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Charleston (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
effort might lead them to the spoils of a wealthy capital. If the arrival of General Patterson's army was suspected, it was not known. At the most, it was only the army which, before it was appalled by disaster, had so often recoiled before the 11,000 of General Johnston. How then could it meet 40,000 Confederates flushed with victory? But in truth, at the hour Jackson was piercing the centre of McDowell, with a fatal thrust, at Manassas, Patterson was haranguing his mutinous troops at Charleston, within a few miles of the lines in which Johnston had left him the Thursday before; and the Confederate forces would have reached Washington before him. The recital of these numerous obstacles, which were surmised (and with probable reason) to exist, but which the event showed did not exist, teaches what was the true fault of the Southern commanders. They are not to be condemned by history because they did not actually take Washington, but because they did not try. Their inexcusable err
Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
cans had impelled them to adopt it, but it was a confessed novelty; and with all their heat, there was no solid assurance of its success. The triumphs of the patriots against it would have taught multitudes to reconsider the rash and bloody experiment, and to return, though with reluctance, to the creed which founded the Union on the consent of the sovereign States. But especially were decisive results at the outset important to determine the wavering judgments of Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri. The occupation of Washington would have transferred the former of these States from the Northern to the Southern side, and have united the divided allegiance of the other two; and such a change in the balance of strength, would have decided the whole subsequent success, had the North thereafter endeavored to continue the struggle. With these views of the campaign, General Jackson earnestly concurred. His sense of official propriety sealed his lips; and, when the more impatient spirit
Manassas, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
Chapter 7: Manassas. The movement of General Johnston from Harper's Ferry to Winchester was dictated, not only by the cle army should be transported on successive trains to Manassas Junction by the morning of Saturday; but by a collision which piercing the centre of McDowell, with a fatal thrust, at Manassas, Patterson was haranguing his mutinous troops at Charlester those over me may decide, and I am content to be here (Manassas). The success of my cause is the earthly object near my hs six precious weeks had been wasted since the victory at Manassas, and the enemy had been allowed to recover from his panicent westward; that General Beauregard should be left near Manassas with his corps, to hold the enemy in check, supported, ifhe Minister of War rewarded General Jackson's services at Manassas with promotion to the rank of Major-General in the Provis bivouac, or the tented field; or on the bloody plains of Manassas, where you gained the well-deserved reputation of having
Harper's Ferry (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
7: Manassas. The movement of General Johnston from Harper's Ferry to Winchester was dictated, not only by the circumstanuring the month of July, while General Johnston was at Harper's Ferry, the victorious forces of McClellan would have been inhe Baltimore Railroad offered ready means; while, from Harper's Ferry to Manassa's Junction, General Johnston must have travral Johnston's rear to them equally whether he were at Harper's Ferry or at Winchester, and at once required the evacuation ffected, when he sluggishly drew off his hosts towards Harper's Ferry. As soon as the troops had gone three miles from Wincailroad, which lies on the territory of Virginia, from Harper's Ferry westward, and to employ it as the line of operations fme should re-occupy the lower Valley about Winchester, Harper's Ferry, and Martinsburg, and, making it his base, push his popeech, but simply to say farewell. I first met you at Harper's Ferry in the commencement of this war, and I cannot take lea
Smithfield, W. Va. (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
ed at the first appearance of the Federal advance, General Beauregard had given notice to General Johnston, that the time had arrived for him to render his aid. Accordingly, on the forenoon of Thursday the 18th, the army of the Valley, numbering about eleven thousand men, was ordered under arms at its camp, north of Winchester, and the tents were struck. No man knew the intent, save that it was supposed they were about to attack Patterson, who lay to the north of them, from Bunker Hill to Smithfield, with twenty thousand men; and joy and alacrity glowed on every face. But at midday, they were ordered to march in the opposite direction, through the town, and then to turn southeastward towards Millwood and the fords of the Shenandoah. As they passed through the streets of Winchester, the citizens, whose hospitality the soldiers had so often enjoyed, asked, with sad and astonished faces, if they were deserting them, and handing them over to the Vandal enemy. They answered, with equ
