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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 4: the Valley of the Shenandoah (continued)—Return to Strasburg. (search)
re, Clerk. In the middle of a vast clover-field just on the outskirts of the town my regiment, with the others of my brigade, were encamped. By orders from Washington we were to fortify Strasburg; Why the Government should have treated Front Royal as an outpost and Strasburg as the main place to be defended it is impossible to explain. Invited by General Banks, upon his accession to Patterson's command, to come to him at any and all times with such suggestions upon military affairs as I might wish to make, I took the liberty of advising him to move his main force to Front Royal, and thus holding a pass over the Blue Ridge so place himself upon his line of communications that his small force could not be surrounded by a larger one of the enemy. I besought him to apply for a change of orders to enable him to do this ; and Major Perkins, his adjutant-general, joined me in my intercessions. But Banks was immovable. therefore we did the best we could to throw up an incomplete f
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 5: return to Strasburg (continued)—Banks's flight to WinchesterBattle of Winchester. (search)
ral Lee heard of Shields's movement towards Front Royal, and wrote Jackson that it was very desirabginia. About one mile and a half north of Front Royal, in a direct line with Winchester, the two -travelled highway that leads from Luray to Front Royal, and by a steep and narrow footpath gained s Cedarville, which is five miles north of Front Royal, in the direction of Winchester. Here KenlStrasburg was aroused. On the road towards Front Royal, Banks sent troops with the vain purpose, pforce took part in the affair with Kenly at Front Royal, it is possible that the reports of Kenly'sis morning shows that the enemy returned to Front Royal last night, and will not, now at least, attaryland and Wheat's battalion, and move for Front Royal by the direct and shorter route. This boy-aign (Allan), p. 102. which is distant from Front Royal twelve miles. Steuart's orders were to strtion of fatigue in which his troops entered Front Royal on the night of the 23d, it will be remembe[27 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 6: battle of Winchester (continued)—Federal retreat across the Potomac to Williamsport. (search)
nd. From one and a half to two miles on my left, on the Front Royal road, Ewell was confronted by Donelly's brigade of threewell. Having reached a position on the direct road from Front Royal to Winchester, within two miles of the latter, at ten o'nclude Ashby's loss, and that in the Louisiana troops at Front Royal, and in the First Maryland. See Jackson's Valley Campai all of our supplies were thus saved. But the stores at Front Royal, of which he had no knowledge until his visit to that ponstituting a portion of this army, over General Banks at Front Royal, Middletown, and Winchester, declares that several thoussburg in an ambulance: Ashby, it appears, was wounded at Front Royal in the shoulder, and could not mount a horse. Followingo went to Boston about the time Jackson broke through at Front Royal, and wrote letters and editorials abusing the Administraort on the preceding day by rail, via Manassas, to reach Front Royal, to which place my command had moved from Bartonsville,
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
here, taking the train for Winchester, I reached my command on the twenty-fifth of June. My camp was located on the Front Royal and Winchester road, some seven or eight miles north of the former town, where we could watch the crossings of the Shecious of the impending doom! It was while General Banks's headquarters were at Middletown, and we were in camp near Front Royal, that we heard of the President's order of the 26th of June, 1862, gathering up all the stray and loose armies within e coming tragedy not yet revealed, we took up our line of march, halting the first night one mile south of the town of Front Royal. The next day we crossed the Blue Ridge at Chester Gap, and began our campaign within the region bounded by those moude up of infantry, 13,343; artillery, 1,224; cavalry, 4,104: total, 18,671,--less 3,500 infantry and artillery left at Front Royal and Winchester, Pope in his official report distinctly states that it appeared after the battle that when Banks led hi
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Index (search)
another case of discipline in the Second, 96, 97. Enumeration of his force in the Shenandoah Valley, 113, 114. Proposes to attack Jackson, but is deterred by orders from Washington, 167. Refuses to accept General Gordon's advice to move to Front Royal, 172 (note). Is deceived in regard to Jackson's movements, 174. Enumeration of his forces at Strasburg, 183 (note). His fancied security at Strasburg suddenly disturbed, 190,yet he makes no provision for safety, 191,--and meets General Gordonegins by attacking Milroy, 177 et seq. Defeats Milroy and Schenck at MacDowell, 179. Pushes on to attack Banks, 180-182 etseq.; his slow progress, 184; but gets upon Banks's flank without the latter's knowledge, 185. Attacks Colonel Kenly at Front Royal, 187,--and destroys or captures Kenly's force at Cedarville, 189. Is hindered in his advance on Strasburg by disobedience of his orders, 198. Hopes to capture the whole of Banks's force before the latter can leave Strasburg, 208. Advances t