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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Preface. (search)
ade extracts, for which credit is duly given. I further acknowledge my obligations to this gentleman for his permission to copy those maps in his volume which represent the routes of Jackson and Ewell from Swift Run Gap in .the movement against Banks, and the battles of Kernstown and Mac-Dowell It may not be necessary to assert that I have not so much attempted to point out how the skill of General Lee and the daring of General Stonewall Jackson prevailed over their enemies, in the general theatre of the latter's military operations, as to show in particular instances how, from Patterson to Banks through Milroy and McDowell, many of the so-called grand achievements of the great Confederate General were due to the blundering stupidity of political managers in Washington acting upon the colossal incapacity of their favorites in the field. But that this does not detract from the very marked ability shown by both Lee and Jackson in taking advantage of these blunders, I cheerfully c
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, List of maps and illustrations. (search)
List of maps and illustrations. Map showing the Movements of the Federal and Confederate Armies in the Shenandoah Valley, in Maryland, and in the Region of the Battle-field of Cedar MountainFrontispiece Headquarters of the Second Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry at Brook Farm13 Camp of the Second Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry at Brook Farm23 Camp of the Second Massachusetts Regiment of Infantry at Cantonment Hicks, near Frederick, Maryland88 The Battle of Kernstown125 Trace of the Routes pursued by Generals Jackson and Ewell from Swift Run Gap, in their combined Operations against Banks182 The Battle of MacDowell182 The Battle-field of Cedar (or Slaughter) Mountain308
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)
I have, I added, a slight acquaintance with Mr. Banks,--Governor Banks, as we call him,--and I thiGovernor Banks, as we call him,--and I think I can assure you that he has too much good sense and good judgment to assume the responsibilitiesttacked at daylight. Well, says Porter, General Banks's instructions are to dispute the passage fter sunrise when I received an order from General Banks, issued the day before, directing me to jotired, to meet Colonel Webster approaching General Banks's headquarters for an interview. Next mce, an orderly delivered to me a note from General Banks, substantially as follows:-- Sir,--Sincntly I directed Major Dwight to lay before General Banks the result of such a concession to a mutinour P. M. a telegram from General Stone to General Banks, for a brigade to occupy the Maryland shorBeaufort, South Carolina, makes him jolly; General Banks tells him that he feels the whole divisionecember, notwithstanding the assurances of General Banks to me that it was not the intention to put[21 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 3: through Harper's Ferry to Winchester—The Valley of the Shenandoah. (search)
not a moment be lost. By command of Major-General Banks. R. Morris Copeland, Maj. Vols., A. A.a frightened teamster came flying from camp to Banks's headquarters, crying out that the loyal MaryLander's force, which was ordered to report to Banks. Then there were about fourteen hundred nen, This made up the whole of Banks's command. Banks's command, including railroad guards, etc., nudays work in one,had marched twenty-six miles. Banks was at Middletown. There had been a fight; Sh to aid in the pursuit. I sent a messenger to Banks (twelve miles) to announce my arrival, and he,ng through Winchester, after three brigades of Banks's corps had marched for Centreville. On the p of camp. It was on the first of April that Banks received from General McClellan a new plan of e colored people, two letters addressed to General Banks,--which proved to be from a white man call Having occasion towards night to visit General Banks at his headquarters, distant about three m[18 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 4: the Valley of the Shenandoah (continued)—Return to Strasburg. (search)
the Fifth Army Corps was at Harrisonburg, General Banks made his headquarters at New Market. Crosd been left to guard Columbia Bridge, informed Banks, about the first of May, that a deserter reporidge at 2.25 P. M., addressed by signal to General Banks, announcing that Rebels drove in my picketng to Staunton, against which McClellan warned Banks, it might be that Jackson was trying all approunday came, the fourth of May, and brought General Banks unexpectedly to the front. He came to caly be destroyed by a timely movement. I left Banks's headquarters in New Market at twelve at nigh From Mount Jackson, May 10, 1862. To Maj.-Gen. N. P. Banks. All the guards have been withdrawn, I do not remember what message I sent to General Banks's assistant adjutant-general's clerk, by wd it is impossible to explain. Invited by General Banks, upon his accession to Patterson's commandby the way of the mountains. The bridge where Banks left Jackson is on the direct road from Gordon[4 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 5: return to Strasburg (continued)—Banks's flight to WinchesterBattle of Winchester. (search)
