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The Wilderness Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780807823347

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835890_gallagher

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“Lee to the Rear,” the Texans Cried

“Lee to the Rear,” the Texans Cried

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(p.160) “Lee to the Rear,” the Texans Cried
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The Wilderness Campaign
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Robert K. Krick

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807835890_gallagher.9

The collapse of A. P. Hill's line in the early morning hours of May 6 set up an encounter between R. E. Lee and the Texas Brigade that quickly took on the aura of legend. This chapter draws on a wealth of wartime and postwar testimony to construct the most detailed account to date of this famous scene in Catherine Tapp's overgrown field along the Orange Plank Road. It shows that Lee trailed behind the Texans rather than leading them and breaks down the episode into four phases that, once understood, explain how eyewitness accounts seemingly at odds with one another actually refer to different stages of the action.

Keywords:   Civil War, military campaigns, A. P. Hill, Texas Brigade, Robert E. Lee

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