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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The killing of Lieutenant Meigs, of General Sheridan's staff-proof that it was done in fair combat. (search)
General Sheridan's burning of private houses in retaliation was cruel, and utterly unjustifiable by any law of civilized warfare, though in perfect keeping with the character of the man who afterwards boasted that he had made the Shenandoah Valley such a waste that even a crow flying over it would be obliged to carry his rations. General Early, in his Memoir of the last year of the war, makes this notice of the affair on facts well known to him: While Sheridan's forces were near Harrisonburg, and mine were watching them, three of our cavalry scouts, in their uniforms and with arms, got around his lines near a little town called Dayton, and encountered Lieutenant Meigs, a Federal engineer officer, with two soldiers. These parties came upon each other suddenly, and Lieutenant Meigs was ordered to surrender by one of our scouts, to which he replied by shooting and wounding the scout, who in his turn fired and killed the lieutenant. One of the men with Lieutenant Meigs was capt
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
osition at Strausburg, while Jackson raised the drooping hopes of the Confedracy by the following characteristic dispatch: Valley District, May 9, 1862. To General S. Cooper: God blessed our arms with victory at McDowell yesterday. T. J. Jackson, Major-General. After defeating Milroy — Fremont's advance guard — and pursuing him until he was driven out of the range of proposed operations in the valley, he ordered Ewell to move down the Luray valley, while he marched across by Harrisonburg down the main pike to Newmarket, and then over Massanuttin mountain to join Ewell in his advance. I shall never forget the enthusiasm with which we started on that march. The Luray Valley lies between the Blue Ridge and the Massanuttin (a high and precipitous mountain which suddenly rises from the valley opposite Swift Run Gap, and as suddenly terminates near Strausburg, fifty miles below), and is one of the loveliest spots that the sun shines upon. As we moved down this beautiful va
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
ements of Jackson and the rout of Banks so alarmed the authorities at Washington that the following dispatch changed the whole situation: Washington, May 20, 1862. General Fremont has been ordered by telegraph to move from Franklin on Harrisonburg to relieve General Banks, and capture or destroy Jackson's and Ewell's force. You are instructed, laying aside for the present the movement on Richmond, to put twenty thousand men in motion at once for the Shenandoah, moving on the line or inham, an Englishman, who had served as a Captain in the Austrian army, and as Colonel under Garibaldi, and had been given a commission as Colonel in the Federal army, led Fremont's advance on the morning of the 6th of June, when we marched from Harrisonburg across towards Port Republic, and confidently expressed his belief that his long-coveted opportunity of bagging Ashby had arrived. The result was, that by a very simple strategy, Ashby completely turned the tables on his Lordship, and bagge
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiseences of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
e drama, except to throw shot and shell at our ambulances and litter-bearers who were caring for the Federal wounded, and to shell the hospital into which we were gathering and ministering to the wounded of both armies. Fremont retreated to Harrisonburg and thence down the valley, where he formed with Shields the juncture which they had so long coveted in vain, but which was now too late to be of value. For five days Jackson rested his weary men in the beautiful valley just above Port Repuception was rendered still more complete by a little finesse practiced by Colonel Munford, who held the Confederate advance with his cavalry. A train of ambulances, with their escort, and a number of surgeons had come under flag of truce to Harrisonburg, to ask permission to carry back the Federal wounded, and while detaining them in a room adjoining his own quarters Colonel Munford received Mr. William Gilmer (a widely-known humorist, to whom he had given the cue), who came in with clanking