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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The battle of Antietam. (search)
ly to the right. I noted with satisfaction the cool and business-like air with which he made his examination under fire. The Confederate artillery was answered by a battery, and a lively cannonade ensued on both sides, though without any noticeable effect. The enemy's position was revealed, and he was evidently in force on both sides of the turnpike in front of Sharpsburg, covered by the undulations of the rolling ground which hid his infantry from our sight. Union signal Station on Elk Mountain, five or six miles South-East of Sharpsburg. From a photograph. The examination of the enemy's position and the discussion of it continued till near the close of the day. Orders were then given for the Ninth Corps to move to the left, keeping off the road, which was occupied by other troops. We moved through fields and farm lands, an hour's march in the dusk of the evening, going into bivouac about a mile south of the Sharpsburg bridge, and in rear of the hills bordering the Antiet
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 8.77 (search)
there was a wooded, bluff-like hill commanding the approach to the ford from the east. The ford by which Rodman crossed after Walker's forces were withdrawn.--Editors. Here I posted a battalion of skirmishers. While these dispositions, after a careful reconnoissance of the ground on both sides of the Antietam, were being made, the booming of artillery, at some distance on my left, warned us that the battle had begun. As the morning wore on the firing grew heavier and heavier, until Elk Mountain, to the eastward, gave back an incessant echo. About 9 o'clock an order was brought by a staff-officer of General Lee, directing me to hurry to the left to reinforce Jackson, who was being hard pressed. Hastily recalling my skirmishers, I hurried forward, left in front, along the rear of the whole Confederate line of battle. As I passed what is now known as Cemetery Hill, I saw General Lee standing erect and calm, with a field-glass to his eye, his fine form sharply outlined against
ppy or good-natured soldiers that night, and we were thankful when morning came, so that we could leave. At the blast of the bugle, we again took up our line of march, and proceeded twelve miles, and again camped for the night, at the foot of Elk Mountain, in a most beautiful pine grove, the rich, green tops of which were so thickly crowded together as to obscure the lurid glare of our fires, while beneath this natural covering of pines, the most animating scene, fit for an elegant picture, preor a mile and a half up the mountain side, and neither man nor beast could get through. So, getting ready Friday morning, we set out for Huntersville, fourteen miles distant, followed a mountain-trail around the blockade, until, on the top of Elk Mountain, we again struck the main road. The boys were in excellent condition, and were entertaining themselves with speculations about the probable events of the day, as Major Webster intended to attack the place that afternoon. Seven or eight miles
g in the road, with not sufficient life to get out of the way of the moving column, which would part to the right and left, as if commiserating the condition of the poor animals that a sad necessity consigned to the cold solitude of the mountains. This night we encamped near Mrs. Gibson's, on the head of Elk River, and within our own lines, but had hardly any thing to eat, and a small allowance of hay for our horses. Next morning, resumed the march over the same kind of roads, crossed Elk Mountain, and camped for the night on the top of the Valley Mountain, at the Mingo Flats. Here we felt almost home, and visions of crackers and bacon began to float in our imaginations, and at this time our stock of coffee was exhausted. We reached the mouth of Elkwater at noon, where we met a supply-train from Colonel Moore, with the wished — for crackers, and with our crackers and coffee forgot, in a measure, the hardships of the expedition. We camped for the night near Huttonville, and Chr
march. Although unprotected, he held his station to the last and was finally captured by the Southern troops. Signal officer pierce receiving a message from General McClellan at the elk mountain station after the battle of Antietam Elk Mountain is in the South Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge; its summit here shown commanded a view of almost the entire Antietam battlefield during September 17th, 1862, the bloodiest single day of the Civil War. The Elk Mountain Signal Station was opereld his station to the last and was finally captured by the Southern troops. The reoccupancy of Sugar Loaf a week later enabled McClellan to establish a network of stations, whose activities contributed to the victory of South Mountain. As Elk Mountain dominated the valley of the Antietam, Headquarters of the Union signal corps at Vicksburg 1864 After the surrender of Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, the Signal Corps of Grant's army was under the command of Lieutenant John W. Deford, a rec
