the vicinity of Munson's Hill and Arlington, during the month of September, 1861. Foot-sore, jaded, ragged, and oftentimes wounded, long files of prisoners passed us during the morning, feeling heartily glad to have fallen into our hands. Many sat by the roadside, chatting intelligently of the course of events ; one and all agreed that it was now impossible to surround McClellan, for he was near his transports, and had a large flotilla of gunboats, with ports open and ready to bombard our army, should we approach too near. Had
ned every thing, and ran also. Stevens and Kearny immediately faced about with their divisions; and while the latter was out reconnoitring, he suddenly came upon one of our Georgia regiments. Perceiving danger, he shouted, Don't fire-i'm a friend! but instantly wheeled his horse round, and, lying flat down upon the animal, had fairly escaped many bullets, when one struck him at the bottom of the spine, and, ranging upwards, killed him almost instantly. Fast as they retreated towards Arlington and Alexandria, they did not effect their inglorious flight within those mighty strongholds without much annoyance and loss from our active cavalry, who hung in clouds upon their rear, pistolling and sabring with but little opposition. All the roads, indeed, gave endless tokens of the many combats which had ensued, for dead, wounded, baggage, and prisoners were numerous. It was never expected by the humblest drummer in our ranks that Lee would attempt any assault upon Arlington Heights
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Virginia scenes in 1861. (search)
re-arms loaded. A watch was set where never before had eye or ear been lent to such a service. In short, peace had flown from the borders of Virginia. Although the newspapers were full of secession talk and the matter was eagerly discussed at our tables, I cannot remember that, as late as Christmastime of the year 1860, coming events had cast any definite shadow on our homes. The people in our neighborhood, of one opinion with their dear and honored friend, Colonel Robert E. Lee, of Arlington, were slow to accept the startling suggestion of disruption of the Union. At any rate, we enjoyed the usual holiday gathering of kinsfolk in the usual fashion. The old Vaucluse house, known for many years past as a center of cheerful hospitality in the county, threw wide open its doors to receive all the members who could be gathered there of a large family circle. The woods about were despoiled of Confederate battle-flag. See page 167. Vaucluse--a Virginia homestead. holly and sp
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., McDowell's advance to Bull Run. (search)
General Scott to submit an estimate of the number and composition of a column to be pushed toward Manassas Junction and perhaps the Gap, say in 4 or 5 days, to favor Patterson's attack upon Harper's Ferry. McDowell had then been in command at Arlington less than a week, his raw regiments south of the Potomac were not yet brigaded, and this was the first Fac-Simile of the face of a Washington pass of 1861. the bold signature of Drake De Kay on the passes issued by General Mansfield while on the ground writing a dispatch he fell asleep, pencil in hand, in the middle of a sentence. His adjutant-general aroused him; the dispatch was finished, and tie weary ride to the Potomac resumed. When the unfortunate commander dismounted at Arlington next forenoon in a soaking rain, after 32 hours in the saddle, his disastrous campaign of 6 days was closed. The first martial effervescence of the country was over. The three-months men went home, and the three-months chapter of the war e
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 16: second Manassa's. (search)
he Rapid Ann; and the results could not be expected to be so great. The Rappahannock, which was then in Pope's rear, and would have been a fatal obstacle to the retreat of his defeated army, was now in his front, and was' his defence. His communications were no longer exposed to a direct blow, but could only be reached by a dangerous, arduous, and circuitous march. And when the battle was fought and won, the beaten army would be within a day's march of its place of refuge, the lines of Arlington. Yet the vigor and courage of Jackson were trusted to effect this difficult enterprise. It was determined to march up the Rappahannock River, until a practicable crossing was found; and then to throw the corps of Jackson, which, being on the left, became the front in this movement, by forced marches to Manassa's Junction; and when his threatening presence there had called Pope away, to follow with the remainder of the army. The first essay in pursuance of this plan was made on the 21
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 17: the campaign in Maryland. (search)
