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In an address on The campaigns of Gen. Robert E. Lee, delivered at Washington and Lee University in 1872, on January 19th, Lee's birthday, Gen.Lee's birthday, Gen. Jubal A. Early says: Holmes' command, over six thousand strong, did not actually engage in any of the battles.
But Col. Walter H. Taylor, in his Four years with General Lee, published in 1877, alrGeneral Lee, published in 1877, already referred to, repeats three times — on pages 51, 53, and 54-that Holmes' command numbered ten thousand or more; and it is obvious, upon a comparison of the two statements, that Early's figures, od for such a service,--whatever his other qualifications may have been.
As before stated, General Lee left but twenty-eight thousand men on the Richmond side of the Chickahominy when he crossed tthe fruits of victory.
But here are more than one-third of these fresh troops, and the very ones Lee had arranged should cut off the retreat of his gallant foe, that never got into action at all, an