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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 10: Second Manassas-SharpsburgFredericksburg (search)
he invasion of Maryland; thus I missed the campaign against Pope and the first Maryland campaign, the great battles of secone the battery to move with the army when it marched against Pope. One section was equipped a little later and caught up in st ready. Therefore I saw nothing of the campaigns against Pope in Virginia and McClellan in Maryland, and if I am to keep rgia. Soon Willis began to talk of the campaign against Pope, which he regarded as Jackson's masterpiece, and as he had said dastardly-way in which Jackson managed to find out all Pope's plans and purposes, and yet to elude and delude and deceiis skirmish line, that is, arrange to have them captured by Pope's troops in a particular position, from which even the skirrt, it must be admitted that all of Jackson's dealings with Pope, about this time, were disingenuous in the extreme. Someont in front, in the famous position in the railroad cut, and Pope's whole army moved upon him. They advanced in imposing arra
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 14: from the Rappahannock to the Potomac (search)
eneral scheme of defense; that is, as diversions, as derangements of the general scheme of Federal invasion. General Lee was a soldier who thoroughly appreciated the value of an offensive defensive. He never allowed his adversary quietly to mature and uninterruptedly to adhere to and carry out his own plan of campaign. Although conducting a defensive struggle, he was yet generally the attacking party. It was so in the Seven Days battles with Mc-Clellan, so in the Manassas campaign with Pope and the Maryland campaign that followed. It was so at Chancellorsville. And even in 1864, after the resources and fighting strength of the Confederacy had been so fearfully reduced, when Grant entered the Wilderness, Lee immediately pressed in after him and closed with him in a death grapple in the very heart of the jungle. But perhaps the most perfect instance and illustration of this characteristic feature of Lee's strategy and tactics, and of the real significance of his two invasion
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 17: between Gettysburg and the Wilderness (search)
eworthy how exactly this estimate was fulfilled and confirmed, not only at Gettysburg, but in the campaign of the succeeding autumn upon Virginia soil, in which Meade showed himself to be able and cautious, wary and lithe; incomparably superior to Pope or Burnside, or even Hooker. In October, at Bristoe Station, when we were attempting to outflank him, as we had done Pope, he not only escaped by giving such attention to his lines of retreat as the latter had boasted he would not give, but he acPope, he not only escaped by giving such attention to his lines of retreat as the latter had boasted he would not give, but he actually inflicted upon us a decided defeat, accentuated by the almost unparalleled capture of five pieces of artillery; and that, when his force engaged was inferior to ours. In November, at the tete-de-pontt at Rappahannock Bridge, he wrote for us what Colonel Taylor calls the saddest chapter in the history of this army, by snapping up two brigades, of twelve or fifteen hundred men, and four pieces of artillery, which had been exposed, by an arrangement of his lines more nearly questionable per