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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 48 (search)
t if conducted under the exclusive control of Gen. Lee, it would be of vast benefit to the army. vacuation. The stores will be brought here for Lee's army. What will be the price of gold then? ile source of supplies; however, at this moment Lee is deriving some subsistence from that source be. It seems that his spies informed him that Gen. Lee was evacuating Richmond, and under the supposntrate on his left, massing 200,000 men between Lee and his supplies, effectually cutting his commurmy. The papers to-day contain a letter from Gen. Lee, advocating the measure as a necessity. Mr. H McNeill's exploit. Another dispatch from Gen. Lee says detachments of Gen. Vaughan's cavalry a will make Virginia a free State, inasmuch as Gen. Lee must evacuate it for the want of negro troopso-day. He looks down, dark, and dissatisfied. Lee's army eats without him. I see nothing of Lieuta successful Secretary. The President and Gen. Lee were out at Camp Lee to-day, urging the retur[34 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 49 (search)
r I learn we have 330 guns and 90 mortars under Lee; enough to make a great noise yet! Lieut.-Gtriving to get mechanics out of the service. Gen. Lee says the time has arrived when the necessity pray that our flight be not in the winter. Gen. Lee was closeted with the Secretary of War severanemy's cavalry has reached Hanover County. Gen. R. E. Lee has ordered Major-Gen. Fitz Lee's cavalry t the gates! The Secretary of War visited Gen. Lee's headquarters on Saturday afternoon, and hasce! The following official dispatch, from Gen. Lee, was received yesterday: headquarters armiesnto the hands of the enemy. A dispatch from Lee states that Gen. Thomas is at Knoxville, and thorder keeping me at home. The dispatch of Gen. Lee, I fear, indicates that our late attempt to b to defeat the effort of the enemy to destroy Gen. Lee's communications with his Southern depots of avy firing has been heard in that direction. Gen. Lee announces no result yet. We have 2,000,00[30 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XLIX. April, 1865 (search)
enemy. evacuation of Richmond. surrender of Gen. Lee. occupation of Richmond by Federal forces. ner, is dead. The following dispatch from Gen. Lee is just (10 A. M.) received: headquarters, Ah our lines and attained the South Side Road. Gen. Lee has dispatched the Secretary to have everythi, etc., if indeed anything is to be burned. Lee must have met with an awful calamity. The Prest Lieut.-Gen. A. P. Hill was killed, and that Gen. Lee was wounded. Doubtless it was a battle of grlia Court House, on the Danville Road, and that Lee, Johnston and Hardee having come up, defeated Getter than we did. Two rumors prevail: that Lee gained a victory on Monday, and that Lee has caLee has capitulated, with 35,000 men. The policy of the conquerors here, I believe, is still undecided, of recent battles, and the probable success of Lee and Johnston. But all is doubt and uncertainty, consider the cause at an end. A letter from Gen. Lee has been found, and its authenticity vouched [3 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 9: Robert E. Lee in command. (search)
nt, R. E. Lee, General. The brigades under Generals Lawton and Whiting were transported as above ordered. As indicated in his letter to General Jackson, General Lee's plan was a simultaneous attack on General McClellan's army front and rear. Following his instructions for General Jackson, on the same day he ordered his cavFourth, Fayetteville, Ark., February 4, 1879. General James Longstreet: My Dear General,-- I never heard of the proposed abandonment of Richmond at the time General Lee took command. I had charge of one of the four divisions with which the retreat from Yorktown was effected, and was called several times into General Lee's mostGeneral Lee's most important councils. I never heard any officer suggest such a course in these councils or in private conversations. I feel sure that General Johnston always intended to fight the invading force, and so far as I know no officer of rank entertained any other view. I remember very well that some days before the council on the
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 11: battle of Malvern Hill. (search)
he opening of the campaign he had in hand one hundred and five thousand men. General Lee's returns were not accurately made, but a fair estimate puts his numbers betMalvern Hill with his regularly organized army of veterans. They say, too, that Lee should have captured McClellan and his army. So thought General Lee, but some oGeneral Lee, but some of his leaders were working at cross-purposes, and did not have that close attention that the times called for. We may now consider the probable result of the plan mapped out and ordered by General Lee in his letter of June 11th to General Jackson had it been followed, --i.e., Jackson to march down the right bank of the Pamun the Valley district and attack McClellan's rear east of the Chickahominy, while Lee attacked from the Richmond side with his army. On the Richmond side, McClellan le of Gaines's Mill, where the troops from the Valley were reinforced by four of Lee's choice divisions and most of his cavalry,--more than doubling Jackson's column
