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boats, would appease the Northern desire that the Army of Northern Virginia should be whipped on a fair field. So Pope was tried; and you recollect, my comrades, that after a march of sixty miles in two days, on three ears of green corn apiece for rations, we broke our fast on Westphalia hams, Mocha coffee, and sherry wine out of his stores, and sent him back to Washington to tell that he was mistaken in telegraphing that he had captured Jackson and his corps. During those two terrible days (August 28-29), before Longstreet came up, our corps of 17,309 men withstood Pope's army of 74.578 you re- collect with what terrible sacrifice to our brigade; and in the great battle of the 3Oth, after Longstreet had joined us, we had but 49,077 of all arms, and yet we gained a second victory on Manassas plains. At Sharpsburg you fought 35,255 under Lee against 87,164, which McClellan states in his official report that he had in action. At Fredericksburg, in which our brigade again suffered so severely, and where we lost our beloved leader, General Gregg, we fought 78,000 under Lee against 100,000 under Burnside, and at Chancellorsville 57,000 under Lee and Jackson defeated 132,000 under Hooker. At Gettysburg 62,000 under Lee made a drawn battle against 105,000 under Meade.
When, then, Grant came, he found himself required to promise that he would not repeat the Vicksburg strategy, but would march straight to meet us in the open field. He might have all the men he wanted, provided only he would undertake to move straight on and crush us without the adventitious aid of the naval forces striking us where we were unable to resist. Such, I suppose, was somewhat the occasion of his promise to " fight it out on this line if it took all the summer." Did he fulfill his promise?
On the ist of May, 1864, General Grant had 120,380 men of all arms, to which was added, before he commenced active operations, 20,780, giving him a total of 141,160 men at the opening of the cam- paign, against which Lee had present for duty but 63,984. With these enormous odds in his favor he "fought it out" but a single month, during which time to quote from our old friend, the Adju- tant-General of the Army of Northern Virginia, Colonel Taylor, from whom I have taken most of these figures there had been an almost daily encounter of hostile arms, and the Army of Northern Virginia had placed hors de combat of the number under General Grant a number equal to its entire numerical strength at the commencement of the campaign ; and notwithstanding its own heavy losses and the reinforcements received by the enemy, still presented an impregnable