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the same deliberation. The mule lay quiet for a moment, then arose, shook his head, a truce was declared, and driver and mule were at peace and understood each other. Here is another illustration of misplaced confidence. On the road to Harper's Ferry, after the Antietam campaign in 1862, the colored cook of the headquarters of the Sixtieth New York Regiment picked up a large and respectable looking mule, to whom, with a cook's usual foresight and ambition, he attached all the paraphernali the cook-house together with his own personal belongings, and settled himself down proudly on his back among them. All went on serenely for a time, the mule apparently accepting the situation with composure, until the Potomac was reached at Harper's Ferry. On arriving in the middle of the pontoon bridge upon which the army was crossing, from some unexplained reason — perhaps because, on looking into the water, he saw himself as others saw him — the mule lifted up his voice in one of those sou
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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Jackson at Harper's Ferry in 1861. (search)
superintendent of the Government works at Harper's Ferry. See page 125 for a letter of Mr. Barboe Blue Ridge, they were to rendezvous near Harper's Ferry. Ashby had sent men on the night of the 1an at once impressed the Manassas Map of Harper's Ferry. Gap train to take the lead, and switched ery fair afternoon the official display in Harper's Ferry of fuss and feathers would have done no dind Maryland heights. Loudoun heights. Harper's Ferry, looking down the Potomac. From a photogromac at Point of Rocks, twelve miles below Harper's Ferry, and fortified the Virginia end of the bri canal and railroad from Point of Rocks to Harper's Ferry preparatory to a sharp bit of strategy whion the seaboard. These coal trains passed Harper's Ferry at all hours of the day and night, and thu) Henry J. Hunt was assigned to command at Harper's Ferry, and Lieutenant Roger Jones was ordered tose of the valuable Government interests at Harper's Ferry would be impracticable unless large reinfo[16 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., McClellan in West Virginia. (search)
onel Lew Wallace, passed through Cincinnati June 7th on their way to the front. They belonged to General Morris's first Indiana Brigade (which also included the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Indiana regiments), but were placed on detached service at Cumberland, on the Potomac. Under instructions from General Robert Patterson, Colonel Wallace led an expedition against a force of about five hundred Confederates at Romney, which influenced General J. E. Johnston in his decision to evacuate Harper's Ferry (see note, page 120). in his report of the Romney engagement Colonel Wallace says: I left Cumberland at 10 o'clock on the night of the 12th June with 8 companies, in all about 500 men, and by railway went to New Creek station, 21 miles distant. A little after 4 o'clock I started my men across the mountains, 23 miles off, intending to reach the town by 6 o'clock in the morning. The road was very fatiguing and rough. with the utmost industry I did not get near Romney until about 8 o
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Virginia scenes in 1861. (search)
Virginia scenes in 1861. Constance Cary Harrison. The seventh New York at camp Cameron, Washington. The only association I have with my old home in Virginia that is not one of unmixed happiness relates to the time immediately succeeding the execution of John Brown at Harper's Ferry. Our homestead was in Fairfax, at a considerable distance from the theater of that tragic episode; and, belonging as we did to a family among the first in the State to manumit slaves,--our grandfather having set free those that came to him by inheritance, and the people who served us being hired from their owners and remaining in our employ through years of kindliest relations,there seemed to be no especial reason for us to share in the apprehension of an uprising of the blacks. But there was the fear — unspoken, or pooh-poohed at by the men who were mouth-pieces for our community-dark, boding, oppressive, and altogether hateful. I can remember taking it to bed with me at night, and awaking s
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., McDowell's advance to Bull Run. (search)
