Lee Takes Command: From Seven Days to Second Bull Run
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The editors of Time-Life Books have produced another exciting series: The Civil War. Lee Takes Command, which details from Seven Days to the Second Bull Run, and is brought to you in wonderful detail through vivid photography and engaging, informative text.
McClellan's corps com- division. Hood ordered his men to hold their manders reported they needed every fire as able avail- man south of the Chickahominy to meet He dismounted and personally led his troops on, with the 4th Texas an expected attack. they advanced. They reached a slight in the vanguard. At 6:30 p.m., Porter noted that the silence crest where survivors of A. P. along his battlefront had ended. Darkness were still was still at least two hours away, and the din
Lee nonetheless hoped unopposed and joined Lee that his adversary at Glendale. Lee cannot have "he a little later, show. "Yes," he "Now, gentlemen, let us at once to bed, and see if tomorrow we cannot do something." 62 Led by an officer waving his cap on his will get away because I my orders carried out." As he rode south on the Willis Church for one more chance to strike at McClellan. would make He suspected a last stand at Malvern The hill was actually a large
launched into his militaiiy academy at the School for Soldiers When much nun erected stables for the horses and expanded the officers' quarters the cadet hospital. He and tightened disci- pline and raised academic standards. For best all these improvements, Lee was remembered by the cadets for his William Averell, who later would fight Lee's Confederates outside Richmond, wrote: "His unaffected natural dignity and grace of manner presented a personal equilibrium which nothing
mathematics of the situation seemed ines- man in either army, Confederate or Fed- eral, them equipped and superbly the outset his pace had been deliber- had been three months since his troops had landed at Fort Monroe, 100 miles from Richmond, to begin their advance up the The chances, and take them quicker, than any Peninsula. other general in this country, North or ate capital near the South; and you will live to see had cost McClellan 5,000 casualties. Although the Confederates
of scarlet noted one of his "he was a changed man, very serious and reserved." fever. Henceforth, staff officers, North of the turnpike, Porter's advancing columns began to take fire from Confederate skirmishers ahead of Jackson's line on the unfinished railroad. Even so, officers still many Federal concurred with Pope's analysis. Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Gates of the New York 20th vision, Militia, part of Hatch's di- remembered "encountering general officers who several