An Aide-De-Camp of Lee
Charles Marshall

[Notes: Introduction]

1 Long became Brigadier General of Artillery in September 1863. Taylor, Venable, and Marshall became Lieutenant Colonels and Assistant Adjutant Generals in November 1864.

2 General Zachary Taylor was Jefferson Davis’s father-in-law, and commanded the United States forces in the battles of Monterey and Buena Vista in the Mexican War.

3 Long: Memoirs of R. E. Lee, p. 166.

4 “A Month’s Visit to the Confederate Head Quarters,” Blackwood’s, January 1863. The writer was Colonel Wolseley, afterward Field Marshal Lord Wolseley, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army.

5 The order ran:—

General Order No. 7.

Jan. 22, 1864

The commanding general considers it due to the army to state that the temporary reduction of rations has been caused by circumstances beyond the control of those charged with its support. Its welfare and comfort are the objects of his constant and earnest solicitude, and no effort has been spared to provide for its wants. It is hoped that the exertions now being made will render the necessity of short duration, but the history of the army has shown that the country can require no sacrifice too great for its patriotic devotion.

Soldiers! You tread with no equal step the road by which your fathers marched through suffering, privations, and blood, to independence. Continue to imitate in the future, as you have in the past, their valor in arms, their patient endurance of hardships, their high resolve to be free, which no trial could shake, no bride seduce, no danger appal; and be assured that the just God who rewarded their efforts with success will inHis own good time send down His blessing upon yours.

R. E. LEE General

(Official Records, vol. XXXIII, p. 1117)

6 Address before the Lee Monument Association at Richmond, Virginia, October 1887.

7 Taylor: Four Years with General Lee, p. 77.

8 Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, vol. II, p. 240.

9 Stonewall Jackson adopted the same practice with the object of ensuring secrecy, and one of his subordinates, General Taliaferro, says of it: “This extreme reticence was very uncomfortable and annoying to his subordinate commanders and was sometimes carried too far; but it was the real reason for the reputation for ubiquity which he acquired.”