Rich Mountain (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
generous pride, and an unwillingness to leave a loyal population exposed, even for a time, to the oppressions of a clique of traitors, backed by invaders. A small army was sent thither, under General Garnett, through vast difficulties. It numbered about 5000 men, and, as might have been expected, found itself confronted by a force of fourfold numbers and resources, under General McClellan. On the 11th of July, the little army, indiscreetly divided into two detachments, was assailed at Rich Mountain. Both parts were compelled to retreat across the Alleghanies with the loss of their baggage and a number of prisoners, and, at the skirmish at Cannock's Ford, their unfortunate leader was killed. It was this easy triumph which procured for General McClellan, from the Yankee people, the title of The young Napoleon, the most complete misnomer by which the rising fortunes of a young aspirant were ever caricatured. General Jackson held, that there was one plan of campaign by which the
Shenandoah (United States) (search for this): chapter 8
er, General Johnston commanded the whole column to halt, and an order was read explaining their destination. Our gallant army under General Beauregard, said this order, is now attacked by overwhelming numbers; the commanding general hopes that his troops will step out like men, and make a forced march to save the country. At these nervous words, every countenance brightened with joy, and the army rent the air with their shouts. They hurried forward, often at a double-quick, waded the Shenandoah River, which was waist-deep to the men, ascended the Blue Ridge at Ashby's Gap, and, two hours after midnight, paused for a few hours' rest at the little village of Paris, upon the eastern slope of the mountain. Here General Jackson turned his brigade into an enclosure occupied by a beautiful grove, and the wearied men fell prostrate upon the earth without food. In a little time an officer came to Jackson, reminded him that there were no sentries posted around his bivouac, while the men wer
Stannard (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
other force than skirmishers,--a vital point to one so fearfully outnumbered. The swelling ridge gave his artillery a commanding elevation, whence every approach of the enemy in front could be swept with effect, and, by placing his guns a little behind the crest, he gave the cannoneers who served them a protection from the adverse fire. The infantry supports in the rear of the batteries were still better shielded. Here, then, he began the new formation, by putting in position two guns of Stanard's battery, with the regiments which headed his column of march, and, while the remainder came to the ground designed for them, these two pieces held the enemy in check by their accurate fire. The opposing batteries were then upon the hill beyond the valley in front, which was also swarming with heavy masses of Federal infantry. Jackson recalled Imboden's battery, which had entered the action with General Bee's command, and gallantly maintained a perilous position until all its supports we
Ohio (United States) (search for this): chapter 8
al Jackson, in reference to his native region, Northwestern Virginia. The communications of all the region between the Ohio River and the Alleghany Mountains, are much more easy with the States of the Northwest than with the remainder of Virginia. rts of the Confederacy could only be had by a tedious journey over mountain roads. The western border is washed by the Ohio River, which floats the mammoth steamboats of Pittsburg and Cincinnati, save during the summer-heats. The Monongahela, a nav hope that the Government would despatch it to the Northwest, and the modest belief, that he could march with it to the Ohio River. He declared that he was willing to serve in any capacity under General Garnett, then commanding there. After that uny, and Martinsburg, and, making it his base, push his powerful corps, by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, direct to the Ohio River; and that thence he should cut off the retreat of General Rosecranz and his whole force, whom General Lee had drawn far
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 8
a mere band of ragamuffins, will fly, like chaff before the wind, on our approach. But who can wonder that the press of America should pander thus to the ignorance and the arrogance of the North, when Seward himself, just a month before the Battle g in arms against each other, after the separation. And again: It is erroneous to suppose that any war exists in the United States. Certainly there cannot be two belligerent powers, where there is no war. Read in the light of subsequent events, cred, after a time, nearly to its original shape and soundness. While he was at this place, the President of the Confederate States, with a brilliant staff, galloped by towards the battle-field, and called upon the idlers to return with him to thee (though I am so utterly unworthy and so ungrateful), for making me a major-general of the provisional army of the Confederate States. The commission dates from October 7th. What I need is a more grateful heart to the Giver of every good and
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