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Personal Reminiscences (search for this): chapter 60
erse and correspondence embracing all manner of delicate and difficult situations, to possess that quality which is the consummate flower of wisdom— unerring judgment combined with exquisite taste. The literature that may be found in the letters of the great, unfolds the very essence of the genius of the men, and of the times they lived in; and in my humble judgment it were sufficient to read the letters written by General Lee, and which are collated in the beautiful memorial volume Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes and Letters of General R. E. Lee, by J Wm. Jones, Secretary Southern Historical Society. prepared by Rev. Dr. J. Wm. Jones, to discern that the writer was one who profoundly comprehended the topics of the day, and wielded a pen as vigorous and polished as his sword. And when we contemplate in connection with his deeds, the fair and lofty character that is mirrored in them, we behold one whose strong, equitable and wide-reaching mind was such that had he devoted it to jur
t this stage of his career, the reputation of Lee, as a General, had sensibly declined. The fall of General Joseph E. Johnston and the Oppor-Tunity of Lee. Meanwhile the Army of Northern Virginia had made a name in history under its famous commander, Joseph E. Johnston, and I cannot speak that name without bowing the homage of my heart to the illustrious soldier and noble gentleman who bears it. Under his sagacious and brilliant leadership, his forces had been suddenly withdrawn from Patterson's front near Winchester, and united with those of General Beauregard at Manassas; and there, led by those two Generals, the joint command had, on July 21st, 1861, routed the Army of the Potomac in the first pitched battle of the war; had given earnest of what the volunteers of the South could do in action, and had crowned the new-born Confederacy with the glory of splendid military achievement. Still later in the progress of events, Johnston had exhibited again his strategic skill in hold
Jubal A. Early (search for this): chapter 60
raordinary interest, and deserves a place in our records. General J. A. Early, First Vice-President of the Lee Memorial Association, presiwise counsels of such men as Robert E. Scott, Robert Y. Conrad, Jubal A. Early, John B. Baldwin, Samuel McDowell Moore, and A. H. H. Stuart, snet, as he styled it, is confronting Lee near Chancellorsville, and Early is holding Sedgwick at bay at Fredericksburg, Jackson, who, under Ltain the whereabouts of his adversary, the next scence unfolds: General Early has planned and executed a flank march around Winchester, worthments of Lee's greatest Lieutenant,—the ever-to-be-counted — on Jubal A. Early, who had been dispatched to meet him with a force not half his the Potomac to save Washington, which was trembling at the sound of Early's guns. In that wonderful campaign of Lee from the Wilderness to Prom his horse and put up a farmer's fence. In the city of York General Early had in general orders prohibited the burning of buildings conta
W. T. Sherman (search for this): chapter 60
e some noble mind survive when the physical powers of nature have been exhausted. Like a rock of old ocean, it had received, and broken, and hurled back into the deep in bloody foam those swiftly succeeding waves of four years of incessant battle; but now the rock itself was wearing away, and still the waves came on. A new enemy was approaching the sturdy devoted band. In September, 1864, Atlanta fell, and through Georgia to the sea, with fire and sword, swept the victorious columns of Sherman. In January, 1865, the head of the column had been turned northward; and in February, Columbia and Charleston shared the fate that had already befallen Savannah. Yes, a new enemy was approaching the Army of Northern Virginia, and this time in the rear. The homes of the soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia from the Southern States were now in ashes. Wives, mothers and sisters were wanderers under the wintry skies, flying from the invaders who smote and spared not in their relentless
omens of civil war. Crowning the green slopes of the Virginia hills that overlook the Potomac, and embowered in stately trees, stood the venerable mansion of Arlington, facing a prospect of varied and imposing beauty. Its broad porch, and wide-spread wings, held out open arms, as it were, to welcome the coming guest. Its simpt pastures, and many a wildwood scene; and to penetrate its deepest recesses with the halcyon charm that ever lingers about the thought of Home. The host of Arlington. The head of the house established here was a man whom Nature had richly endowed with graces of person, and high qualities of head and heart. Fame had alreaddaughters had risen up to call them blessed, and there, decorated with his country's honors and surrounded by love, obedience, and troops of friends, the host of Arlington seemed to have filled the measure of generous desire with whatever of fame or happiness fortune can add to virtue. And had the pilgrim started in quest of some
Robert E. Lee (search for this): chapter 60
which it was placed there should fail. General Lee thus answered: Mr. President and Gentle I pause not here to defend the course of General Lee, as that defence may be drawn from the Cons place to utter it. And to my mind there is for Lee and his compatriots a loftier and truer vindicaizes that he meets an equal and a generous foe. Lee had penetrated the year before to the heart of livar Christian of Staunton, suggested that General Lee be invited to accept the Presidency of the ctor of the board, was appointed to apprise General Lee of the fact. At first General Lee hesitateGeneral Lee hesitated. He modestly distrusted his own competency to fulfill the trust, and he feared that the hostilits were, and how great were his attractions, General Lee accepted the position tendered him, and on ildren's children hold that debt sacred. General Lee's administration as College President. G term. Amongst other changes introduced by General Lee was the substitution of the elective system[6 more...]
