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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Jackson's Valley campaign of 1862. (search)
the advance brigades of Shields and completely defeats them, driving them eight or ten miles from the battlefield. A week of rest, and Jackson, having disposed of his various enemies, and effected the permanent withdrawal of McDowell's corps from the forces operating against Richmond, is again on the march, and while Banks, Fremont and McDowell are disposing their broken or baffled forces to cover Washington, is hastening to aid in the great series of battles which during the last days of June and the early ones of July, resulted in the defeat of McClellan's army and the relief of the Confederate capital. I have thus tried to give you, fellow-soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia, an outline of one of the most brilliant pages of our history. Time has not permitted me to dwell on the great deeds which crowded these few months, nor to characterize in fitting terms of panegyric the mighty actors in them. I have attempted nothing beyond a simple and carefully accurate statemen
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Williamsburg--reply to Colonel Bratton. (search)
The battle of Williamsburg--reply to Colonel Bratton. By Colonel D. K. Mcrae. Wilmington, N. C., June 3d, 1879. Rev. J. William Jones, Secretary, Richmond: My Dear Sir-The June number of the Southern Historical Society Papers, being volume VII, No. 6, of the series, has been placed in my hands by a friend, who called my attention to a paper purporting to be a narrative of Colonel Bratton, Sixth South Carolina regiment, of the operations of his regiment at Williamsburg, May 5th, 1862. This paper seems to have been written in 1868, and was originally prepared for General E. P. Alexander. The paper does not confine itself to a narrative of the operations of that regiment, but goes on to describe the action of General J. A. Early's brigade, on the left of our line, in an encounter it had with a brigade of General W. S. Hancock, in the evening of that day, and the author allows himself to criticise the conduct of the officer then in command of the Fifth North Carolina regiment,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Meeting at the White Sulphur Springs. (search)
nfederate Colonel, D. C. Kelly, saw him then for the first time under fire, and thus vividly describes the wonderful change that always took place in his appearance in a fight: His face flushed till it bore a striking resemblance to a painted Indian warrior's, and his eyes, usually so mild in their expression, blazed with the intense glare of a panther's about to spring on his prey. In fact, he looks as little like the Forrest of our mess table as the storm of December resembles the quiet of June. Those who saw him when his brother Jeffrey fell, who was born after the death of his father, and who was educated and almost idolized by his brother, say that the blaze of his face and the glare of his eyes were fearful to behold, and that he rushed like a madman on the foe, dealing out death with pistol and sword to all around him — like Hector fighting over the body of Patroclus: Yet, fearless in his strength, now rushing on He dashed amid the fray; now shouting loud, Stood firm; bu