Commenting on Jeb Stuart’s raid into Maryland and Pennsylvania and his complete circuit of McClellan’s army and his return over the river unharmed despite McClellan’s attempt to head him off, Lincoln remarked:
“When I was a boy we used to play a game, three times round and out. Stuart has been round twice; if he goes round him once more, gentlemen, McClellan will be out.”
The General ascribed Stuart’s success to his lack of horses, and telegraphed that unless the army got more horses there would be similar expeditions. To this Halleck telegraphed:
“The President has read your telegram, and
[Transcriber’s note: end of this extract.]
The following is reprinted by permission from RECOLLECTIONS AND LETTERS OF ROBERT E. LEE by his son Captain Robert E. Lee
LEE’S OPINION UPON THE LATE WAR
envelope in which they were inclosed was the following indorsement in General Lee’s handwriting:
“LONDON, July 31, 1866.
“Herbert C. Saunders asks permission to publish his conversation with me. August 22d—Refused.”
“3 BOLTON GARDENS, SOUTH KENSINGTON,
“LONDON, July 31, 1866.
“My Dear General Lee: Presuming on the acquaintance with you which I had the honour and pleasure of making last November at Lexington, while travelling in Virginia, I venture now to write to you under these circumstances. You may remember that, at the time I presented to you my letter of introduction, I told you that two other Englishmen, friends of mine, who had come with me to America, were then making a tour through Georgia, the Carolinas, and some other Southern States. One of them, Mr. Kennaway, was so much interested with all he saw, and the people at home have appreciated his letters descriptive of it so well, that he is intending to publish a short account of his visit. Not having, however, had an introduction to yourself, he is anxious to avail himself of the somewhat full accounts I wrote home at the time, descriptive of my most interesting interview with you, and, with this view, he has asked me to put into the shape of a letter all those more prominent points which occur to me as gathered from my letters and my recollection, and which are likely to interest and instruct the English public. I have, after some hesitation, acceded to the request—a hesitation caused mainly by the fact that at the time I saw you I neither prepared my notes with a view to publication nor did I inform you that there was any chance of what you told me being repeated. I may add that I never until a month or two ago had the slightest thought of publishing anything, and, in fact, have constantly resisted the many applications by my friends that I should let my letters see the light. My object in now writing to you is to know whether you have any objection to my giving my friend the inclosed short account of our interview,