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neral Lee sent trusted officers to call out and organize militia and volunteers. But the reports soon received from Col. George D. Porterfield and Maj. T. M. Boykin from Grafton indicated prevalent apathy and disloyalty, though General Lee continued for some time, apparently, to cling to the belief that no citizen of Virginia would betray her interests. For the small body of men that Porterfield was able to collect at Grafton, Lee ordered 1,000 muskets and rifles to Beverly, and some from Harper's Ferry to Grafton. Soon after the election upon the ordinance of secession, Porterfield, being advised of a contemplated Federal movement against Grafton, ordered the burning of two important bridges on the branches of the Baltimore & Ohio, northwest and west of Grafton. Considering this an overt act of rebellion, for which he had been waiting, McClellan, on the 26th, ordered Col. B. F. Kelley, of the Wheeling Union regiment, with his so-called First and Second Virginia regiments, which
lly, of what had been done. Letcher had wired Harper to take chief command of the movement and Harmhe armed companies of his brigade. At 5 p. m. Harper left for Winchester by rapid conveyance, afterute. Reaching Winchester at noon of the 18th, Harper received orders from Letcher to go on to Harpeng the following years of heroic endurance. Harper, reaching Winchester in advance, when the infaons began. Soon after this, Letcher appointed Harper colonel of the Fifth Virginia, Harman, lieutenamp Stephens, and he promptly sent forward Colonel Harper's Fifth Virginia regiment and Captain Pendtion, as indicated by Stuart, when he directed Harper to deploy two companies, under Major Baylor, t soon advanced, deployed and opened fire, when Harper's skirmishers drove them back on their reservesition was about being turned, when he ordered Harper to gradually fall back; that the enemy opened 's regiments had also been advanced to support Harper if necessary, and once Allen took position for[4 more...]
ry the issue by combat, notwithstanding the disparity of his numbers when compared with those of McClellan. While watching the gathering of the mighty Federal army in the valleys and on the ridges across the Antietam, and defiantly replying to its artillery as that came into position, he received, at midday, a note from Jackson, written during the forenoon, saying: Through God's blessing Harper's Ferry and its garrison are to be surrendered. This stimulating news, which not only meant that Harper's Ferry was captured, but that Stonewall Jackson, without further orders, would soon be with him, with his foot cavalry, and that McLaws would not be far behind, fired Lee's courage, and he determined that he would not recross the Potomac until after trial of battle with McClellan on the field that he had chosen, and that he could hold until his reinforcements came up. Fitzhugh Lee so well held back the Federal cavalry advance that it did not reach the front of the Antietam until 2 in the
Fifth Infantry battalion: Archer, F. H., lieutenant-colonel; Foster, William R., major; Wilson, John P., Jr., major. Fifth Infantry regiment: Baylor, William S. H., lieutenant-colonel, colonel; Harman, William H., lieutenant-colonel, colonel; Harper. Kenton, colonel; Koiner, Absalom, major; Newton, James W., major; Williams, Hazel J., major, lieutenant-colonel. Fifth Infantry regiment State Line: Edmundson, David, lieutenant-colonel; Preston, C. H., major; Preston, Robert T., colonel. , colonel; McConnell, Sylvester P., major. Twenty-fifth Infantry battalion Local Defense Troops: Bossieux, Louis J., major; Elliott, Wyatt M., major, lieutenant-colonel. Twenty-fifth Infantry regiment: Duffy, Patrick B., lieutenant-colonel; Harper, Wilson, major; Heck, Jonathan M., lieutenantcol-onel; Higginbotham, John C., major, lieutenant-colonel, colonel; Lilley, Robert D., major, lieutenant-colonel; Porterfield, George A., colonel; Rege, Albert G., major; Robinson, John A., major, lie