By Clayton R. Newell
An exam of an incredible crusade among those generals that set the scene for the pending battle.
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Some distance above that of the other officer of the military. ”10 for 3 years Lee worked at numerous engineering initiatives alongside the Atlantic seaboard till he acquired orders making him the superintendent of the army Academy, a task he authorised with whatever lower than entire enthusiasm. certainly, ahead of his arrival, he wrote to Professor Mahan, a trendy member of the tutorial Board, that he used to be reluctant to take the location in any respect. even supposing Mahan had no longer been a professor in the course of Lee’s pupil years, Lee, now superintendent, had the chance to soak up Mahan’s theories of Napoleonic struggle. whereas at West aspect, Lee additionally took good thing about the library to learn French army histories and manuals and research Napoleon’s campaigns as interpreted via Baron Henri Jomini, a Swiss officer who had served at the emperor’s employees. eleven In 1855, in the course of Lee’s tenure as superintendent of the army Academy, Congress licensed a spread of the military and extra new regiments, the 1st and moment Cavalry. Lee had now not sought an appointment within the new regiments, however the secretary of struggle, Jefferson Davis, who had graduated from West aspect 365 days ahead of Lee yet had resigned from the military in 1835 to pursue a profession as a planter and flesh presser, introduced that Lee was once to be the lieutenant colonel of the second one Cavalry, stationed in Texas. even supposing shocked by way of the appointment, Lee used to be prepared for a line project; he had for your time been analyzing extra approximately the right way to behavior warfare than engineering. He approved the project and, leaving his spouse and kids at Arlington, suggested to his new regiment in April. In Texas, Lee skilled military existence at the frontier and won an perception into how males reacted to the trials of soldiering. 12 The dying of his partner's father, George Washington Parke Custis, in October 1857, brought on Lee’s go back to Arlington. Upon his arrival in Virginia, he stumbled on that Custis had died seriously in debt and for it slow had ignored his homes. Lee wanted significant time to get the Custis estates so as. The extra problems of dealing with the Custis will triggered Lee to request that his depart be prolonged until eventually December 1858. Scott might furnish additional requests for extensions to might, and eventually to October 1859 as Lee attempted to accommodate the Custis homes. thirteen On October 17, as Lee used to be eventually getting ready to come back to his regiment in Texas, Lieutenant J. E. B. Stuart arrived at Arlington with a message from the secretary of battle, John B. Floyd. Floyd, a local Virginian and previous governor of the kingdom, have been Buchanan’s secretary of conflict due to the fact that 1857, yet his mishandling of presidency contracts had given him an unsavory attractiveness. while he arrived on the battle division, Lee discovered that there has been difficulty in Harpers Ferry, and that Floyd sought after Lee to guide a contingent of troops to regain order. throughout the night of October sixteen John Brown, an antislavery enthusiast, had occupied the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry with a strength of twenty-one males. Brown was once popular.