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Gettysburg (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.3
Our Gettysburg series. The origin of the series of papers on Gettysburg which we have published since AuGettysburg which we have published since August last, was the following letter of enquiry which we have recently received permission from its distinguish brought upon the Confederate arms the repulse at Gettysburg with its fatal consequences were the following: icers think now of the causes of their repulse at Gettysburg. Believe me, dear sir, yours truly, L. P. D'Oing climbed into the top of a very tall tree near Gettysburg, which overlooked all the woody country. I had syplanning general encountered the fearful odds at Gettysburg without his faithful mirror, the cavalry, and wit him on these two occasions, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, will remember that Lee at Chancellorsville (wherition to defeat the hostile host. In the days at Gettysburg this quiet self-possessed calmness was wanting. feeling of security reigned in all the ranks. At Gettysburg there was cannonading without real effect, desult
Chancellorsville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.3
ere directed does not show the same co-ordination which ensured the success of the Southern arms at Gaines' Mill and Chancellorsville. 4th. 1 do not understand why Lee, having gained some success on the 2nd, but found the Federal position very strloss in making his dispositions. He felt uneasy, as Hood justly remarks. All who saw him on these two occasions, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, will remember that Lee at Chancellorsville (where I had the honor of being at his side in the brunt Chancellorsville (where I had the honor of being at his side in the brunt of the struggle), was full of calm, quiet, self-possession, feeling that he had done his duty to the utmost, and had brought the army into the most favorable position to defeat the hostile host. In the days at Gettysburg this quiet self-possessed ca What a difference from the systematic advance of the army from the Wilderness to the assault of the breastworks at Chancellorsville, where a unity of disposition and a feeling of security reigned in all the ranks. At Gettysburg there was cannonadi
remind me of the questions asked by the famous Committee on the Conduct of the war, which made the officers of our army smile. But the result of those poor questions is a splendid, rich, military harvest, which will most deeply interest every European soldier. I cannot remember, notwithstanding my earnest studies in military history, one case where the history of a battle has been so fully illustrated and illuminated by individual reports given by all of the prominent leaders — not immediahis own in the house. He doubled his fighting qualities, he made the most judicious use of his cavalry, and the result was splendid, for the campaign of 1864 to the closing scene at Appomattox was the most brilliant which Lee ever fought. We European soldiers have only one wish, and that is that, like the battles of 1861 to 1863, the last campaign may find Southern authors and authorities to give special narratives and correct details of that famous series of battles, concerning which we are
Providence, R. I. (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.3
ollowed by the thunder's crash: but he painfully and studiously labored in order to arrange those splendid dispositions fraught with the keenest and most hardy enterprises, and well worthy of the troops which were ordered to execute them. General Lee, in speaking to me of his dispositions, said: Captain, I do everything in my power to make my plans as perfect as possible, and to bring the troops upon the field of battle; the rest must be done by my generals and their troops, trusting to Providence for the victory. Thus he would successfully oppose immense odds, as the result of his thorough preparation, so long as he was minutely advised of the whereabouts, strength, and intentions of the enemy. The eyes by which he saw these things, as my friend Colonel Taylor justly observes, was his cavalry, and without these he was groping unsafely in the dark night. But in all these cases General Jackson (who had his special information coupled with his natural instincts, his sudden impu
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.3
Historical Society: Dear sir: I am writing the account of the battle of Gettysburg, and consider that chapter as the most important, the most difficult to write of the whole work which I have undertaken. I share the opinion of those who think that the Confederate cause was not a lost cause from the beginning; that it may have been successful; and therefore I seek with great care to find out why it did not succeed. The battle of Gettysburg, coupled with the surrender of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, is, in that respect, the turning point of the war. The Army of Northern Virginia, when it invaded the Northern States was more powerful than it had ever been before. The issue of the invasion was disastrous for the Confederate cause. This is a mere fact which neither a Southerner nor a Northerner can dispute. Therefore, I must show the causes of this disaster without any disparagement for the army or its leader, just as I pointed out the causes of the ill successes of McClellan and
