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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Jackson's Valley campaign of 1862. (search)
ellan of all fears in that direction, and induced him, in pursuance of President Lincoln's requirement that Manassas Junction and the approaches to, Washington from that direction be securely held, to send the following instructions to Banks on March 16th: Sir — You will post your command in the vicinity of Manassas, entrench yourself strongly, and throw cavalry pickets out to the front. Your first care will be the rebuilding of the railway from Washton to Manassas, and to Strasburg, inorthwith, and after making me a hasty visit, assumed command of the forces in pursuit of the enemy. This pursuit was kept up * * * until they reached Woodstock. Thus the design of McClellan to post Banks' corps at Centreville (see letter of March 16th) became impracticable, and that body of over 20,000 troops was thought necessary to guard against the further movements of Jackson's 3,000 and the imaginary reinforcements with which they supplied him. This battle too, no doubt, decided the que
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Averasboroa. (search)
o General Stephen Elliott's brigade a day or two before the engagement. Not a great many of the officers at Averasboroa had had much experience in infantry field fighting. Captain de Rosset was one of the few who had, he having served with distinction, as an officer of the Third North Carolina infantry, in the Army of Northern Virginia through the campaigns of both 1862 and 1863, in which he was twice wounded, first at Sharpsburg, and again at Chancellorsville. On the morning of the 16th of March, at Averasboroa, the battalion was moved to the left of Rhett's brigade, which held the left of our line. During the fighting of that morning, as described by General Taliaferro, Captain de Rosset, finding his men slowly pressed back, asked Colonel W. B. Butler, commanding Rhett's brigade, for orders; explaining that General Elliott was too far away, on the extreme right, to report to in the emergency. Colonel Butler replied: I have no orders to give you; his answer being evidently pro
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 12.89 (search)
N. Couch, Letter to Seth Williams.--Page 776, Military Record of Rebellion. Major-General commanding. The monotony was occasionally relieved by cavalry reconnoissances, skirmishes and encounters. One of these I shall mention briefly, because it was the hardest contested purely cavalry fight I participated in during the war, and because in it a young, rising and already celebrated artillerist closed a short but brilliant career. In a dispatch to Halleck, Commander-in-Chief, dated March 16th, 6.30 P. M., Hooker says: This morning I dispatched three thousand cavalry to attack and break up the cavalry camp of Fitzhugh Lee and Hampton in the vicinity of Culpeper (page 799, Military Reports of Rebellion). Next, Butterfield, Chief of Staff to Hooker, in a dispatch to General Reynolds, of the First corps, gives the result: I send you the following synopsis of Averell's affair. Captain Moore, of General Hooker's staff, who accompanied him, reports it as a brilliant and splendid figh