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 12: Halleck and Pope in Federal command. (search)
edar Mountain confidence in and esteem for General Lee the Confederate commander's plans for cuttlellan's army at Harrison's Landing assured General Lee of his opportunity for attention to the mov bold front as a diversion, seeking to draw General Lee away from McClellan. So General Lee senGeneral Lee sent General A. P. Hill with his division to reinforce Jackson, with orders to the latter to strike oud the ground of the battle of Malvern Hill. General Lee ordered the divisions of McLaws, D. R. Jone from following the operations of the armies of Lee and Pope, it should be remarked that the latter Inaction of the Army of the Potomac gave General Lee opportunity for movement of his troops towao join me. Before despatching my corps, General Lee expressed his thought to advance the right ven days about Richmond established between General Lee and his first lieutenant relations of confiategy, and this preference was expressed to General Lee. His letter of August 14, 1862. He joined [1 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 14: Second battle of Manassas (Bull Run). (search)
noon the First Corps started on the march via Dranesville for Leesburg and the Potomac River, followed on the third by the Second. The results to the Confederates of the several engagements about Manassas Plains were seven thousand prisoners, two thousand of the enemy's wounded, thirty pieces of artillery, many thousand small-arms picked up from the field, and many colors, besides the captures made at Manassas Junction by General Jackson. Rebellion Record, vol. XII. part II. p. 558. General Lee's report. A fair estimate of forces engaged: Federal army, aggregate63,000 Confederates53,600 Losses between Rappahannock River and Washington: Federals, aggregate 15,000 Confederates10,000 The figures are given in round numbers, as the safest approximate estimate, but the records now accessible give accurate details of losses in each command about the same as these. And so it came to pass that from Cedar Run and Bull Run we had the term All Run. It is due to the ga
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 15: the Maryland campaign. (search)
eral. Major-General D. H. Hill, Commanding Division. so framed was issued. It may be well to digress from my narrative for a moment just here to remark that General Lee's confidence in the strength of his army, the situation of affairs, and the value of the moral effect upon the country, North and South, was made fully manifesre he found the Union troops in battle array along Bolivar Heights. I marched across South Mountain at Turner's Pass, and bivouacked near its western base. General Lee ordered my move continued to Hagerstown. The plans of the Confederates, as blocked out, anticipated the surrender of Harper's Ferry on Friday, the 12th, or Sat Pleasant Valley, one close under South Mountain, the other hugging the foot-hills of Elk Ridge,--the latter rugged, little used. Harper's Ferry, against which Lee's new movement was directed, nestles at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, on the Virginia side, under the towering cliffs of Maryland or Cumberla
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 16: the lost order --South Mountain. (search)
that this rebel army, which I have good reasons for believing amounts to 120,000 men or more, and know to be commanded by Lee in person, intended to attempt penetrating Pennsylvania. The officers told their friends here that they were going to Harhould be made subordinate to placing this army in proper condition to meet the large rebel force in our front. Unless General Lee has changed his plans, I expect a severe general engagement to-morrow. I feel confident that there is now no rebel fod with, and they outnumber me when united. Geo. B. McClellan, Major-General. With the knowledge afforded by securing Lee's lost order the passes of the South Mountain became important points. If he could force them, McClellan might fall on the divided columns of the Confederates and reach Harper's Ferry in time to save its garrison; but Lee received intelligence of his only moderate forward movement, and, without knowing then how it came to be made, recalled a force to make resistance,
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 20: review of the Maryland campaign. (search)
the Union columns converged in easy, cautious marches. At noon of the 13th, General Lee's order distributing his forces and a despatch from the Governor of Pennsylvatched him that the Union signal station on Maryland Heights had gone down. General Lee's signals failed to connect, so that General McClellan was better informed opui. A word in closing about the chiefs opposed in this great campaign. General Lee and General McClellan were both graduates of the United States Military Acadnt. In moral tone and habits they may be called exemplars. In his service, General Lee's pride was duty to his government and to the army under his command. He loies better. General McClellan's ambition was not so limited. In stature General Lee stood five feet ten inches, was of well-developed muscular figure, as trim aadmirable presence. Both were masters of the science but not of the art of war. Lee was successful in Virginia; McClellan in Maryland. Unjust criticism has been
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