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the young Murat of the cavalry, General Lawton and his no less distinguished brother-in-law, E. Porter Alexander, the skilful engineer and accomplished artillery officer, for gallantry promoted to be Brigadier-General and Chief of Artillery of Longstreet's Corps; and Hardee, the scientific dauntless soldier; Walker, David R. Jones, Young, Denning, Colquitt, and a shining list I have not space to name. Mississippi gave her Ferguson, Barksdale, Martin, the two Adams, Featherston, Posey, and Fizer, who led an army on the ramparts of Knoxville but left his arm there, and a host of gallant men. Alabama sent us Deas, Law, Gracie, and James Longstreet, dubbed by Lee upon the field of Sharpsburg his old war horse, a stubborn fighter, who held the centre there with a scant force and a single battery of artillery; the gallant Twenty-seventh regiment of North Carolina troops, under Colonel Cooke, stood as support, without ammunition, but with flags waving to deceive the enemy. Three ti
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Defence of batteries Gregg and Whitworth, and the Evacuation of Petersburg. (search)
tox. The enemy had withdrawn from the north side of the James river all but. a small force on the 27th ult., but General Longstreet had not learned of it in time to render any assistance up to this date. The enemy moving by the flank, crossedly up to this date. C. M. Wilcox. In the afternoon, about 3 o'clock P. M., General Lee, in the presence of General Longstreet, General Heth and myself, sitting on the portico of Captain McQuaine's house, to the left and near the Cox road, a dictated the following order to his Adjutant-General, Col. W. H. Taylor: Headquarters A. N. Va. April 2d, 1865. Gens. Longstreet and Hill's corps will cross the pontoon bridge at Battesea factory and take the River road, north side of Appomattoxight. Gen. Gordon's corps will cross at Pocahontas and Railroad bridges, his troops taking Hickory road, following Gen. Longstreet to Bevel's bridge, and his wagons taking the Woodpecker road to Old Colville, endeavoring not to interfere with Maho
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Gen. Lee's strength and losses at Gettysburg. (search)
as estimated at not over 21,000 men. The loss actually was: In Longstreet's corps (see his report in the Southern Magazine, April, 1874), ing the estimates made of it at the time of the battle, by Lee, or Longstreet, or Ewell, or by citizens, we would expose ourselves to the ridice Confederate strength is a statement, reported as coming from Gen. Longstreet, that Lee had at Gettysburg 67,000 bayonets, or above 70,000 oMr. Swinton says (see his Army of the Potomac), were given him by Longstreet, in an interview soon after the war. Now, Mr. Swinton may have misunderstood Gen. Longstreet, and probably did, for this officer, in a letter on the batte of Gettysburg to the New Orleans Republican, dated ivisions each contained four brigades. The remaining division of Longstreet's corps (Pickett's) contained only three brigades, and these wereickett's division I have found puts it at 4,000. This would make Longstreet's corps 17,000. And averaging the other corps at the same, would
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Confederate loss at seven Pines.-letter from General J. E. Johnston. (search)
apers.] Richmond, June 22d, 1877. Rev. J. Wm. Jones, D. D., Secretary Southern Historical Society: Dear Sir: Major-General Longstreet's report of the battle of Seven Pines, as published in your Society's Papers-May and June, 1877-differs materialon of a list of killed, wounded, and missing in the paper you published. No such list was in the official report. General Longstreet's statement of his loss is in the sentence of his report next to the last, viz: A rough estimate of the loss on thi chief surgeon, Dr. J. S. D. Cullen.-See 3d paragraph from the end of the report. It is not to be supposed that General Longstreet would have written in the same report, and in such juxtaposition, that his loss was about 3,000, and that it was 4,r obedient servant, J. E. Johnston. [It is due to ourselves to say, in reference to the above, that we printed General Longstreet's report from a verbatim copy of the one recorded in the letter book kept at his own headquarters, and that we, of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A slander Refuted. (search)
ious to July 25th, 1863, have been duly exchanged, and are hereby so declared. Ro. Ould, Aqent of Exchangce. Richmond, September 12, 1863. By order: S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General. And if Mr. Blaine will not receive rebel authority, then the following is submitted: On page 74 of General Boynton's book (Sherman's Historical raid) the following telegram from Gen. Halleck, at Washington, to Burnside, in East Tennessee, is given: September 18,--. A part at least of Longstreet's corps is going to Atlanta. It is believed that Bragg, Johnston, and Hardee, with the exchanged prisoners from Vicksburg and Port Hudson, are concentrating against Rosecrans. You must give him all the aid you can. [Italics ours.] Either Mr. Blaine is mistaken, therefore, in giving General Grant as his authority for saying that these high-toned gentlemen and gallant soldiers violated their paroles, or else General Grant's memory is at variance with the facts. J. William Jones, Secre
