Lee and Longstreet at High Tide: Gettysburg in the Light of the Official Records
The author, 1904 - 346 Seiten
General Robert E. Lee, in the early years of the war was unmatched as a tactician, and after his victories in 1862 and early 1863, he seemed unbeatable. The First Corps of his army was commanded by the competent James Longstreet, affectionately called "my old warhorse" by General Lee. Realizing the evolving nature of combat, Longstreet veered away from the Napoleonic style of offensive warfare and preferred tactical defense. At the Battle of Gettysburg, however, Longstreet was forced to attack the lines of Union Army on July 2nd and 3rd. Despite his competence in command, the attacks failed and the battle was lost. After the war, a group of former Confederate generals referred to as the "Lost Cause" movement villainized Longstreet for his support of Reconstruction and criticized his leadership during the war. In "Lee and Longstreet at High Tide," Helen Dortch Longstreet, the General's second wife, attempts to clear her husband's name and tell his side of the events at Gettysburg. A unique and entertaining read, this historical work provides valuable insight into the life and mind of one of the Confederacy's greatest generals.
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Seite 210 - GENERAL: Your note of last evening, in reply to mine of same date, asking the condition on which I will accept the surrender of the army of Northern Virginia, is just received. In reply I would say that, peace being my great desire, there is but one condition I would insist upon, namely: That the men and officers surrendered shall be disqualified for taking up arms again against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged.
Seite 210 - GENERAL, -I received, at a late hour, your note of to-day in answer to mine of yesterday. I did not intend to propose the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, but to ask the terms of your proposition. To be frank, I do not think the emergency has arisen to call for the surrender.
Seite 209 - GENERAL : — I have received your note of this date. Though not entertaining the opinion you express on the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of the Army of Northern Virginia...
Seite 89 - When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side, into which as he went, he said, "Death, where is thy sting?" and, as he went down deeper, he said, " Grave, where is thy victory?" So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.
Seite 302 - He who ascends to mountain-tops, shall find The loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds and snow; He who surpasses or subdues mankind, Must look down on the hate of those below. Though high above the sun of glory glow, And far beneath the earth and ocean spread, Round him are icy rocks, and loudly blow Contending tempests on his naked head, And thus reward the toils which to those summits led.
Seite 210 - I would say, that peace being my great desire, there is but one condition I would insist upon — namely. That the men and officers surrendered shall be disqualified for taking up arms again against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged. I will meet you, or will designate officers to meet any officers you may name...
Seite 51 - COLONEL: If the artillery fire does not have the effect to drive off the enemy or greatly demoralize him, so as to make our efforts pretty certain, I would prefer that you should not advise General Pickett to make the charge. I shall rely a great deal on your good judgment to determine the matter, and shall expect you to let General Pickett know when the moment offers.
Seite 51 - If you are coming at all, come at once, or I cannot give you proper support, but the enemy's fire has not slackened at all. At least eighteen guns are still firing from the cemetery itself, ALEXANDER.
Seite 49 - The enemy is there, and I am going to strike him." I felt then that it was my duty to express my convictions; I said: " General, l have been a soldier all my life. I have been with soldiers engaged in fights by couples, by squads, companies, regiments, divisions, and armies, and should know, as well as any one, what soldiers can do. It is my opinion that no fifteen thousand men ever arrayed for battle can take that position,