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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.7 (search)
As an act of simple justice and for historical accuracy, I ask you to publish this, as an addenda to the Rev. Dr. Seibert's account of the burning of Chambersburg, contained a clipping from the Baltimore Sun of April 26, 1909, as follows: Sheridan, like Sherman, indulged his proclivities for pillage and destruction only after the last vestige of Confederate military organization had vanished from his front, and it was on a people incapable of armed resistance that vengeance was wreaked. nd wanton devastation wrought in the valley may be gathered from the report of a committee appointed just after the close of the hostilities by the county court of Rockingham to estimate the havoc inflicted on the property of noncombatants under Sheridan's orders in that county alone: Dwellings burned, 36; barns burned, 450; mills burned, 31; fences destroyed (miles), 100; bushels of wheat destroyed, 100,000; bushels of corn destroyed, 50,000; tons of hay destroyed, 6,233; cattle carried o
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Story of battle of five Forks. (search)
y Colonel Stribling. John W. Daniel. General Sheridan, having concentrated his cavalry corps atas far as possible, his strength with that of Sheridan. Pickett's division was sent to him that morve Forks; so that when the engagement between Sheridan and Fitz Lee closed for the night, Warren's c, only picketed by Roberts' small command. Sheridan, reinforced by Warren with his corps, that hat the Fifth Corps was with Sheridan, and that Sheridan, now with overwhelming force, was pressing upthe intrenchments about Burgess' Mill, whilst Sheridan, with the cavalry and the Fifth Corps, was toether (Miles' division having been ordered by Sheridan to him), captured all the works around Burgesourthouse; but during the evening of that day Sheridan, supported by Ord, cut across his line of mars, under the command of Colonel H. P. Jones. Sheridan evidently did not understand the situation, feral Lee ordered Gordon and Fitz Lee to drive Sheridan away, that the army might resume its march, w[5 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), An incident of the battle of Winchester, or Opequon. (search)
he fact was that Early had been so active and aggressive attacking Sheridan in various directions, by rapid marches playing such a bold hand,er appearance of power that he had completely pulled the wool over Sheridan's eyes, and made him believe that he was far stronger than the reality. I felt at the time that as soon as Sheridan was satisfied of the fact that Kershaw was gone and that Early's display of force had been e against him. Grant was expecting it, and was constantly prodding Sheridan to go forward. The administration at Washington, which had supplierabundance of men and resources, also expected it, and as soon as Sheridan got intelligence of the true condition he did advance. His timir in the whole war. Ramseur, on our right, held his own against Sheridan's assault most gallantly. Rodes came in and drove the enemy's fro wounded, supposing that all to have been incurred at Winchester), Sheridan's force would still largely exceed Early's. From my observation