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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 5: return to Strasburg (continued)—Banks's flight to WinchesterBattle of Winchester. (search)
in his path, the Colonel went without opposition to the town. This is conclusive that the attack to be made upon Banks's column in retreat was not made at the head of the column; and that this affair of Donelly was of no moment in deciding the fortunes of the day. When the first rumors from the teamsters came to us, Banks, filled with apprehension that he had permitted Jackson to throw his whole army on our flank, and fearing that he would be obliged to return to Strasburg, directed Captain Abert, of the topographical engineers on his staff, to turn back with his body-guard A red-uniformed company from Philadelphia, calling themselves Zouaves d'afrique. and foil the enemy's pursuit, by preparing Cedar Creek Bridge for the flames. While they returned on their mission Banks's Report. the column pushed forward. We had been detained about an hour. Donelly's brigade and a wagon-train entered Winchester early in the afternoon of the twenty-fourth of May, without sight or s