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ad, he was to obey; and he did. On Friday, the 13th, he was informed that, on the supposition that he would cross the river on the next Monday or Tuesday, Gen McDowell would be instructed to make a demonstration on Manassas Junction. He was surprised at the order, but promptly obeyed. On the 15th he reached Hagerstown, and, on the 16th, two-thirds of his forces had crossed the Potomac. The promised demonstration by Gen. McDowell, in the direction of Manassas Junction, was not made; and on the 16th, just three days after he had been told he was expected to cross, he was telegraphed by the General-in-Chief to send him at once all the regular troops, horram thus: If wrong, let me be instructed. But no instructions came. This was eight days before the battle of Manassas. On the 17th, General Scott telegraphed: McDowell's first day's work has driven the enemy beyond Fairfax Court House. To-morrow the Junction will probably be carried. With this information he was happy. Johns
g.-Gen. Lorenzo Thomas. Adjutant General U. S. A., Washington, D. C. List of the men recommended for reward for gallant conduct at the battle of Dranesville, December 20, 1861, by Captain H. Easton, of battery A, First Pennsylvania Artillery: Quartermaster's Sergeant John H. Sphar; Orderly Sergeant Jacob Deitrick; Sergeants Peter Cummings, Robert Taylor, John Ruse; Corporals William Weston, Daniel Nerhood, James D. Wolf, Henry Barkholder, Peter Schiele; Privates: Joseph Hinsey, William McDowell, Adam Barr, Henry Deihl, McFarland Marks, John Pink, John Flimswick, John Steele, James Craft, John Higgins, Henry Campbell, Gustavus Seyforth, Oscar French, George W. Welsh, Simon Flory, John Young, William Lawrence, Horatio Houston, James Wilson, Francis M. Peters, Michael J. Crooney, Robert Carman, Reuben Bixler, John Berkholder, Joseph Williams, John B. Daly, Robert Evans, Christian Kant, Charles Lutzinger, Geo. Martin, James Ingram, Nathaniel Staubs. List of the Officers and men
rd secretary of war) G. W. Randolph, of the Richmond howitzers; and the First North Carolina, under Colonel Hill, occupied the inside of the works. The companies composing the North Carolina regiment, which had the envied distinction of being the initial troops to enter organized battle, were: Edgecombe Guards, Capt. J. L. Bridgers; Hornet's Nest Riflemen (Mecklenburg), Capt. L. S. Williams; Charlotte Grays, Capt. E. A. Ross; Orange light infantry, Capt. R. J. Ashe; Buncombe Rifles, Capt. William McDowell; Lafayette light infantry (Cumberland), Capt. J. B. Starr; Burke Rifles, Capt. C. M. Avery; Fayetteville light infantry, Capt. Wright Huske; Enfield Blues, Capt. D. B. Bell; Southern Stars (Lincoln), Capt. W. J. Hoke. The whole force was nominally under the command of Col. J. B. Magruder, and numbered between 1,200 and 1,400 men. To surprise and capture this force, Gen. B. F. Butler, commanding on the Virginia coast, sent Gen. E. W. Pierce with five New York regiments, five compa
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The First North Carolina Volunteers and the battle of Bethel. (search)
zens raised the first cry of Independence in 1775, was represented by the Hornets' Nest Rifles and the Charlotte Greys. McDowell, the lineal descendant of one of the heroes of King's Mountain, led the Buncombe Rifles; Avery, the grandson of the firs citizen came dashing in with the information that seventy-five marauders were on the Back River road. I called for Captain McDowell's company (E) of the First regiment of North Carolina volunteers, and in three minutes it was in hot pursuit. Lieutptain Bridgers, Compang A; Lieutenant Owens, commanding Company B; Captain Ross, Company C; Captain Ashe, Company D; Captain McDowell, Company E; Captain Starr, Company F; Captain Avery, Company G; Captain Huske, Company H; Lieutenant Whittaker, commved with great gallantry. Wyatt was killed and the other three were recalled. Sergeant Thomas J. Stewart and Private William McDowell, Company A, reconnoitered the position of the enemy, and went far in advance of our troops. Private J. W. Potts
sed Wright's wife because the latter objected to a negro girl pitching wood on her head out of the third story window of the tenement jointly occupied by both. Wright deemed it proper to redress his wife's wrongs, and so proceeded to Meyer's room, and the subsequent proceedings took place. Wright was required to give $250 security for his good behavior, and did so. Bernard Meyer was also required to give security to restrain his impetuosity, as was Philip Meisel, who somehow became mixed up in the affair. Policeman Griffin entered a complaint against Wm. McDowell, for being proprietor of a one-horse wagon; which it was claimed he propelled about for hire without providing himself with a license. He was fined. August Green, charged with trespassing on Henry Hardesty, on the Basin, Sunday, while drunk, was delivered to his captain, Cropper. Geo. Rigley, an escaped prisoner from the Lynchburg jail, where he is charged with horse stealing, was committed to be sent back.
ies every day into the country around there on the Morgan side of the river. They have ruined the country about Huntsville, I am told, by taking all the provisions from the plantations. My opinion is that they will endeavor to starve the people into submission, and to force them to sell them their cotton. I send you a list of gentlemen that the Din col have in prison in Huntsville; Dr. Thomas Fearn, Ex Gov R. Chapman, Bishop H. C. Lay, Geo P. Buirne, Esq Wm. Acglen, Samuel Clue, William McDowell, A. J. Withers, G. L. Mastin, J G. Wilson, William Harris, Wm H. Moors, Thos. J. McCalle. The Princeton fight. We learn from a most reliable source (says the Lynchburg Republican) that in the fight near Princeton, Mercer county, the other say, between Gen. Heth's force and the Yankee under Cox, the Federal loss was 211 killed, wounded and prisoners, 70 of whom were killed or mortally wounded Col. Wharron's 51st Virginia regiment acted a conspicuous part in the fight, and behav