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ourt-House, on the enemy's right and rear! This explains, then, said one, why Lee sent him such heavy reenforcements. After his brilliant series of victories oves is evidently the plan, and, if properly executed, will redound to the glory of Lee, who framed it. McClellan, however, is fully aware of this movement, and althoug is contemplated. There is no particle of doubt that it is contemplated, but Lee will not weaken any point of his lines until the decisive moment, for McClellan might attack on a weak side. When Jackson is in position, you will see Lee's divisions move as if by magic! He has changed all our brigades entirely within the t mean? I do not know, said another, that my reasons are correct, but I think Lee has simply acquiesced in the long-expressed desire which State regiments have haroops. Although they had been soundly thrashed by Jackson in the Valley, and by Lee at this place, they spoke of strategic movements, change of base, etc., as solem
id every thing I could imagine to court sleep; but just as my eyes closed, some. one would shove me and inquire: Where is Lee's Headquarters? Is this Longstreet's division? and so on. At other times, I suddenly awoke and found some one mounting mck in the manner they did, and their gunners seemed to pity the immense sacrifice to which we had been exposed. Could not Lee have assumed command at this point when things were evidently going wrong? Undoubtedly; but then, say some, it would not r and artillerist there are few to surpass him, but intrust planning to him, and he fails. He can execute with vigor what Lee or Jackson are well fitted to plan, nothing more. When it was discovered that McClellan had again retired, and was in full retreat, Lee instantly recommenced the advance, although it rained in floods. But the Federals seemed to have vanished once more in this densely-timbered swamp. The outposts saw no signs of them, and most of the day was lost before it was asc
hen British forces had occupied the same spot. Lee, therefore, did not seem at all inclined to pusseemed certain, from the general activity, that Lee did not contemplate much idleness while summer mself for a speech, I tell you, gentlemen, that Lee's plan surpasses any thing I have ever read in the business without shifting about so much as Lee seems to desire. A brigade or division is thro McClellan's line of retreat, however, and made Lee acquainted with it; but when the Federals took ield all day, and was ordered from the front by Lee; nor would the guards permit him, as a citizen,front, and occupied an old deserted house, when Lee, being informed, requested him to go to the reaalf-a-dozen, and at Malvern Hill as many more. Lee estimates the captured field-guns at forty or mirect line. Some one remarked to Magruder that Lee was pushing the enemy closely on the north banf the rebel capital! From early indications, Lee was satisfied that McClellan would not again op[5 more...]
combinations of the enemy developing by McClellan on our right and Pope on the left preparations and dispositions of General Lee Jackson is sent in the van what he does, and the manner of doing it he breaks the advance corps of his old friend Bpeninsula, which he now considered untenable. But before this final movement of the much-abused McClellan took place, General Lee perceived the scene of action was rapidly changing from the James to the Rappahannock, and that every available man atn to whistle ominously, and with a mysterious wink in the direction of the Shenandoah Valley, would sarcastically observe, Lee's short of rations again! Jackson's detailed to go to the commissary! in allusion to the immense supplies more than onced effected his — escape from Harrison's Landing, and was doubtless transporting his troops to Washington. It was possibly Lee's plan to overwhelm Pope and his Army of Virginia ere the remains of McClellan's Army of the Potomac could come to his ass
prise which promised his capture. While General Lee was making the demonstrations to which I ham before the possible arrival of Longstreet and Lee. Whatever the object in view, Pope signally faih loud applause, not unmingled with regret that Lee was still absent, it being certain that hostili think it is a general action, for I understand Lee has not passed here many hours, and he would suManassas at a rattling pace, feeling certain if Lee arrived there would be lively times in the mornrmed that a courier had brought orders from General Lee to that effect! From General Lee? said heGeneral Lee? said he, his eyes glowing with rage. Where is that courier? he asked. There he goes now, General, gallo brigadier. As I have already told you- by General Lee's! I have orders for Longstreet, and must boughed the ground in all directions around him. Lee in the centre, calm and collected, moved from p Ferry. Pope had been unmercifully thrashed by Lee in this memorable battle, and every Southerner [1 more...]
