g time our cause seemed one of Herculean labor, and devoid of prospective success.
“Lee, for instance, was considered one of the finest engineers in the service, and was second only to Scott in the estimation and love of the people.
Albert Sydney Johnston stood perhaps higher as an active commander, but few, if any, surpassed him in a thorough knowledge of his profession, or greater ability in council.
His property and effects were in Northern hands; he was offered chief command in the field; but he abandoned all, and, bereft of every thing, offered himself to his native State.
Johnston, Beauregard, Van Dorn, Evans, Longstreet, Ewell, and a host of others, made similar sacrifices, and for a long time were without any settled rank or command.
They had to fight their way up, and have successfully done so. The same may be said of the navy.
Lynch, Tatnall, Ingraham, Hollins, and others, followed their illustrious example.
Maury — the world-renowed Maury-had all to lose and nothi