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Carlisle, Pa. (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
as of radical importance, and it was obviously the advanced post of all her defences. As soon as war became imminent, the minds of the people were turned to the value of the arms stored at Harper's Ferry, because they were precisely what Virginia lacked. Almost without prompting from the authorities, the militia was assembling in the neighborhood to capture the place; when the officer in command of the Federal guard attempted to destroy the factories and arsenals, and fled to Carlisle, in Pennsylvania. His designs against the former were abortive, and a quantity of machinery and materials, which proved of priceless value to the Commonwealth, was rescued; but when the militia entered the village, the storehouses, which had contained thousands of valuable arms, were wrapped in flames. It was indeed ascertained, that the larger part of the muskets were not consumed with the buildings, but were stolen and secreted by the inhabitants of the place. Of these, a few thousands were d
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ext. This was found in the false assertion that the Confederate States had inaugurated war, and thus justified a resort to ceit of its own power. The whole preparation of the Confederate States for self-defence, and the solemn warnings uttered bythe remark, that, inasmuch as the authorities of the Confederate States had seen fit to pursue the other policy, he had cheeo perpetrate all the horrors of savage warfare. The Confederate States ought not to submit to these enormities, and could nIndeed, it was in every way for the advantage of the Confederate States, that the war should be made to unmask its murderouspled forbearance of the people and government of the Confederate States. Meantime, on the 2d of May, Virginia had adopted the Constitution of the Confederate States, appointed Commissioners to their Congress, and thus united her fortunes with te did it afterwards appear that the railroads of the Confederate States should be recruited with the remaining stock at Mart
Romney (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
cross the Potomac at the little village of Williamsport, the position then occupied by General Patterson. Another, known as the northwestern turnpike, passes by Romney, across the Alleghany Mountains, throughout northwestern Virginia to the Ohio River. And others, leading eastward, southward, and southwestward into the interiord all his heavy guns and stores, he left that place on Sunday, June 16. About this time, the advance of the Federal army from the northwest was reported to be at Romney, forty miles west of Winchester; and General Patterson was crossing the Potomac at Williamsport, nearly the same distance to the north, with 18,000 men. General finitely beyond my deserts. I ought to be a devoted follower of the Redeemer. About this time, Colonel A. P. Hill, afterwards Lieut.-General, was sent towards Romney with a detachment of Confederate troops. The Federalists there retired before him, and having occupied that village, he proceeded along the Baltimore and Ohio Ra
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ened in the Blue Ridge by the Potomac, passes also the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, the great turnpike road from the regions of the Upper Potomac to the cities of Washington and Baltimore, and the railroad, which constitutes the grand connexion of those cities with the coal-fields whence they draw their fuel, and with the great WestHarper's Ferry, into regiments, and to instruct them diligently in military drill and discipline, to retain control of the great thoroughfares leading towards Washington city, and prevent their use by the Federal authorities for offensive purposes, even by their partial destruction, if necessary; to urge on the completion of fire-avernment would be sure to add political persecution of our citizens to the other rigors of war, under the pretext of punishing rebellion. The Administration at Washington was indebted to Abolitionism for its rpel strength, and would find itself impelled, whether it willed it or not, to conduct the war in accordance with the deman
Winchester, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
the way. he wrote thus to his wife:-- Winchester, April 29th.-I expect to leave here about haides this, the railroad leading southward to Winchester, diverges from Harper's Ferry, and ascends touthwestward into the interior of the State, Winchester, was therefore the true strategic point for to Charlestown, eight miles upon the road to Winchester, turned westward to meet Patterson, and chosnker Hill, a wooded range of uplands between Winchester and Martinsburg. Upon hearing of this movemM., when he gave the order to return towards Winchester. At about sunset, we reached this place, which is about three miles north of Winchester, on the turnpike leading thence to Martinsburg. Whenuable property should have been withdrawn to Winchester by the way of Harper's Ferry, before this pond of four days, General Johnston retired to Winchester. On the 15th of July General Patterson advao much needed by him. Upon his return to Winchester, Colonel Jackson received the following note[4 more...]
