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e of our own soldiers who should volunteer for the delicate and hazardous duty would be the most valuable material, and decided that they should have a battalion organization and be commanded by an officer, Major H. K. Young, of the First Rhode Island Infantry. These men were disguised in Confederate uniforms whenever necessary, were paid from the Secret-Service Fund in proportion to the value of the intelligence they furnished, which often stood us in good stead in checking the forays of Gilmore, Mosby, and other irregulars. Beneficial results came from the plan in many other ways too, and particularly so when in a few days two of my scouts put me in the way of getting news conveyed from Winchester. They had learned that just outside of my lines, near Millwood, there was living an old colored man, who had a permit from the Confederate commander to go into Winchester and return three times a week, for the purpose of selling vegetables to the inhabitants. The scouts had sounded th
ster surprised Colonel Young sent to capture Gilmore the guerrilla Colonel Young's success captus under such partisan chiefs as Mosby, White, Gilmore, McNeil, and others, and this had considerablhe guerrillas infesting West Virginia. Harry Gilmore, of Maryland, was the most noted of these ese spies returned with the intelligence that Gilmore was on his way to Moorefield, the centre of a Baltimore and Ohio railroad. Believing that Gilmore might be captured, I directed Young to undert a week these men came back and reported that Gilmore was living at a house between three and four pass his party off as a body of recruits for Gilmore coming from Maryland and pursued by the Yankethe Union cavalry, gained immediate access to Gilmore's room. He found the bold guerrilla snugly tisoner to one of Sheridan's staff. Meanwhile Gilmore's men had learned of his trouble, but the eare was sent to Fort Warren. The capture of Gilmore caused the disbandment of the party he had or[1 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Maryland troops in the Confederate service. (search)
er-General; Colonel Bradley T. Johnson, promoted to Brigadier-General. Second infantry--Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph R. Herbert. First cavalry--Lieutenant-Colonel Ridgeley Brown, killed; Lieutenant-Colonel G. W. Dorsey. Second cavalry--Major Harry Gilmore. First battery--Captain R. Snowden Andrews, promoted Lieutenant-Colonel; Captain W. F. Dernent. Second battery--Captain J. B. Brockenborough, promoted Major; Captain W. H. Griffin. Third battery--Captain H. B. Latrobe, promoted Marc for your welfare, and a hearty God bless you, I bid you farewell. Thomas T. Munford, Brigadier-General commanding Division. Second Maryland cavalry. The Second Maryland cavalry was organized in the spring of 1863, under command of Major Harry Gilmore, with three companies, three more joining before the close of the war — making a total of six companies. Artillery. The First Maryland Artillery was organized in the summer of 1861, under command of Captain R. Snowden Andrews, and
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 93. the burning of Chambersburg. (search)
hursday the twenty-eighth ultimo, the rebels recrossed the Potomac at three different points — McCausland, Johnston, and Gilmore, with three thousand mounted men and two batteries, below Hancock, and moved toward Mercersburg. They reached Mercersbu, under the immediate command of General McCausland. General Bradley Johnston was with him, and also the notorious Major Harry Gilmore. While McCausland and Gilmore were reconnoitring around to get a deal with the citizens for tribute, his soldieGilmore were reconnoitring around to get a deal with the citizens for tribute, his soldiers exhibited the proficiency of their training by immediate and almost indiscriminate robbery. Hats, caps, boots, watches, silver-ware, and everything of value, were appropriated from individuals on the streets, without ceremony; and when a man wasthat the freebooter should fulfil his threat rather than pay tribute. Infuriated at the determination of our people, Major Gilmore rode up to a group of citizens, consisting of Thomas B. Kennedy, William McLellan, J. McDowell Sharpe, Doctor J. C. R
day, he was obliged, in consequence of superior force, to retire. The weather was so intensely cold during these raids that horses and men suffered most severely, and many of the latter were badly frost-bitten. On the fifth of February, Harry Gilmore, who appeared to be the last link between Maryland and the Confederacy, and whose person I desired in order that this link might be severed, was made prisoner near Moorfield, his capture being very skilfully made by Colonel Young, my chief of scouts, and a party under Lieutenant Colonel Whittaker, First Connecticut cavalry, sent to support him. Gilmore and Mosby carried on the same style of warfare, running trains off railways, robbing the passengers, &c. In closing this report, it gives me great pleasure to speak of the skill, energy, and gallantry displayed by my corps and division commanders, and I take this opportunity of acknowledging the assistance given me by them at all times. To the members of my staff, who so che
