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Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 1: parentage, and Early years. (search)
Chapter 1: parentage, and Early years. The family from which General Jackson came, was founded in Western Virginia by John Jackson, an emigrant from London. His stock was Scotch-Irish; and it is most probable that John Jackson himself was removed by his parents from the north of Ireland to London, in his second year. Nearly fifty years after he left England, his son, Colonel George Jackson, while a member of the Congress of the United States, formed a friendship with the celebrated Andrew Jackson of Tennessee, afterwards the victor of New Orleans, and President; and the two traced their ancestry up to the same parish near Londonderry. Although no more intimate relationship could be established between the families, such a tie is rendered probable by their marked resemblance in energy and courage, as illustrated not only in the career of the two great commanders who have made the name immortal, but of other members of their houses. John Jackson was brought up in London, and b
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 7: Manassas. (search)
skirmishers, who had insinuated themselves into the thickets behind him. It was now four o'clock in the afternoon, and the Federalists were as yet only repulsed, and not routed. They were still bringing up fresh masses, and, on the eminences fronting that from which they had just been driven, were forming an imposing line of battle, crescent-shaped, with the convex side toward the Confederates, for a final effort. But their hour had passed. The reserves from the extreme right, under Early and Holmes, were now at hand; and better still, the Manassa's Gap Railroad, cleared of its obstructions, was again pouring down the remainder of the Army of the Valley. General Kirby Smith led a body of these direct to the field, and receiving at once a dangerous wound, was replaced by Colonel Arnold Elzy, whom Beauregard styled the Blucher of his Waterloo. These troops being hurled against the enemy's right, while the victorious Confederates in the centre turned against them their own arti
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 15: Cedar Run. (search)
nd make their way thence to the Rapid Ann. General Early's brigade of Ewell's division, which held ispositions upon the right were completed, General Early had become engaged with the enemy. Throwieries in echelon along the road in the rear of Early's left, whence they delivered a most effectiveby the advance of the Federal infantry against Early, through the Indian corn. This General, handl with two additional batteries, took post upon Early's right. The Confederate line of battle was tl the interval between the second, and that of Early. The whole angle of forest was now filled wit enemy made a vast irruption, in which half of Early's brigade was involved. On his extreme left, the flood of enemies. The right regiments of Early, under the immediate eye of their veteran Genen upon their right, and that of Taliaferro and Early upon their left. Especially did the 13th Virgr own, little complimentary to them. See old Early, they said, riding everywhere, without a singl[5 more...]
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 16: second Manassa's. (search)
from Lawton's brigade across, to occupy the Springs; while Early's brigade, supported by two batteries, was passed over on a to become impassable. This accident placed the command of Early in extreme peril. The advanced parties of the Federalists f a man. When the morning came, the latter sent word to General Early to associate the 13th Georgia with his own brigade, and passed the remainder of Lawton's brigade to the support of Early. But the freshet which had protected his right was now recs, and the whole army of Pope was manifestly at hand. Yet Early so adroitly concealed his force in the woods, and held his leaving not a man nor a trophy behind. The deliverance of Early was scarcely completed before the dawn of the 24th. The trved the enemy's first attack were withdrawn, the brigade of Early took their places, and held — the enemy in check, with so mtrife; nature could do no more; and General Jackson ordered Early, with his brigade and the 8th Louisiana and 13th Georgia, t
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 17: the campaign in Maryland. (search)
l to that road, was the division of Jones. The brigades of Early and Hayes were at first detached to support the horse artilm this movement to the support of Lawton's brigade, leaving Early to guard the batteries of Stuart. This General, finding t the front and relieve the division of Lawton, and recalled Early with his brigade, to assume the command vacated by the woulists, about mid-day, remitted their exertions. But General Early brought other succors to the failing line at the same ttry against both the right and the left of the ground which Early had just assumed. Informing General Jackson of his criticahe same time, the other brigades of McLaws were advanced on Early's right with admirable skill and spirit, by their commanderen re-established by the united troops of Hood, McLaws, and Early; and the conflict of the infantry sunk into a desultory skidleton, and had ordered the division of A. P. Hill, that of Early, (who was now the successor of Lawton,) and that of D. H. H
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 18: Fredericksburg. (search)
; the division of Ewell, commanded by Brigadier-General Early, who was soon after rewarded for his ted their importance, and sent the division of Early to the place, which began diligently to fortifetween him and Longstreet, was the division of Early; and the remainder of Jackson's corps was held and ready to meet the enemy. The division of Early, which was somewhat nearer at hand, preceded tict, when they received his instructions. General Early, whose division covered all the right of Aof portions of the divisions of A. P. Hill and Early, with the Stonewall Brigade, under General Paxositions for the night, assigning the front to Early, and ordering all the troops to be relieved fo. H. Hill was placed in the front, and that of Early was relieved by retiring to a less exposed pla of the 12th of December, while as yet neither Early nor D. H. Hill were in position, he might haveunder an energetic leader, and he proposed General Early for the post. But General Lee did not dee[4 more...]
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 19: Chancellorsville. (search)
ew moments, he returned and informed Mrs. Jackson, that General Early, to whom he had committed the guardianship of the riverhodes; Trimble, commanded by Brigadier General Colston; and Early.--General D. H. Hill had been detached to another and more ormer decided to meet Sedgwick's feint by a feint; to leave Early's division, of about seven thousand men, in the entrenchmen determined to draw his whole corps, except the division of Early, out of the trenches silently, beginning at midnight, to reick could remain very long unknown to that General; or that Early's seven thousand could permanently restrain his corps, withg one instance of this hazardous measure,--the detaching of Early to remain at Fredericksburg,--they had tempted fortune suf Hooker, while he retained about eighteen thousand men. General Early now confronted Marye's Hill on another line, while Sedgnfronted and arrested in his march by his troops, while General Early re-captured Marye's Hill, and cut off his retreat towar
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 20: death and burial. (search)
ot with alarming intensity; the pain and difficult breathing being more accounted for by a neuralgic Pleurodinia, constricting the muscles of the chest, than by actual inflammation of the lungs. The physician therefore resorted to the more vigorous remedies of sinapisms and cupping; but with only partial effect. The chaplain was now despatched to the army, which had returned to its old quarters near Fredericksburg, to bring the General's family physician, Dr. Morrison, now chief surgeon of Early's Division. Mr. Lacy, while seeking him, called on General Lee, and told him that the General's condition was more threatening. He replied that he was confident God would not take-Jackson away from him at such a time, when his country needed him so much. Give him, he added, my affectionate regards, and tell him to make haste and get well, and come back to me as soon as he can. He has lost his left arm; but I have lost my right arm. Meantime, Mrs. Jackson had arrived with her infant. T