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ncy of the United States, he was called to the post of Secretary of War. When the war broke out in 1861 he entered the Confederate army as Brigadier-General, and for a time commanded a part of the forces in Western Virginia. He was afterwards transferred to the army of the West, and was at Fort Donelson, where he participated in the terrible battle that preceded the loss of that stronghold. With Gen. Pillow and several thousand men he withdrew from the Fort before it was surrendered to Gen. Grant. Failing health disqualified him for the arduous duties of a soldier, and he retired to his home in Virginia. In little more than a year and a half after the Fort Donelson affair he was in his grave. It is pleasing to know that in his last illness he turned with a penitent heart to Christ Jesus as his only hope of salvation. Rev. E. E. Wexler, of the Holston Conference, M. E. Church, South, was called to see him in his last hours, and gives a description of the scene: I was summoned
d myself, rode together into that devoted city. The regiment to which I was then chaplain had been captured at Big Black, and as I had no duties to perform, I told those brethren that I should make my escape from the city before the enemy's lines were thrown around us, and requested them to join me. Bro. B. refused, saying he should stick to his men; and P. refused to leave 13. alone. I obtained leave of absence and made my escape by riding all night alone, and found myself outside of Grant's lines the next morning, and went into Selma, Ala., where I spent the summer. I requested Bishop Paine to give me a commission as a missionary to Gen. Price's army, which was then in Arkansas. I obtained it, and left the house of Robert A. Baker, my cousin, in Alabama, on the 15th of September, 1863. I succeeded in making the trip, crossing the Mississippi, just below Bolivar, swimming my horse, and arrived in Gen. Price's camp early in October. My first work was to organize all the c
promise of a year of great battles. After the repeated failures of six successive Federal Generals to take Richmond, General Grant was appointed to the command of all the Federal armies, and he fixed his headquarters with the Army of the Potomac. Gs of that dreary Wilderness over which the storm of battle soon burst in all its power. In the lovely month of May General Grant began his movement towards Richmond. He crossed the Rappahannock at Ely's and Germana fords. Gen. Lee sent two corpsderate silently moved the mass of his army, and the Federals found more work on hand than they were able to do. To aid Grant in his movement from the line of the Rappahannock a heavy Federal force was concentrated on James river between Richmond almost as unfortunate there as lie had been in the Valley of Virginia earlier in the war. The battles between Lee and Grant in the Wilderness and at Spottsylvania Courthouse, between the 4th and 13th of May, were the fiercest ever seen on this c
Chapter 23: summer of 1864. The boast of General Grant while the movements described in the preceding chapter were going on, was, that he would fight it out on that line if it took all summer; but after the bloody repulses in the Wilderness and at Spottsylvania Courthouse, he thought better of the matter, and edged his way doon either of those rivers. But with a strange pertinacity he fought his way down, losing, it is estimated, not less than 75,000 men. On Friday, the 3d of June, Grant appeared on the Chickahominy and attempted to cross that stream at the Grape Vine bridge. General Lee drew up his army to oppose him, and here was fought one of thdevoted soldiers feel and die. May the mantles of these Christian warriors fall upon their companions in arms. Along the lines in front of Petersburg, after General Grant had crossed the James and taken position on the south side, the meetings were resumed with great interest and success. I held a prayer-meeting, says Rev. G. W
ty thousand men, had a line forty miles long in front of Gen. Grant, with his splendidly equipped force of a hundred and fift would have been successful. The evident purpose of General Grant to move his left wing far enough to the south of Petery your enemy halted. Meanwhile Lee has turned back to meet Grant and surrendered his command. Sheridan swung his cavalry art to bury in a common grave. The interview between Generals Grant and Lee has often been described. We give the following from Gen. George H. Snarp, who was a member of General Grant's staff, and who witnessed the scene: They met in the parlor of a small brown house Gen. Grant sat in a rocking chair, not appearing to the best advantage, as he was without his sss neat and soldier-like, down to the well-polished spurs. Grant apologized for not being equipped, having ridden out withouf the Union. Then General Lee glanced reproachfully toward Grant, as though to say, You might have spared me this. The ne