terfere with his cherished plan of demolishing Banks. So he decided to unite his forces. A courie's Battery, 4,--total 16 guns and 250 men. See Banks's Report, Rebellion Record, vol. v.--a Confederate army against which, with the whole force Banks had ever had in the valley, we might not have astern Virginia. That Jackson got fairly upon Banks's flank without his knowledge the latter admitnvas in the camps; and no movement was made by Banks indicating that he had received any informatiom, did I urge it. I endeavored to impress upon Banks the probability of the vastly superior numbersre saved. After three o'clock in the morning, Banks had sent off some ambulances with sick and dist upon which the safety of our army depended. Banks's countenance was grave but resolute ; as I rooad — when, between eleven and twelve o'clock, Banks had his first skirmish with Steuart's cavalry d. For hours I held no communication with General Banks, had neither seen nor heard from him since[97 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 6: battle of Winchester (continued)—Federal retreat across the Potomac to Williamsport. (search)
paign (Allan), pp. 111, 112. In his report General Banks thinks that Trimble's flank movement was el Donelly to retire? This is quite probable: Banks avers it in his report. Why then did I withdrer to Martinsburg, and joined the main body of Banks's column a few miles out; but the enemy was soy. I must develop the force of the enemy. General Banks had made no provision for a retreat, eviderateful hearts in the same number of men, says Banks, Banks's Report. than when we stood on the formation and these appreciations on the 24th, Banks had heard at Winchester before daylight of theopeland, p. 17. from Major R. Morris Copeland, Banks's adjutant-general, who happened to be in Bost for home. On the twenty-eighth of May, General Banks thought it his duty to assign a full brigacompanied us from Strasburg. In his order General Banks took especial care to speak in praise of tnst my promotion? On the tenth of June General Banks's corps recrossed the river at Williamspo[23 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
Mountain. Bearing peremptory orders to General Banks, I took the route by Harper's Ferry, delaymy were to be commanded by Generals McDowell, Banks, and Fremont. Our corps, no longer the Fifth July came to find us quiet in our camp, with Banks in Washington, from whence, on the 2d, he teleions by rail in the direction of Gordonsville, Banks was on the fourteenth of July ordered to send preceded by many drills, in some of which General Banks attempted and creditably performed divisio of battle was formed with Augur's division of Banks's corps (2d) on the left of the road lead-·ing with Crawford, or to support Crawford? asked Banks. Why, he was nowhere near Crawford, replied ttaff, was the answer. I did not know it, said Banks; I thought he was just behind the woods, on Crront he had in all not more than 8,000 men, Banks's force in the field was officially stated as d that of the enemy at 25,000. Testimony of Banks before the Committee on the Conduct of the War[25 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 8: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
I have ordered a regiment from the right (said Banks in his despatch) to advance. August 9, 186s line begins to appear here [says Crawford to Banks]; I must have more force. I sent him a brigaowards Crawford's right. Crawford's appeal to Banks was answered through an order to Williams, com. This was the military disposition made by Banks for an assault along his whole line, over the appear. While this attack was in progress, Banks threw forward his two brigades on the left of enemy. In the road and near the regiment were Banks and staff. From where the Tenth Maine was s troops on the enemy's side was perceived; and Banks's reply, when this was pointed out to him,--Thhis regiment about and moved a few steps, than Banks, who saw that Colonel Beal was not advancing, rst, Tenth, and Twenty-ninth Maine. with which Banks sought to retrieve his fortunes, and of which out in the wheat-field, where an officer from Banks's staff was then or had been urging it forward[21 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 9: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
single aid, in the twilight after our defeat, Banks encountered Pope. They met only a few minutey, an officer, representing himself as sent by Banks, coming through the woods, rode up to me, sayiGeary had been, to find out what had become of Banks's corps. In this laudable pursuit his bridle men, over the ground from whence the whole of Banks's corps had retreated. On my right our troopsrested after its forced march. And again: General Banks was instructed to take up his position on lace the figures of the force I have given for Banks's corps against the twelve brigades of Jacksonrning our right, it was not while Crawford and Banks were peering through the woods and trying to gelves at Crawford's position), would have been Banks's true movement to repel such an attack. As pe enemy, is an afterthought. Now every one but Banks and Crawford knows that the enemy made at thisleast one mile from the position assigned him (Banks). Whether Jackson would or would not have atta[54 more...]
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