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hard struggle of Malvern Hill, and then as General Early, at Cedar Mountain, where he met and repuler of 1864, and in the autumn of that year General Early fought his famous battles, and — the worl Sheridan's about forty or fifty thousand. General Early states upon his honour-and the world is apmen! The Richmond Times says: Of General Early's actual force on the ipth of September, 1 and autumn of 1864, in the Shenandoah Valley, Early did not carry out in the fullest degree the inhis movements preceding the battle of Opequon, Early, with eight or ten thousand men, kept between This result was charged upon the cavalry, but Early's small force could not defend the ground, andted the Valley campaign of 1864. In November, Early again advanced nearly to Winchester, but his of to forage. By the great force of the enemy, Early was driven beyond the mountains, his command h victory-let them read the letter of the exile, signing himself J. A. Early, Lieut.-Gen. C. S. A. [40 more...]
riter slept very soundly within ten feet of a battery hotly firing. Major R— leaned against a fence within a few paces of a howitzer in process of rapid discharge, and in that upright position forgot his troubles. The best example, however, was one which General Stuart mentioned. He saw a man climb a fence, put one leg over, and in that position drop asleep! Any further assault upon Carlisle was stopped by a very simple circumstance. General Lee sent for the cavalry. He had recalled Early from York; moved with his main column east of the South Mountain, toward the village of Gettysburg; and Stuart was wanted. In fact, during the afternoon of our advance to Carlisle — the first of July--the artillery fire of the first day's fight was heard, and referring to Lloyd's map, I supposed it to be at Gettysburg, a place of which I had no knowledge. How unexpected was the concentration of the great opposing forces there, will appear from General Stuart's reply, I reckon not, when the
John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War., A fight, a dead man, and a coffin: an incident of 1864. (search)
A fight, a dead man, and a coffin: an incident of 1864. The incident about to be narrated occurred in November, 1864, when Early with his 8,000 or 9,000 men had been compelled to retire up the Valley before Sheridan, with his 30,000 or 40, 0000; and when, in the excess of their satisfaction at this triumph of the Federal arms, the Federal authorities conceived the design of ferreting out and crushing in the same manner the band of the celebrated bandit Mosby — which result once achieved by the commander of the Middle Department, the whole of Northern Virginia would be reduced under the sway of the Stars and Stripes. To ferret out Colonel Mosby was a difficult task, however; and to crush him had, up to this time, proved an undertaking beyond the ability of the best partisans of the Federal army. Not that they had not made numerous and determined attempts to accomplish this cherished object. In fact, no pains had been spared. Mosby had proved himself so dangerous a foe to w