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Causes of the defeat of Gen. Lee's Army at the battle of Gettysburg-opinions of leading Confederate soldiers. (search)
o, you will find that the troops threatening Longstreet's right were really only two brigades of cav controversy that arose last year between Gen. Longstreet and myself, which was produced by an artibut as this ground was to be.the position of Longstreet's corps, and as the withdrawal of troops forroceeded in person to hasten the movement of Longstreet. He was, however, met on the way with the welcome tidings that Longstreet's troops were in motion. Finding a convenient point, General Lee waing at the point of action, it was found that Longstreet was still absent. While waiting a Federal simpatience again urged him to go in quest of Longstreet. After proceeding about a mile, we discoverwrong direction. It was four o'clock before Longstreet was in position to attack. I here conclukett on the 3d should never have been made. Longstreet seems to think that it was imposed upon him hed by the Southern Historical Society, that Longstreet deferred it so long that the Second corps co[39 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Causes of the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg. (search)
uld prefer that you should not advise General Pickett to make the charge. I shall rely a great deal on your good judgment to determine the matter, and shall expect you to let General Pickett know when the moment offers. Respectfully, J. Longstreet, Lieut.-General. To Colonel E. P. Alexander, Artillery. This note at once suggested that there was some alternative to the attack, and placed me on the responsibility of deciding the question. I endeavored to avoid it by giving my views effect of driving the enemy's off, or having other effect such as to warrant us in making the attack. When that moment arrives advise General P., and of course advance such artillery as you can use in aiding the attack. Respectfully, J. Longstreet, Lieut.-General, Commanding. To Colonel Alexander. This letter again placed the responsibility upon me, and I felt it very deeply, for the day was rapidly advancing (it was about 12 M., or a little later), and whatever was to be done was
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Leading Confederates on the battle of Gettysburg. (search)
ent result would have been obtained; whether Longstreet unnecessarily delayed his attack on the secol, crossing on a given day at a given point; Longstreet will hold the gaps in the mountains and protg of these two corps; after Hill has crossed Longstreet will vacate the gaps, and follow Hill; on LoLongstreet vacating the gaps in the mountains, you will seize them and protect Longstreet's crossing; then follow Longstreet, throw yourself on the right flank of the army, watch the enemy, give me all by his right flank, separating himself from Longstreet, crossing the Potomac between the enemy and General Lee's army was disposed as follows: Longstreet's corps, at or near Chambersburg; Ewell's coe accidentally stumbled into this fight. Longstreet's attack on July 2 was, in my judgment, made and the thought occurred to me then that if Longstreet was successful night would rob him of the le my division, it would have been attacked by Longstreet, Ewell and Hill's corps. In that case the f[2 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official Reports of the battle of Gettysburg. (search)
aid, Lieutenant Scott, reported my two regiments, the Fourth and Fifth Texas, in the centre of General Law's brigade, and that they could not be moved without greatly injuring his line. I sent a request to General Law to look to them. At this point my A. A. and I. Gen. reported from the Fourth and Fifth, that they were hotly engaged and wanted reinforcements. MIy courier sent to General Hood returned and reported him wounded and carried from the field. I sent a messenger to Lieutenant General Longstreet for reinforcements, and at the same time sent to Generals Anderson and Benning, urging them to hurry up to my support. They came up, joined us, and fought gallantly, but as fast as we would break one line of the enemy another fresh one would present itself, the enemy reinforcing his lines in our front from his reserves at the base of the mountain to our right and front, and from his lines to our left, who, having no attack from us in his front, threw his forces from there on us.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Report of General H. L. Benning. (search)
Report of General H. L. Benning. Headquarters Benning's brigade, 3rd August, 1863. Major: In obedience to an order from the headquarters of this division, I have the honor to submit to you the following report of the operations of this brigade since it left Culpeper Courthouse for the other side of the Potomac: About 2 or 3 o'clock P. M., on the 2nd of July ultimo, I was informed by Major-General Hood that his division, as the right of Lieutenant-General Longstreet's corps, were about to attack the left of the enemy's line, and that in the attack my brigade would follow Law's brigade at the distance of about four hundred yards. In order to get to the place they assigned me, in the rear of General Law, it was necessary to move the brigade five or six hundred yards further to the right. Having done this, I advanced in line of battle. A wood intervened between us and the enemy, which, ~though it did not prevent their shells from reaching us and producing some casualties,
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