Loudoun Heights (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
e the arsenals, where many thousands were stored. The space between the two rivers is also filled by a mountain of secondary elevation, called Bolivar Heights, and on the lower declivities of this ridge, as it descends to the junction of the two streams, the town is built in a rambling fashion. East of the Shenandoah the Blue Ridge rises immediately from the waters, overlooking the village, and the sides of Bolivar Heights. Here the mountain, lying in the county of Loudoun, is called Loudoun Heights. North of it, and across the Potomac, the twin mountain, bearing the name of Maryland Heights, rises to an equal altitude, and commands the whole valley of the Potomac above. From this description, it is manifest that Harper's Ferry is worthless as a defensive military post, when assailed by a large force, unless it were also garrisoned by a great army, and supplied with a vast artillery, sufficient to crown all the triangle of mountains which surround it, and to connect those crests
Harper's Ferry (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
nia forces, and ordered to take command at Harper's Ferry. The next day this appointment was sent tction; and the other was, the desertion of Harper's Ferry. This little village, which events having southward to Winchester, diverges from Harper's Ferry, and ascends the valley of the Shenandoah. turned to the value of the arms stored at Harper's Ferry, because they were precisely what Virginia About this time, there were assembled at Harper's Ferry, 2100 Virginian troops, with 400 Kentuckiamined, if necessary, to die at his post at Harper's Ferry, in order to elevate the spirit of Southerled him. Not long after he took command at Harper's Ferry, a dignified and friendly Committee of theWhen General Johnston, however, arrived at Harper's Ferry, and claimed to relieve Colonel Jackson ofing destroyed the great railroad bridge at Harper's Ferry, and the factories of the Government, and cross the streams, between Martinsburg and Harper's Ferry, were by this time burned. So desirable d[12 more...]
Charleston (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
Chapter 6: first campaign in the Valley. The reduction of Fort Sumter aroused at the North a general paroxysm of fury and revenge. Wherever there was enough of the spirit of moderation and justice to dissent, violent mobs were collected, which intimidated not only the press, but the pulpit, and exacted a pretended approval of the war-frenzy. The cry was, that the flag of the Union had been insulted, the Government assailed by treason, and the very life of tie nation threatened. But even then, the enormity of the purposed crime of subduing free and equal States by violence, was so palpably felt, that the public mind, passionate as it was, acknowledged the necessity for a pretext. This was found in the false assertion that the Confederate States had inaugurated war, and thus justified a resort to force,--a misrepresentation which has already been refuted. It was claimed for the North, that its temper was just and pacific; and the contrast between the seeming calmness of her pe
Jackson (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
it was reported to the Convention for their approval, influential friends from Jackson's native district, by whom his powers were better esteemed, remonstrated with ry collision between the two authorities, which displayed the inflexibility of Jackson's character. He replied that he had been intrusted by Major-General Lee, at tof the West Point Academy, was attached to this brigade, and was usually under Jackson's orders. His brigade staff was composed of Major Frank Jones (who also fell eutenant Alexander S. Pendleton, Ordnance Officer. It is due to the credit of Jackson's wisdom in the selection of his instruments, and to the gallant and devoted m at last, ventured to cross the Potomac again in force, and to advance towards Jackson's camp. The latter immediately struck his tents, and ordered his command undeel Stuart in a dash of his cavalry, and a large number of killed and wounded. Jackson's loss was two men killed and ten wounded. He was probably the only man in the
Gaines Mill (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
t the different posts, were now separated and organized into a brigade, of which he was made commander. Thus began his connexion with the Stonewall Brigade. It was composed of the 2d Virginia regiment, commanded by Colonel Allen, who fell at Gaines' Mill; the 4th, commanded by Colonel Preston; the 5th, commanded by Colonel Harper; the 27th, commanded by Colonel Gordon; and, a little after, the 33d, commanded by Colonel Cummings. The battery of light field-guns, from his own village of Lexingtongregation of that place, formerly a graduate of the West Point Academy, was attached to this brigade, and was usually under Jackson's orders. His brigade staff was composed of Major Frank Jones (who also fell as Major in the 2d regiment, at Gaines' Mill), Adjutant; Lieutenant-Colonel James W. Massie, Aide-de-camp; Dr. Hunter McGuire, Medical Director; Major William Hawkes, Chief Commissary; Major John Harman, Chief Quartermaster; and Lieutenant Alexander S. Pendleton, Ordnance Officer. It is
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