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.34 (search)
story of thrilling deeds. The article below is from the excellent pen of Major James McDowell Carrington, who in the battle of Gettysburg was captain of the Charlottesville Artillery, and is now a distinguished lawer of Washington city. The Major's statements confirm the close presence of General Early and Ewell on the field the first day at Gettysburg, and gives evidence as to one of the occasions upon which General Early advised an assault on Cemetery Hill that afternoon. Colonel Harry Gilmore, of Maryland, in his book, Four Years in the Saddle, tells almost identically the same story as Major Carrington. John G. Williams, Esq., a respected lawyer of high standing at Orange Courthouse, writes to the same effect on this topic, and I myself, was a personal witness of the fact, which I recall as if it were yesterday, of the message sent in my presence by General Early to General A. P. Hill before he met General Ewell, telling him that in his opinion assault should not be d
or the safety of the place. The Brig Gen. Tyler who was captured at Monocracy is probably the same individual who figured at Manassas in July, 1861, and has since that time been holding some position in Baltimore. Col. Seward is said to be a son of the Yankee Secretary of State, though we are only positive that he has some relationship to the wily premier. A letter from Winchester, dated July 7th, says that a body of Confederate troops is between Harrisburg and Baltimore, that Harry Gilmore with his command is at Gunpowder river, between Philadelphia and Baltimore, and that Bradley Johnson is operating at Annapolis Junction, between Baltimore and Washington. Frederick City is the capital of Frederick county, Maryland, situated on Carroll's creek, about two miles from its entrance into Monocracy river, and sixty miles west of Baltimore. Its population is about 8,000. A branch railroad, three miles long, connects it with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad near the Monocr
Petersburg, July 14. --The Chronicle of the 12th contains full accounts of the rebel invasion. Gov. Bradford's superb country residence, six miles from Baltimore, on Charles street avenue, and several other houses were burned by Harry Gilmore on the 11th. Bradford's library and private papers were all consumed. This caused, dispatches say, arrintense feeling of resentment. Gunpowder Bridge, on the Philadelphia railroad, was burned at noon of the 11th; also nine cars and mails. It is reported recaptured. Hunter's forces occupied Martinsburg and Hagerstown on the 11th, but the rebels held the South mountain passes. Dispatches say the whole force operating around Baltimore city is not over one thousand cavalry, under Harry Gilmore, and yet the American says they have the city surrounded. It is reported that Gen. Tyler escaped. Grant has sent word if the forces around Baltimore and Washington can take care of those places and repulse the rebels, he can attend to R
phia on the 7th on board the Speedwell. The United States Christian Commission has sent delegates, supplied with hospital stores, medicines and clothing, with the fleet which has gone to Savannah, Georgia, to carry home Yankee prisoners of war. A dispatch from Baltimore, dated the 7th, says: "Mrs. Thomas Hutchings, one of our most fashionable ladies, was arrested to-day, charged with being the chief of a party of ladies who got up a splendid sabre as a present for the rebel Colonel Harry Gilmore. The sabre, with the presentation address, a rebel mail and other things, were captured from the party dispatched to run the blockade to deliver them. They are now at Colonel Wooley's office, and Mrs. Hutchings is in prison. The matter creates intense sensation and promises rich developments. Others are likely to be arrested high in secession circles." Various mysterious telegrams are published as being received at Buffalo, &c., to prepare for a raid from Canada, in which "s
appointed to fill it. His rank, compared with the land service, equals that of a lieutenant general. Thermometer at Burlington, Vermont, fifteen degrees below zero. Only five Revolutionary pensioners are now living. United States Senator Carlile (from West Virginia) does not reside in the State he pretends to represent. Mrs. Hutchins, recently sentenced to five years imprisonment in the Fitchburg (Massachusetts) House of Correction for attempting to send a sword to Major Harry Gilmore, has been released by order of Lincoln and arrived in Baltimore. William J. Fish, of the First Connecticut cavalry, late provost-marshal of Baltimore, who was sentenced to the Albany penitentiary for one year, and to pay a fine of $5,000, has also been released. The Potomac is covered with ice and the channel is completely closed up, so that navigation is suspended and boats do not attempt either to approach or leave Washington. The ice is, at most places, between two and a
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