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back to their friends in the same honour and Charlottesville ; the remainder received insafety in which they had come. They de-structions to follow him. parted much humbler and, as they imagined, While Jackson was moving down General much wiser men. He pushed his advance Lee sent him a despatch asking him to arrange soon after them to Newmarket and, upon a time and place where they could meet to their arrival at the quarters of General Fre- make their final arrangements. Receiving mont near Mount Jackson, the Federal army this letter when he had arrived to within some precipitately broke up its camp and retreated fifty miles of Richmond General Jackson,
, to Strasburg where they began busily to starting about i a.m. with a single courier, fortify themselves. The Confederate cavalry rode express to Richmond to answer it in perthen drew a cordon of pickets across the son. His departure from his army was kept a country just above them so strict that the strict secret known only to one or two staff besooled enemy never learned General Jack- officers. He succeeded in getting quietly son's whole army was not on his front until into General Lee's tent near Richmond withhe discovered it by the disasters of McClel out being recognized, and his presence was lan."
carefully concealed from the troops in that In consequence of these measures the neighbourhood. General Lee told me that Northern Government were completely de- they then finally arranged their plan of action ceived, and instead of expecting Jackson at together, which was to the following effect :Richmond and preparing to meet him there, General Stuart, on the 12th June, had they, on the contrary, looked for him to made his celebrated raid or reconnaissance advance down the valley, and so uneasy were around McClellan's army, and had discovthey that they absolutely refused to accede ered that it was not fortified in the rear. to McClellan's request that McDowell's army General Jackson was therefore ordered to should advance to his aid, but drew it back march from Ashlands on the 25th of June and nearer to Washington. In reply to McClel- encamp for the night west of the Central lan's urgent appeals for reinforcements they Railroad, so as to start at 3 a. m. on the informed him that he would not require them, morning of the 26th and turn the enemy's as General Lee's ranks had been depleted to works at Mechanicsville and Beaver Dam the extent of 15,000 men who had been sent Creek. A large portion of Lee's army was, to unite with Jackson in the valley, while the during the night of the 25th, to be moved danger of Washington had been proportion- down to the extreme left of the Confederate ately increased.
lines near Mechanicsville and there massed While all this was going on Jackson with in front of the right flank of the Federals. his
army was on the full march for Ashlands Jackson's attack on the flank and rear of the Station, about 12 miles north of Richmond. Federals would, of course, at once oblige His march was conducted with the greatest them to withdraw and show front in that skill and secrecy. No straggling was per direction ; at this juncture Lee's army was to mitted, and at all halts sentries were thrown press down upon them, and, uniting with out in front and rear, as well as upon all the Jackson's right, they would be in a position lateral roads, to prevent any communication to roll up McClellan's line from right to left, between the army and the surrounding coun- cutting him from his communications with try. No one was allowed to pass the army White House, and throwing it defeated upon and proceed before it towards Richmond. the White Oak Swamp. No man in the whole army knew where it Having arranged between them this plan was going. General Ewell, who was second General Jackson left with the same secrecy in command, had orders simply to march to and rejoined his troops. On the morning of the 26th after daylight General Lee's army could press on and annihilate time and was massed on his extreme left near Mechan- space as he could himself, which was more icsville. Huger and Magruder were ordered than could be expected. Trains getting off to hold their positions south of the Chicka- the track and difficulties caused by the hominy in the lines before Richmond. Gen- roads had also delayed him, as well as time eral Lee told me that he waited in that posi- lost while he was coming to Richmond and tion all the earlier part of the day expecting returning. that General Jackson would every moment I shall never forget the grand old soldier open upon the enemy in their rear. As the explaining his position and his views about hours passed on he became anxious, particu- this matter, gesticulating quietly with his larly as the position and numbers of his right hand and his left while illustrating the troops could be seen by the Federals from movements of the two wings of his army. their lines. He said his great fear was that Nothing else could have made me conceive McClellan seeing the mass of his (Lee's) how thoroughly he was master of the position, troops on the extreme left, and that com calculating everything, divining almost by paratively few men were between him and inspiration the thoughts of his opponents, Richmond, might take the initiative and by and taking his measures confidently to meet a vigorous attack probably break through the any possible hostile movement. It is not thinly manned lines of Huger and Magruder generally known why Mechanicsville was who were guarding the direct road to the fought, and Professor Dabney, in his Life Confederate capital.
