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guard. Buford was at the same time sent to Williamsport and Hagerstown. The duty above assigned by a bridge at Falling Waters and a ford at Williamsport. The cavalry in pursuit overtook the reaion with the Potomac through Hagerstown and Williamsport, General Ewell had been instructed to send ambulances; but they succeeded in reaching Williamsport without serious loss. They were attackeded and prisoners were compelled to await at Williamsport the subsiding of the river and the construceviously selected to cover the Potomac from Williamsport to Falling Waters, and an attack was awaiteeenth. Ewell's corps forded the river at Williamsport, those of Longstreet and Hill crossed upon one portion at Shepherdstown and another at Williamsport, and that the two columns united at Hagerstnsburgh, and that they are coming across at Williamsport. You may, however, feel quite sure that iff the enemy having crossed the Potomac near Williamsport, about the twenty-seventh of the month, the[5 more...]
he command. The battle of Hagerstown and Williamsport. Early on Monday morning, July sixth, General Kilpatrick decided to move rapidly to Williamsport. This was a difficult movement to execute, of the campaign. Taking a position on the Williamsport road, they awaited the approach of the enemloud that a portion of the force engaged at Williamsport supposed them to be rebels, and fired a cous's advance destroyed twenty wagons between Williamsport and Falling Waters. When Pennington's battced in the first position on the hill above Williamsport, the enemy, by concentrating their fire upooment for feeling so. All along the road to Williamsport prisoners were captured, and their rearguarrevented immediate pursuit. the left at Williamsport. Leaving Frederick City on the sixth, Gef Davis, and destroying a pontoon-bridge at Williamsport, Captain Dahlgren returned to headquarters.e whole command fled panic-stricken — or at Williamsport, where Custer's brigade of Michiganders, wi[3 more...]
f the rebel army. We believe that the plunder became their own private property, instead of the property of the rebel authorities, as is the case with their regular troops. They have thus a double incentive to plunder. We have heard much complaint of our people for not rushing to arms and driving the invaders away. It must be remembered that the entire southern half of our county, embracing two thirds of our population, was occupied by the rebels, who had heavy supporting columns at Williamsport. Every man of ours was threatened hourly at his own door, and concentration was impossible. Our people generally did their duty, but they were required in their respective neighborhoods to picket and protect, in some degree, their stock. A concentration of our men at Chambersburgh, or Greencastle, or Mercersburgh would have left twenty-five thousand people with their property entirely defenceless. In the valley the citizens were under arms, and had the roads barricaded for defence,
n of the war very glibly, but not logically. I was glad to find, on inquiry, that she was from Massachusetts. Her tongue, I fancy, drove her husband so far from her. With some of the poorer classes the Yankees have, during Milroy's reign, become very familiar, and one of my sergeants found a Yankee concealed in one of their houses. The country between Martinsburgh and Winchester is much desolated; little grain raised; the lands not good. On Thursday evening we crossed the Potomac at Williamsport. The river is one hundred and fifty yards wide here, but not more than two and a half feet deep. The day was cool and rainy, but the boys waded in cheerfully, and the air was rent with shouts of laughter as now and then some clumsy fellow stumbled and went under, head and ears. There are bluffs on the opposite shore, and here the towns-people collected to witness this singular spectacle. As we passed through the streets, the women and men in great numbers looked on in silence, as they
sidered unreliable. One or two reports of scouts, however, which were at first discredited, afterward proved to have been well founded, namely, that Lee had obtained a number of pontoons from Winchester, and that he was building flat-boats at Williamsport. On Sunday night, July twelfth, some of the corps commanders began, on their own respon-sibility, to throw up earthworks for a line of defence. This was continued through Monday and Monday night, even up to the very moment of the departure to say that this was entirely without his orders, and he strongly disapproved the proceeding, as well as condemned the position of much of the line. The escape of Lee was reported at daylight on Tuesday morning, by a negro who came in from Williamsport. His statement was not credited, General Meade believing that the enemy was merely concentrating his forces at some point on his long line to resist an attack. But by nine A. M. every body was convinced. The manner and means by which he esc
to give the facts connected with my fight at Falling Waters, I have the honor to state that at three o'clock, on the morning of the fourteenth ultimo, I learned that the enemy's pickets were retiring in my froot. Having been previously ordered to attack at seven A. M., I was ready to move at once. At daylight I had reached the crest of hills occupied by the enemy an hour before, and at a few moments before six o'clock General Custer drove the rear-guard of the enemy into the river at Williamsport. Learning from citizens that a portion of the enemy had retreated in the direction of Falling Waters, I at once moved rapidly for that point, and came up with the rear-guard of the enemy at half-past 7 A. M., at a point two miles distant from Falling Waters. We pressed on, driving the enemy before us, capturing many prisoners and one gun. When within a mile and a half from Falling Waters the enemy was found in large force, drawn up in line of battle on the crest of a hill, commandin
ork flew to arms, and occupied Baltimore, Harrisburgh, and the line of the Susquehanna. The two armies met at Gettysburgh, in Pennsylvania, and after a fierce contest of three days duration, and terrible slaughter on both sides, the insurgents recoiled from the position held by General Meade, who had been then only four days in command of the army of the Potomac. On the fourth of July, the day of the surrender of Vicksburgh, Lee retreated, passing through Chambersburgh and Hagerstown to Williamsport, where the proper disposition to attack him was made by General Meade. Deceived concerning the state of the river, supposed to be unfordable, General Meade, hourly expecting reenforcements, delayed the attack a day too long, and the insurgents, partly by fording and partly by floating bridges, succeeded in withdrawing across the river by night, with their artillery and a great part of their baggage. Much of this baggage, as well as of the plunder which Lee had collected, was destroyed b
n to the enemy as ourselves, may be briefly summed up as follows: Withdrawing from our position at Gettysburgh almost simultaneously with the enemy, our army formed line of battle, our right resting near Hagerstown, our left on the river, near Williamsport. Here we lay two tedious days and nights, offering fight, which the enemy declined, when it was determined to recross the river, which was most successfully accomplished. Of our movements since, or present position, I cannot speak, though itadvise you of facts accomplished, and events that may be given to the public without detriment. No considerable body of the enemy are yet reported to be on the south side of the river. A small body of cavalry advanced from the direction of Williamsport to-day, and captured three of our wagons and as many men, who had been foraging in the vicinity of the mountain, about seven miles from Martinsburgh. The remainder of the party escaped. General Pettigrew, of North-Carolina, died of his wou