Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

 Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

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From the North Anna River the Federal Army moved by its left flank,seeking to find its adversary unprepared, but the Army of NorthernVirginia steadily confronted it, ever ready to receive any attack.At Cold Harbour they paused, facing each other, and General Grant,having received sixteen thousand men from Butler by way of Yorktownon June 1st, made an attack, but found our lines immovable. In his"Memoirs" he writes:

"June 2d was spent in getting troops into position for attack on the3d. On June 3d, we again assaulted the enemy's works in the hope ofdriving him from his position. In this attempt our loss was heavy,while that of the enemy, I have reason to believe, was comparativelylight."

This assault was repelled along the whole line, with the most terribleslaughter yet recorded in our war. Yet in a few hours these beatenmen were ordered to move up to our lines again. Swinton, the historianof the Army of the Potomac, thus describes what happened when thisorder was sent to the men:

"The order was issued through these officers" (the corps commanders)"To their subordinate commanders, and from them descended through thewonted channels; but no man stirred, and the immobile lines pronounceda verdict, silent, yet emphatic, against further slaughter. The losson the Union side in this sanguinary action was more than thirteenthousand, while on the part of the Confederates it is doubtful whetherit reached that many hundreds."

Colonel Walter H. Taylor, in his "Four Years with General Lee," says:

"Soon after this, he (Grant) abandoned his chosen line of operations,and moved his army to the south side of the James River. The strugglefrom Wilderness to this point covers a period of about one month,during which time there had been an almost daily encounter of hostilearms, and the Army of Northern Virginia had placed hors de combat ofthe army under General Grant a number equal to its entire numericalstrength at the commencement of the campaign, and, notwithstandingits own heavy losses and the reinforcements received by the enemy,still presented an impregnable front to its opponent, and constitutedand insuperable barrier to General Grant's 'On to Richmond.'"

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