of Jackson, refers to the fact that General General Lee therefore decided that it was Jackson's advance would have turned the absolutely necessary to commence an attack Federal position and have given to A. P. on McClellan's right at Mechanicsville in and D. H. Hill an easy victory, and he atorder to occupy his attention and make him tributes it to the fact of the presence of uneasy as to his communications so as to General Lee and President Davis on the prevent him taking the initiative. “I did field, and to their urgency that an attack not think it safe to wait another night,” said was made and "a bloody and useless the General, “and” (raising his left hand open struggle” carried on till 9 p. m. and moving it forward) “I knew by pressing Lee's explanation is not only a complete vigorously on his right it would keep him justification but a further proof that he occupied and prevent him making an attack was what military writers of future generaon my own right where I was but ill prepared tions will certainly rank him—one of the to meet it. I, therefore, ordered the attack greatest generals of this or of any other and kept it up till nightfall, driving the age. Federals back from Mechanicsville to Beaver The next day, Sunday, the general took Dam. The next morning I had to renew me with him to the morning service. The the attack for the same reasons that induced church stands on the opposite side of the me to begin it the day before and, as soon green, about 150 or 200 yards from the as Jackson's troops came up in the rear, it President's house. There were historic names relieved the pressure upon my men and that in that little church. Besides the great hero afternoon we won the battle of Gaines' himself, in the next pew sat his eldest son, Mill.” I asked him, how it was that Gen-General Custis Lee, a gallant soldier and a eral Jackson did not arrive in time. Here- true gentleman; while a near pew belonged plied that it was through no fault of his, and to the celebrated Commodore Maury, the spoke in the highest terms of him. He author. I was also much struck with the said that Jackson thought that other men appearance of the clergyman, a fine, manly looking, old gentleman; with grey hair and once impressed, nay awed, by the calm Im beard, about 55 or 60 years of age, Hav- majesty of his intellect: while there was an
ing returned to the house after service, I almost childlike simplicity and kindness of was walking across the hall where General manner that irresistibly won upon you at
Lee and the minister happened to be stand- once. He was one of those men that made being talking together. As I was passing, the the ancients believe in demi-gods. His de
general said: “Allow me, colonel, to intro feat served but to add to his greatness; for duce you to our minister, General Pendle- nothing could shake his equanimity. In all ton." I shook hands with him, and then his reverses not a complaint escaped him, knew for the first time, that the clergyman not a murmur did he utter, although he who had officiated in the pulpit, was the must have felt keenly the wrongs and suffercelebrated general who had been chief of ings of those, for whom he had fought so artillery to Lee during a great portion of the well. war, and whose name so often appeared in I shall conclude by quoting a few sententhe reports at the time.
ces from a speech made by General Gordon On the same afternoon, after a quiet fam at the Lee Memorial meeting in Richmond, ily dinner, I bade adieu to the General, to on the 3rd November, 1870 :Mrs. Lee and their two daughters, and left
“ Of no man whom it has ever been my by the evening packet-boat for Lynchburg. fortune to meet can it be so truthfully said General Custis Lee walked with me as far as of Lee, that, grand as might be your conas the first lock and saw me on board, and ception of the man before, he arose in inI returned to Richmond, and thence back comparable majesty on more familiar acto Canada, bearing with me reminiscences quaintance. This can be affirmed of few of a visit that I shall always contemplate men who have ever lived or died, and of no with sincere pleasure.
other man whom it has been my fortune to General Lee impressed one exceedingly approach. Like Niagara, the more you I have seen some men whom the world es - gazed the more its grandeur grew upon you, teems great men, but I have no hesitation the more its majesty expanded and filled in saying that no man ever impressed me as your spirit with a full satisfaction, that left a did General Robert E. Lee. In stature he perfect delight without the slightest feeling was about five feet ten inches but, from his of oppression. Grandly majestic and digsplendid figure and magnificent carriage as nified in all his deportment, he was as]genial well as from the massive appearance of his as the sunlight of May, and not a ray of head, he seemed much taller. He looked that cordial social intercourse, but brought the very personification of high and pure warmth to the heart, as it did light to the intelligence. No one could fail to be at understanding."