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.3
r have enrolled otherwise, and who became experienced soldiers in ‘64, and, moreover, it diminished for one or two years the resisting powers of the Confederate army. 2d. If the invasion was to be undertaken, only raiding parties should have been sent until the Army of the Potomac should have been defeated. It was a great mistake to bring her on the Northern soil, where they fought ten times better than in Virginia. A real invasion, viz: the establishment of the Confederate army in Pennsylvania, with its communications well secured, was an imniossibility as long as the Federal army was not crushed. The proof is, that as soon as the latter began to move, Lee, who had undertaken nothing but a raid on a too large scale, found himself so much endangered that he was obliged to fight an offensive battle on the ground where Meade chose to wait for him. He ought to have manoeuvered in Virginia so as to bring on a battle before crossing the Potomac. 3rd. The way in which the fights
Sevilla (Colombia) (search for this): chapter 1.3
ht into the way in which the campaign, and especially the battle of Gettysburg was managed by General Lee and his subordinates. It will be seen in the letter from our friend Major Scheibert, of the Prussian Royal Engineers, which we publish below, that he regards these papers as of the very highest interest and value. We have thought proper to prefix these remarks to the letter which originated the series, which we now give in full as follows: Letter from the Count of Paris. Sevilla, January 21st, 1877. Rev. J. Wm. Jones, D. D., Secretary Southern Historical Society: Dear sir: I am writing the account of the battle of Gettysburg, and consider that chapter as the most important, the most difficult to write of the whole work which I have undertaken. I share the opinion of those who think that the Confederate cause was not a lost cause from the beginning; that it may have been successful; and therefore I seek with great care to find out why it did not succeed. The ba
Gaines Mill (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.3
, that as soon as the latter began to move, Lee, who had undertaken nothing but a raid on a too large scale, found himself so much endangered that he was obliged to fight an offensive battle on the ground where Meade chose to wait for him. He ought to have manoeuvered in Virginia so as to bring on a battle before crossing the Potomac. 3rd. The way in which the fights of the 2nd of July were directed does not show the same co-ordination which ensured the success of the Southern arms at Gaines' Mill and Chancellorsville. 4th. 1 do not understand why Lee, having gained some success on the 2nd, but found the Federal position very strong, did not attempt to turn it by the south, which was its weak place, by extending his right so as to endanger Meade's communications with Washington. 5th. The heroic but foolish attack of Pickett, on the 3rd, should never have been attempted. Longstreet seems to think that it was imposed upon him against his will by Lee. General Early says distin
Vicksburg (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.3
retary Southern Historical Society: Dear sir: I am writing the account of the battle of Gettysburg, and consider that chapter as the most important, the most difficult to write of the whole work which I have undertaken. I share the opinion of those who think that the Confederate cause was not a lost cause from the beginning; that it may have been successful; and therefore I seek with great care to find out why it did not succeed. The battle of Gettysburg, coupled with the surrender of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, is, in that respect, the turning point of the war. The Army of Northern Virginia, when it invaded the Northern States was more powerful than it had ever been before. The issue of the invasion was disastrous for the Confederate cause. This is a mere fact which neither a Southerner nor a Northerner can dispute. Therefore, I must show the causes of this disaster without any disparagement for the army or its leader, just as I pointed out the causes of the ill successes o
Paris, Ky. (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.3
ide history, selecting representatives of every corps and division of our army, and of every arm of the service. The replies received we forwarded to the Count of Paris, and have published in our papers without note or comment of our own. Besides these we have published at different times the official reports of Generals R. E. ave published have made a series which has excited wide interest and attention, and called forth warm expressions as to their value and importance. The Count of Paris says, in a recent letter concerning these papers: I cannot say how valuable, how interesting for one who wishes to reach the truth, these letters are. As far as ope. We have thought proper to prefix these remarks to the letter which originated the series, which we now give in full as follows: Letter from the Count of Paris. Sevilla, January 21st, 1877. Rev. J. Wm. Jones, D. D., Secretary Southern Historical Society: Dear sir: I am writing the account of the battle of Gettysbu
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