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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 15: the Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. (search)
endleton County, over the mountains west of Harrisonburg, with fifteen thousand men; General Banks wusand men, while General Banks was lying at Harrisonburg, not far away, his force reduced to about fth his army over the Shenandoah Mountain to Harrisonburg for the same purpose, and with the hope thato the Valley than the one from Franklin to Harrisonburg, and reached Strasburg on the evening of thsoners at least a day in his rear, reaching Harrisonburg on the 5th of June. Jackson now perceiveGeneral Turner Ashby. About two miles from Harrisonburg this rear-guard was attacked by a reconnoitk, and Fisher's Hill, we left Strasburg for Harrisonburg at nine o'clock in the evening, Oct. 5, 18of fifty miles, and we were at breakfast in Harrisonburg the next morning at eight o'clock. An hour d were not disappointed. A mile south of Harrisonburg we turned to the left up a rough, lane-likerode on to Port Republic, twelve miles from Harrisonburg, where we passed over a substantial new bri[6 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
was somewhere between the Rappahannock and Shenandoah, and the city of Richmond, with thirty or forty thousand troops, no one could doubt. Neither McDowell, who is at Manassas, nor Banks and Fremont, who are at Middletown, the Secretary of War telegraphed to McClellan, so late as the 24th of June, appear to have any accurate knowledge on the subject. The fact was, that on the 17th Jackson commenced a march of his main body to ward Richmond, leaving a brigade of cavalry and a battery at Harrisonburg, to watch the movements of the Nationals in the Valley, and on the 25th he arrived at Ashland, sixteen miles from Richmond, with about thirty-five thousand men, preparatory to a blow on McClellan's right. Robert E. Lee had succeeded Joseph E. Johnston in command of the Army of Northern Virginia, and was now concentrating his troops to resist McClellan. The posit ion of the Army of the Potomac was now peculiar and unfortunate, and required great skill andy caution in its management. S
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 18: Lee's invasion of Maryland, and his retreat toward Richmond. (search)
d. General C. F. Jackson was killed; and General George D. Bayard, who commanded the cavalry on the left, was mortally wounded by a shell, and died that night. He was only twenty-eight years of age, and was on the eve of marriage. His loss was widely felt. General Gibbon was wounded and taken from the field. Bayard's brigade was famous for good deeds throughout the war. It was distinguished for gallantry in the following engagements before the death of its first leader:--Woodstock, Harrisonburg, Cross Keys, Cedar Mountain, Brandy Station, Rappahannock Station, Gainesville, Bull's Run, Warrenton, and Fredericksburg. After Bayard's death the brigade, was formed into a division, under General Gregg, and served throughout the campaigns in Virginia under Stoneman, Pleasanton, and Sheridan. A portrait of the gallant Bayard, and a picture of the Bayard Badge, will be found in the third volume of this work. Smith's corps, twenty-one thousand strong, was near and fresh, and had not be