rror of judgment. This commander was now seized with a panic for the safety of Washington, which obfuscated his own senses, and obstructed, for a time, every effort of McClellan to act with vigor against the invaders. He was haunted with the fear that the march into Maryland was a feint,--that only a small detachment was there, while the bulk of their army was somehow hidden away in some limbus in the woods of Fairfax, whence the terrible Jackson would suddenly emerge, seize the lines of Arlington while denuded of their defenders, and thunder with his cannon upon the White House. Again, he imagined that he would suddenly recross the Potomac somewhere in the mountains, march down its southern bank, pass it a third time below McClellan's army, and, approaching Washington by its north side, capture the place, with the precious persons of the President and his minions, before the latter General could turn about. A few days after, when he heard that Jackson was indeed passing to the so
o an advance, or other active operations which it was feasible for the army to undertake. To the first question I reply: No. The pursuit was obstructed by the enemy's troops at Centreville, as I have stated in my official report. In that report I have also said why no advance was made upon the enemy's capital (for reasons) as follows: The apparent freshness of the United States troops at Centreville, which checked our pursuit; the strong forces occupying the works near Georgetown, Arlington and Alexandria; the certainty, too, that General Patterson, if needed, would reach Washington with his army of more than 30,000, sooner than we could; and the condition and inadequate means of the army in ammunition, provision and transportation, prevented any serious thoughts of advancing against the Capital. To the second question, I reply, that it has never been feasible for the army to advance further than it has done — to the line of Fairfax Courthouse, with its advanced posts at
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
he two was respectively passed at Mount Vernon and Arlington, the same river rolling at their feet, while the othe daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, of Arlington, and Robert E. Lee, were married on the 30th of Ju They had known each other when she was a child at Arlington and he a young boy in Alexandria, some eight milesnd trousseau are in happy oblivion. Beautiful old Arlington was in all her glory that night. The stately manswife. A fine horse carried him every morning from Arlington to his Washington office and back every evening. hind him on horseback one evening on his return to Arlington. Macomb accepted the invitation, and the two gayland Michigan. Two years afterward he bade adieu to Arlington to obey an order to proceed to St. Louis to make efriends of those who perform them. Mr. Custis, of Arlington, was properly concerned about the claims to honorahigh appreciation of its commander. He wrote from Arlington, June 30, 1848, to his brother of the navy: H
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
be so, and that you and particularly all at Arlington and our friends elsewhere are well. The stethers? I hope you had a joyous Christmas at Arlington, and that it may be long and often repeated.ording to our own notions. Mr. Custis, of Arlington, was very fond of cats, and his large yellowthe Long Bridge. [Spans the Potomac between Arlington and Washington.] It will be an injury to theld pounce upon a kid as Tom Tita [the cat at Arlington] would on a mouse, and would whistle like a s father-in-law, Mr. Custis, recalled him to Arlington in the fall of that year; but he returned ast posterity. These articles were taken from Arlington, General McClellan writes, and put into the onel Lee was enjoying the hospitality of his Arlington home; having asked for the second furlough, ert Ould, and Lee returned to Washington and Arlington, and in a short time was again on his way to Once more, and for the last time, he was with his family under the roof of stately old Arlington. [1 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 4: War. (search)
ed and well-fed negroes ever existed than those at Arlington. He would not have fought to preserve slavery; he he was wrestling with this disturbing question at Arlington his old commander, Scott, just across the river, whis Rubicon was crossed, for the resignation Arlington, Washington City P. O., April 20, 1861. Honorable n of his feelings upon so momentous a subject: Arlington, Va., April 20, 1861. General: Since my interviewat time a commander in the United States Navy: Arlington, Va., April 20, 1861. my dear brother Smith: The e. It was necessary now to bid farewell to old Arlington, where so many happy memories of the past had cluster from General Lee to his wife, who was still at Arlington, April 30, 1861, tells her that he is glad to hearyou had better prepare all things for removal from Arlington — that is, plate, pictures, etc., and be prepared ay adopt I can not conjecture. And Mrs. Lee, from Arlington, May 5, 1861 , sent the following note to General
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