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Illinois Volunteers. (search)
eston May to July. Moved to Beverly July 2-7 and duty there till November. Beverly July 14. Shanghai July 16. Martinsburg July 18-19. Averill's Raid through Hardy, Pendleton, Highland, Bath, Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties August 5-31. Rocky Gap, near White Sulphur Springs, August 25-26. Salt Lick Bridge October 14. Averill's Raid from Beverly to Lewisburg and Virginia and Tennessee R. R., November 1-17. Mill Point November 5. Droop Mountain November 6. Elk Mountain, near Hillsborough, November 10. Averill's Raid on Virginia and Tennessee R. R. December 8-25. March through Elk Mountain Pass to Beverly, December 13-17, and duty at Beverly till April, 1864, and at Harper's Ferry and on Baltimore R. R. till July. Baltlmore and Ohio R. R., between Bloomfield and Piedmont, May 5, 1864. Mustered out July 16, 1864. Sherer's Independent Cavalry Company. Organized at Aurora, Ill., as Company B Cavalry, 36th Illinois Infantry, and mustered i
14-November 17. Duty at Brownstown November 17, 1862, to January 8, 1863. Scout to Boone, Wyoming and Logan Counties December 1-10, 1862. Moved to Buckhannon January 8, 1863, thence to Clarksburg April 26-27, and to Weston May 9-12. Moved to New Creek June 17, thence to Beverly July 2-7, and duty there till November 1. Averill's Raid from Beverly against Lewisburg and the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad November 1-17. Mill Point November 5. Droop Mountain November 6. Elk Mountain near Hillsborough November 10. March through Elk Mountain Pass to Beverly December 13-17, and duty at Beverly till April 23, 1864. Moved to join Army of the Shenandoah at Bunker Hill April 23-29. Sigel's Expedition to New Market April 30-May 16. Near Strasburg May 15. Battle of New Market May 16. Hunter's Expedition to Lynchburg, Va., May 26-June 8. Piedmont June 5. Occupation of Staunton June 6. March to Webster on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad with 1,000 priso
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, West Virginia Volunteers. (search)
er, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, Army of West Virginia, to January, 1864. Service. Protecting border counties against guerrillas from Phillippi to Suttonville, W. Va., till September, 1861. Rowell's Run September 6. Moved to Beverly September 10, thence to Elkwater, and duty there till April, 1862. Romney, Hanging Rock, September 23, 1861. Romney September 23-25. Mill Creek Mills October 26. Skirmishes in Clay, Braxton and Webster Counties December 29-31. Elk Mountain March 19, 1862. Advance on Staunton April 5-May 8. Cow Pasture May 7. Battle of McDowell May 8. Bull Pasture Mountain May 8. Reconnoissance to Franklin May 9-11. Franklin May 11-13. Strasburg and Staunton Road June 1-2. Battle of Cross Keys June 8. At Strasburg June 20-July 5. Advance to Luray July 5-11. Moved to Sperryville July 11, thence to Woodville July 22, and duty there till August 9. Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9. Crooked Creek August 12.
on: I congratulate both yourself and the officers and men under your command for your brilliant conduct on this occasion and your successful defense of the important position held by you against a force so superior. The President joins me in the expression of the satisfaction we both feel in finding our confidence in you and your command so fully justified. On the 30th of September the Confederate force under Colonel Gilham evacuated Valley mountain, and on October 2d took position on Elk mountain, where it remained until after the battle of Greenbrier River. After that it fell back to Marlin's bottom (now Marlinton), on the Greenbrier, where it threw up fortifications and remained until late in November, when that portion of the army of the Northwest, with the exception of the cavalry left at Huntersville, was withdrawn and sent to Winchester, to Gen. T. J. Jackson, who had, on the 4th of November, assumed command of the Valley district, which embraced Alleghany mountain. On t
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
; 145, A12 Eleven Points River, Mo. 47, 1; 153, C6 Elgin, Ark. 153, G5 Elizabeth, Ark. 153, G6; 171 Elizabeth City, N. C. 135-A; 138, B11; 171 Elizabeth Court-House, W. Va. 135-A; 140, F8; 141, A9 Elizabethtown, Ky. 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 150, B8; 151, H9; 171 Elk Creek, Indian Territory 119, 1; 135-A; 160, H7 Elk Fork, Mo. 161, F11 Elkhorn Tavern, Ark. 10, 2, 10, 3; 79, 6 Battle, March 6-8, 1862. See Pea Ridge, Ark. Elk Mountain, W. Va. 2, 4; 30, 5; 84, 9, 84, 10; 116, 3; 140, H11, 140, H12; 141, C13 Elk River, Ala. 24, 3; 61, 9; 117, 1; 149, D5 Elk River, Tenn. 24, 3; 34, 4, 34, 5; 35, 1; 61, 9; 97, 1; 149, B8, 149, C6 Elk River, W. Va. 2, 4; 140, G9, 140, H8; 141, B11, 141, C9 Elk Run, Va. 8, 1; 16, 1; 22, 7; 23, 5; 86, 14; 100, 1; 117, 1; 137, B7, 137, C5 Elkwater, W. Va. 2, 4; 116, 3 Ellidge's Mill, Ga. 48, 1; 57, 2 Ellis' Ford, Va. 22, 5; 23, 4; 44, 3; 45, 1; 74, 1
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