approach to the Confederate
capital was to be attempted from that direction.
Already he had proceeded thither with his two divisions which had made the Valley
Campaign—his own and Ewell
's—when ours, commanded by A. P. Hill
, received orders to join them, and all three were thenceforth incorporated in the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, as long as he commanded it.
we had fought the sharp engagement of Cedar Mountain
on the 9th of August, 1862, and checked Pope
's advance to the Rapidan
Then, after some days of rest, we again took the initiative and, crossing the little river, went after him. But the General
who had heretofore ‘seen only the backs of his enemies’ did not see fit to await our coming, but made so prompt and rapid a retrograde movement that even our expeditious ‘foot cavalry’ could not come up with him before he passed the Rappahannock
It was on this hurried pursuit, passing through Brandy Station
, that a figure came riding along the toiling column toward the front.
He was in no wise remarkable in appearance, and it was with surprise that the writer heard that he was no other than our commander, General ‘Stonewall
he wore a rather faded gray coat and cap to match—the latter of the ‘cadet’ pattern then in vogue and tilted so far over his eyes that they were not visible, and his mount and General appearance were not distinctive of high rank.
In fact, he seemed some courier carrying a message to some General officer
Despite his West Point
training, he was never a showy horseman—in which respect he had a precedent in the great Napoleon
When we took Harper's Ferry
, in September of that same year, one of the surrendered garrison remarked, when Jackson
was pointed out to him, ‘well, he's not much to look at, but if we'd only had him
, we'd never have been in this fix.’
but within the interval we were to see much of him, and our appreciation speedily penetrated below the surface indica-