A WINTER SONG FOR THE SLEIGH.
BY MRS. C. P. TRAILL.
URRAH for the forest--the wild pine wood forest !
The still woods are ringing,
As gaily we're singing,
Hurrah for the forest--the dark pine-wood forest !
When with hearts beating lightly,
And eyes beaming brightly,
Hurrah for the forest-the dark waving forest !
We'll rouse the grim bear,
And the wolf from his lair,
O wail for the forest—the proud stately forest !
For the bright golden grain
Shall wave free o'er the plain,
MARGUERITE KNELLER, ARTIST AND WOMAN.
BY LOUISA MURRAY.
ruins of the fallen Empress of the world.
Close to this was an open archway, still showTWO FACES UNDER A HOOD.
ing some defaced and mutilated remnants of 'HE scene of this story must now change the stucco-works that had once ornamented
to a painter's studio in Rome-once it-fawns and dryads, hand in hand, peeping part of a magnificent palazzo, but for years through clusters of grapes and vine-leaves. only occupied by foreign art-students who A crimson curtain which served the purpose visited the Eternal City in the course of their of a door, was drawn back, and through the Wanderjahre. It was a large lofty chamber archway a vine-covered balcony could be with a great tall window, traces of painted seen, with a glimpse of two tame pigeons flowers and arabesques on the ceiling and expanding their white and purple plumage to cornices, the walls coloured a dull red but the sun. Opposite was a door, also open, almost hidden by studies and sketches in oils and beyond, a little vestibule and a stone and water-colours,-prints of Italian cos- staircase leading to the street. A lay figure tumes--pifferari, contadini, shepherds from which had done duty for a wonderful variety the Campagna, and all the picturesque figures of characters and costumes-masculine, femito be seen in the streets of Rome—among nine, classic, romantic, mediæval and modern which pistols, stilettos, and a couple of -in Maurice's numberless designs for great mandolins were suspended. On shelves a pictures, and which now appeared as a Nea number of plaster casts of feet and hands politan “ tarantella”-dancer, a tambourine and other anatomical models, ram's and buf. in her hand, was a conspicuous object in falo's horns, fragments of precious old mar- the room. Easels held pictures in various bles, pieces of bronze, bits of mosaic, antique stages of progress, and at one of them Maurice vases, and such like “properties” of art Valazé was at work, lightening his labour by were piled ; and on a table colour-boxes whistling Charmante Gabrielle. bottles of glass and tin, compressed tubes, It was early in April, and the day, like the plates covered with every shade and tint year, was in its freshest prime. The street which paint can produce, sheaves of brushes, below was filled with contadini driving mules sketching-blocks, sponges, and all the hetero-laden with fruit and vegetables for market. geneous litter of a studio were mixed up Sometimes flower-girls carrying baskets of with pipes, tobacco, gourd drinking-cups, violets which filled the air with perfume fiasks, books and bouquets of flowers. In passed by, and one among them-a slight, one corner was a study of leaves, grouped in pale, gentle-looking girl, very unlike her and around a great stone vase, dark, glossy companions, who all had large finely-mouldsprays of ivy, vine-leaves looking as if they ed figures, strongly-marked sculpturesque had been steeped in sunshine, delicate, features, glowing with rich dark colour and graceful ferns and fennel leaves, grey, misty vivid with impassioned life, and a haughty, olive leaves, the classic acanthus, gathered hard insolent air and carriage which Julia or from the wealth of foliage with which every Livia of old imperial Rome could hardly year the lovely Italian spring weaves, fresh have surpassed-stopped at the old palazzo, robes and garlands to veil the crumbling climbed the stone staircase, passed though the