Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer

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The Neale Publishing Company, 1905 - United States - 315 pages
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Page 312 - After passing General Lee and his Staff, I rode on through the woods in the direction in which I had left Longstreet. I soon began to meet many wounded men returning from the front; many of them asked in piteous tones the way to a doctor or an ambulance. The further I got, the greater became the number of the wounded. At last I...
Page 315 - ... to the rear. His face, which is always placid and cheerful, did not show signs of the slightest disappointment, care, or annoyance, and he was addressing to every soldier he met a few words of encouragement, such as, 'All this will come right in the end ; we'll talk it over afterwards ; but, in the meantime, all good men must rally. We want all good and true men just now,
Page 314 - ... whole of his staff being engaged in a similar manner further to the rear. His face, which is always placid and cheerful, did not show signs of the slightest disappointment, care, or annoyance...
Page 313 - When I got close up to General Longstreet, I saw one of his regiments advancing through the woods in good order, so thinking I was just in time to see the attack, I remarked to the General that "I wouldn't have missed this for anything.
Page 128 - possessed as good a military mind as any general on either side; but in that fortunate combination of qualities— physical, mental, and moral — which go to make up a great commander General Lee was unquestionably more favored than any of the leaders in the Civil War.
Page 303 - He generally wears a well-worn long grey jacket, a high black felt hat, and blue trousers tucked into his Wellington boots. I never saw him carry arms ;* and the only mark of his military rank are the three stars on his collar. He rides a handsome horse, which is extremely well groomed. He himself is very neat in his dress and person, and in the most arduous marches he always looks smart and...
Page 294 - I am directed to say that throughout the campaign on which we are engaged you have exhibited a want of confidence in the efforts and plans which the commanding general has thought proper to adopt, and he is apprehensive that this feeling will extend more or less to the troops under your command.
Page 303 - ... set up — a thorough soldier in appearance — and his manners are most courteous, and full of dignity. He is a perfect gentleman in every respect. I imagine no man has so few enemies, or is so universally esteemed. Throughout the South all agree in pronouncing him as near perfection as a man can be.
Page 314 - ... remember seeing a General (Pettigrew, I think it was) come up to him, and report that ' he was unable to bring his men up again.' Longstreet turned upon him and replied, with some sarcasm, * Very well ; never mind, then, General; just let them remain where they are; the enemy's going to advance, and will spare you the trouble.

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