changed from point to point by the rapidity of Lee's movements Retrospect the strong position ofon their flanks near Fairfax or Fall's Church. Lee, at the same time, will push the rear — mind if on the left flank of the retreating enemy, and Lee began his advance upon Centreville. Little opplry finding Jackson close upon their flank, and Lee in hot pursuit at the rear, in the neighborhoodected by the humblest drummer in our ranks that Lee would attempt any assault upon Arlington Height rush for Richmond by the Manassas route, while Lee was far away, their progress would be stopped ast moment we put foot on Maryland soil. General Lee had issued a stirring Address to the Maryla time in doing so.. This, in fact, was all that Lee originally intended, as the events that now rapgs! A lady present told him that a few of Fitz-Hugh Lee's cavalry had just left. Goot! Young voomove up the Potomac towards Williamsport to join Lee, and participate in the great engagement which [3 more...]
McClellan's unaccountable inaction activity of Lee and Jackson engagements at the South Mountain ment would have left Maryland unprotected, and Lee might have marched on to Washington without sern's movements. He could have had no doubt that Lee would have willingly availed himself of such a least; or, by suddenly and rapidly marching on Lee and Longstreet, have forced an engagement, and into Maryland again, and was quietly waiting in Lee's lines for the Federal advance. When Lee wLee was made aware of D. H. Hill's retreat from the various gaps in the South Mountain, and that McClell the Antietam; Longstreet commanding the right, Lee the centre, and D. H. Hill the left; but our li bided our time patiently, feeling assured that Lee had successfully deceived them as to our positiheir troops in that direction, thus forewarning Lee where to send all available reenforcements thated up towards our lines. They were met by Fitz-Hugh Lee, and sharp fighting ensued; but the latter
blue Ridge, and has Headquarters at Warrenton Lee marches in a parallel line through the Shenandopossession of Winchester gave opportunities for Lee to pass between him and Washington. Having the Blue Ridge; thus always presenting front to Lee, who in a parallel line slowly proceeded up the without making the shadow of resistance. Fitz-Hugh Lee and Hampton also frequently distinguished their covert of smoking and burning ruins. Lee seemed perfectly satisfied with the aspect of a is possible, judging from his inactivity, that Lee was not desirous of molesting their labors, buty in telegraphing orders from, point to point. Lee, Longstreet, and Jackson, had been in frequent When the first gun had opened in the morning, Lee slowly trotted along our whole front, and took ound and through it at several points; but when Lee observed the feebleness of their attack in thateints made lower down the river he had deceived Lee as to his true designs, and that troops being s[4 more...]
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with two divisions of cavalry, his own and Fitz-Hugh Lee's. Sheridan moved to the north side ofx or seven miles east of Trevilian, while Fitz-Hugh Lee was the same night at Trevilian Station ane was great consternation in Richmond, and that Lee was coming out to make an attack upon us — the Washington, and with this reduction of my force Lee might very readily have spared some troops fromIt was the object, therefore, to get as many of Lee's troops away from the south side of the James autz's cavalry of the Army of the James, get by Lee's lines and destroy as much as they could of th play upon them; and it was nine o'clock before Lee got up reinforcements from his right to join inthe mine, and finding that most of that part of Lee's army which had been drawn north of the James f infantry and the cavalry next morning, before Lee could get his forces back, to destroy fifteen ohe valley was so great to the Confederates that Lee reinforced Early, but not to the extent that we[7 more...]
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Valley, Early falling back to Strasburg. On the 12th I learned that Lee had sent twenty pieces of artillery, two divisions of infantry and a drive him out of the valley and destroy that source of supplies for Lee's army. I knew it was impossible for me to get orders through Washiy. He had sent G. T. Anderson's division east of the Blue Ridge [to Lee] before I went to Harpers Ferry; and about the time I arrived there at him. I replied to the President that I had taken steps to prevent Lee from sending reinforcements to Early, by attacking the former where he was. On the 28th of September, to retain Lee in his position, I sent Ord with the 18th corps and Birney with the 10th corps to make an the river. Meade was instructed to watch the enemy closely and, if Lee weakened his lines, to make an attack. On the 30th these troops n of Washington or the valley towards Lynchburg. We would then have Lee so surrounded that his supplies would be cut off entirely, making it
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