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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 1: from Massachusetts to Virginia. (search)
nth of July, the regiment forded for the first time the Potomac, at Williamsport in Maryland, and entered upon the sacred soil of Virginia. Its destination was Martinsburg, the headquarters of General Patterson, to whom, as ordered by General Scott, I was to report. Never again was the Second to make that march in such style. e order, moving with the military precision of veterans, and keeping time to the music of a full band, which echoed through the streets. This, as it approached Martinsburg. As the regiment proceeded, mobs of men, some with shreds of uniform, others with shreds of clothing, lined the road-way and squat upon the fence-rails. I cou whisper was heard nor a light burned, nor was there a sentinel who was not walking his round. On the fourteenth of July, 1861, three days from my arrival at Martinsburg, an order was given to march south to Bunker Hill en route to Winchester, to engage Joe Johnston, the rebel commander of forces there. While the tents were
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
uld not have asked such foolish questions. He would have known that irregularity in the supply of food is an inevitable accompaniment of the movement of armies, and that the better the soldier the less he grumbles at the inevitable. But the change in circumstances from the offensive in Virginia to the defensive in Maryland wrought another change, which our enemies appreciated. The neighbors of that farmer who was paid for green grass and down-trodden fields at our first encampment at Martinsburg, had themselves suffered from an appropriation of the contents of well-stocked larders at their homes. Inspired, therefore, by the success of the Martinsburg farmer, and forgetting that the result of Manassas effectually dispelled the tender and half-regretful emotions with which we had drawn the sword, they made complaints and asked compensation for their losses. A Virginian informed me by letter, that, though his ancestors came from a line of warriors, even tracing them to one of the
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 3: through Harper's Ferry to Winchester—The Valley of the Shenandoah. (search)
d on and to Charlestown from Harper's Ferry, General Williams with my old Darnstown brigade moved from Hancock through Martinsburg to Bunker Hill (our old position under Patterson); General Hamilton passing through Charlestown stopped at Smithfield, midway between Charlestown and Bunker Hill; General Shields halted at Martinsburg, and General Sedgwick at Charlestown. Our route was first south from Charlestown to Berryville, fourteen and one half miles, then due west to Winchester, about ten and in tones of profound discouragement he said, No, I cannot sacrifice my men. I intended to attack the enemy on the Martinsburg road, but they are approaching on the flanks, too, and would surround me. I cannot sacrifice my men, I must fall back.unfeigned delight upon his stratagem in placing his force in a secluded position, two miles from Winchester, upon the Martinsburg road, to give the inhabitants an impression that the main part of his army had left, and that nothing remained but a f
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 6: battle of Winchester (continued)—Federal retreat across the Potomac to Williamsport. (search)
to the main street, through which, towards Martinsburg, moved the main column of our troops. An ecame out of the town upon the north, on the Martinsburg road, where a long column of baggage-wagonsen this was stopped a short distance beyond Martinsburg. After twenty-four miles of mounted pursuir debouching upon the plain and turnpike to Martinsburg, and after being fired upon by our artillerted, proceeded as far as Hainesville beyond Martinsburg, contenting himself with picking up a good by birth, he volunteered to drive Ashby to Martinsburg in an ambulance: Ashby, it appears, was wou occupation of towns between Winchester and Martinsburg, shows that we had not greatly exaggerated ptured major, at our camp, en route through Martinsburg to Winchester to learn his brother's fate. Colonel De Forrest, then in command at Martinsburg, was ordered by General Hatch to send with Mr.d the river at Williamsport, moved through Martinsburg and Winchester, over historic ground, and w[2 more...]