The Campaigns of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Volume 222

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J. Murphy & Company, 1872 - United States - 54 pages
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Page 42 - We must destroy this army of Grant's before he gets to James River, if he gets there, it will become a siege, and then it will be a mere question of time.
Page 14 - I should like to know whether you feel secure about Washington, should this army be destroyed. I shall fight it as long as a man will stand up to the work.
Page 30 - Our artillery had always been superior to that of the rebels, as was also our infantry, except in discipline; and that, for reasons not necessary to mention, never did equal Lee's army. With a rank and file vastly inferior to our own, intellectually and physically, that army has, by discipline alone, acquired a character for steadiness and efficiency unsurpassed, in my judgment, in ancient or modern times. We have not been able to rival it, nor has there been any near approximation to it in the other...
Page 10 - I incline to think that Jackson will attack my right and rear. The rebel force is stated at two hundred thousand (200,000,) including Jackson and Beauregard. I shall have to contend against vastly superior odds if these reports be true.
Page 41 - It will be difficult to get the world to understand the odds against which we fought." It is known by some in the South, the survivors of those armies who tracked the frozen roads of Virginia with bleeding feet; whose breakfast was often nothing but water from a road-side well and whose dinner nothing but a tightened belt.
Page 14 - My Dear General : You have done nobly. Don't yield another inch if you can avoid it All reserves are being sent forward.
Page 15 - Jackson, so that by twelve or one o'clock in the day, we were confronted by forces greatly superior to our own ; and these forces were being every moment largely increased by fresh arrivals of the enemy from the direction of Thoroughfare Gap.
Page 26 - Our whole force present was not much more than half that of the enemy, which crossed over to the south side of the river. This signal victory, in which the enemy's loss was very heavy, and ours comparatively light, closed the operations for the year 1 862.
Page 30 - This was the impression made by that army under the inspiration of its great leader on " fighting Joe," as he was called. The impression made on Lincoln, at that time, may be gathered from a telegram sent to Butterfield, Hooker's chief-of-staff, who was on the North of the river. The telegram was sent, when Hooker had taken refuge in his new works in rear of Chancellorsville, and Sedgwick was cut off in the bend of the river, and is as follows, in full: " Where is General Hooker ? Where is Sedgwick...
Page 50 - When asked for our vindication, we can triumphantly point to the graves of Lee and Jackson and look the world squarely in the face. Let them, the descendant of the Cavalier from tide-water, and the scion of the Scotch-Irish stock from the mountains of Northwestern Virginia, lie here, in this middle ground, and let their memories be cherished and mingled together in that harmony which characterized them during their glorious companionship in arms. " Nor would it be at all profitable to institute a...

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