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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Romney, skirmish at (search)
a towards Harper's Ferry, where the Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston was with a strong force. Travelling by railway, the regiment reached Grafton, Va., very soon, and on the night of the 9th was near Cumberland. At Romney, Va., only a day's march south from Cumberland, there was then a Confederate force, about 1,200 strong. Wallace resolved to attack it at once. Led by faithful guides along an unguarded mountain road, at night, Wallace, with 800 of his men (having left the others at New Creek), made a perilous journey, and got near Romney at 8 P. M. on June 11. In a narrow pass, half a mile from the bridge that spanned the south branch of the Potomac at Romney, the advance of the Zouaves was fired upon by Confederate pickets. The camp of the latter was on a bluff near the village, where they had planted two cannon. The Indianians pressed forward, drove the Confederates before them, and, pushing directly up the hill, captured the battery. After a slight skirmish, the Conf
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wallace, Lewis 1827- (search)
on. He served one term in the State Senate; and when the Civil War broke out he was appointed adjutant-general of Indiana. Soon afterwards he was made colonel of the 11th (Zouave) Indiana Volunteers, with which he performed signal Lewis Wallace. service in western Virginia (see Romney, skirmish at). When he fell back to Cumberland, after his dash on Romney, the Confederates took heart and advanced, 4,000 strong—infantry, cavalry, and artillery—under Colonel McDonald. They pushed on to New Creek and destroyed the bridge of the Baltimore and Ohio Railway there. They pressed on, destroyed all communication between Cumberland and Grafton, and completely isolated Wallace. He had neither cannon nor cavalry, and for twenty-one days his men had only twenty-one rounds of cartridges apiece. He prepared to retreat to Bedford, Pa., if attacked. He could not hold Cumberland, and sent his sick and baggage in that direction. Then he boldly led his regiment out upon the same road, halted,