eople; and he justly weighed their strength as a military power. When men spoke of how easily the South would repel invasion he said: You forget that we are all Americans. And when they prophesied a battle and a peace, he predicted that it would take at least four years to fight out the impending conflict. None was more consciou, it would have been for us Confederates who achieved great victories, and were in turn cast down, to have gloried likewise, that we in our time had conquered as Americans, and were by Americans nobly conquered. But when we recall that our honored and faithful President is disfranchised simply because he was our chief, and bravelyAmericans nobly conquered. But when we recall that our honored and faithful President is disfranchised simply because he was our chief, and bravely, ably served our cause, the iron enters our soul and represses the generous emotions that well up in them. And we can only lament that shallow politicians have proven unworthy of the American name, and are not imbued with the great free spirit of a great free people. We have not a thought or fancy or desire to undo the perpetuit
George Washington (search for this): chapter 60
the same strains of English blood from which Washington sprang, and was united in marriage with Maryh belonged to the elder generation; and with Washington as his exemplar of manhood and his ideal of in glorious deeds of arms, the twin names of Washington and Lee. Liberty Hall Academy. It wation for the virtues and services of General George Washington, donated him one hundred shares of sof the country. The condition granted, President Washington in 1796—for he had then become Presidennceton, Light Horse Harry Lee, the friend of Washington, had something to do in guiding the benefactressed to him by the Board of Trustees, President Washington said: To promote literature in this ris Institute was burned and the very statue of Washington which adorned it was carried off as a trophynental Congress to put Gates in the place of Washington, denominating him a weak General. Never didagainst the forms of established power. George Washington won against a kingdom whose seat was thr[1 more...]
John Thornton (search for this): chapter 60
with the ruins of an Empire falling on his shoulders, and the gory remnants of his army staggering under the thick blows of the advancing foe, we see Lee turning aside from the column, and riding up to the home of the widow of the gallant Colonel John Thornton, who had fallen at Sharpsburg. I have not time to tarry, he says, but I could not pass by without stopping a moment to pay my respects to the widow of my honored soldier, Colonel Thornton, and tender her my deepest sympathy in the sore bColonel Thornton, and tender her my deepest sympathy in the sore bereavement she sustained when the country was deprived of his invaluable services. Three of his sons were there in the army with him; but they were too noble to seek, and he too noble to bestow honors, because of the tie of blood. One of them, a private in the artillery, served his gun with his fellows. Another he is requested by President Davis to assign to command an army, but he will not be the medium of exalting his own house, though a superior ask that it be done, and though his son de
Virginian Napoleon (search for this): chapter 60
rave and simple majesty which commanded instant reverence and repressed familiarity; and yet so charmed by a certain modesty and gracious deference, that reverence and confidence were ever ready to kindle into affection. It was impossible to look upon him, and not to recognize at a glance that in him, nature gave assurance of a man created great and good. Mounted in the field, and at the head of his troops, a glimpse of Lee, was an inspiration. His figure was as distinctive as that of Napoleon. Ah! soldiers! who can forget it? The black slouch hat; the cavalry boots; the dark cape; the plain gray coat without an ornament but the three stars on the collar; the calm, victorious face; the splendid, manly figure on the gray warhorse, that steps as if proudly conscious of his rider; he looked every inch the true knight—the grand, invincible champion of a great principle. Mental attributes and attainments. The intellectual abilities of General Lee were of the highest order, and
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