l, and was evacuated on the 14th. Virginia seceded on the 17th, and seized Harper's Ferry on the 18th and the Norfolk Navy Yard on the 20th. On the 19th a mob in Bathat new-born free State. Patterson's movement to Hagerstown and thence to Harper's Ferry was to prevent Maryland from joining or aiding the rebellion, to re-open th, a veteran of the war of 1812 and the war with Mexico, was in command near Harper's Ferry, opposed by General Joseph E. Johnston. The Confederate President, Davis, decisive moment. Early in June Patterson was pushing his column against Harper's Ferry, and on the 3d of that month McDowell was called upon by General Scott to sn and perhaps the Gap, say in 4 or 5 days, to favor Patterson's attack upon Harper's Ferry. McDowell had then been in command at Arlington less than a week, his raw eady to move from Alexandria would be required. Johnston, however, gave up Harper's Ferry to Patterson, and the diversion by McDowell was not ordered. But the publi
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Incidents of the first Bull Run. (search)
s a lieutenant-general commanded the Trans-Mississippi army when the final collapse came. During our withdrawal from Harper's Ferry, on June 16th, we were deflected from our direct line of march, and held in line of battle a day at Bunker Hill, a feore my battery took up the line of march — as I now recollect, with the rear-guard, as had been the case when we left Harper's Ferry a month before. It was thought probable that Patterson, who was south of the Potomac, and only a few miles distant, rty were young mechanics, whose mechanical skill was of much service. I had provided them with red flannel shirts at Harper's Ferry, because our uniforms were too fine for camp life and for service in the field.-J. D. I. (my own battery) was at the kenbrough were equal to the occasion. Heaton had been under my command with his battery at the Point of Rocks, below Harper's Ferry, the previous May, and was a brave and skillful young officer. Several other batteries soon came into line, so that
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Responsibilities of the first Bull Run. (search)
and threatened: one, under General J. E. Johnston, at Harper's Ferry, covering the valley of the Shenandoah Harper's FerryHarper's Ferry was an important position both for military and political considerations The demonstrations of General Patterson, commandilowed to retire to a position nearer to Winchester. Harper's Ferry is 22 miles east of the route into the Shenandoah Valle your discretion as to retiring from your position at Harper's Ferry. This letter of Major Whiting to General Johnston,letter of instructions to General Johnston received at Harper's Ferry giving him permission to use his discretion which is t page 341 Mr. Davis says: The temporary occupation [of Harper's Ferry] was especially needful for the removal of the valuablr (page 341) was received two days after the army left Harper's Ferry to meet General McClellan's troops, believed by intell relieving General Patterson in command of the army at Harper's Ferry, General Patterson being by the same orders honorably
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., The Pea Ridge campaign. (search)
prise and bag an enemy, whose forces are concentrated and Brigadier-General stand Watie, C. S. A., of the Indian forces. From a photograph. who holds the interior lines or inside track, will always be great, unless the enemy's troops are inferior in quality, or otherwise at a disadvantage. During the war there was not, I believe, a single case where an army tried such a bagging process and succeeded in it, except in the attack of posts and intrenched positions, as, for instance, at Harper's Ferry during the advance of Lee into Maryland in September, 1862, and with partial success at Winchester, June 15th, 1863. There are instances where flanking manoeuvres of great detachments from the main army have been successful, but more through non-interference with: them than for other reasons. Jackson's detour into the rear of the Army of Virginia, in August, 1862, was a strategical surprise, that was only successfully executed because it was not discovered in time, or rather because, w
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Holding Kentucky for the Union. (search)
agoffin indignantly refused to furnish. Shortly afterward he was asked by the Secretary of War of the Confederacy for a regiment. He declined this request as beyond his power to grant. His course did not suit the more ardent of the young men on either side. Blanton Duncan had already procured authority to recruit for the Confederacy, and in various portions of the State men were publicly engaged in raising companies for him. Before the end of April he had started with a regiment for Harper's Ferry by way of Nashville. An incident connected with this movement shows how strong the belief still was that the war was to be short, and that Kentucky might keep out of it. As Desha's company of Duncan's regiment was leaving Cynthiana, Ky., by rail, one of the privates said to a friend who was bidding him farewell: Be sure to vote for Crittenden [then the Union candidate for delegate to the Border State Conference] and keep Kentucky out of the fuss. We are just going to Virginia on a litt
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