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ion with Europe; exchequer we had none; our opponents could raise millions at home or abroad; our leaders were few, of inferior rank and little reputation; our foes had one at their head fondly called by themselves the greatest general of his age. Save Lee, Johnston, Beauregard, and Cooper, we had riot one single officer of note; and the first-named was only a colonel of dragoons in the old United States service. It is true that several officers (among them Van Dorn, Longstreet, Ewell, and Evans) in the Indian countries, or on the Border, immediately threw up their commands, and joined the fortunes of their respective States; but little was expected of them, since they could only be regarded as men of theory, with but little experience in warfare. Common expectation, however, was most agreeably disappointed in these officers. While General Scott and a host of officers were drilling and marshalling their men at Washington, the State of Virginia seceded. Her arsenals and naval w
quartermaster-general, and ranked as lieutenantcolonel; Beauregard had been major of engineers; Evans, Longstreet, and others, did not rank higher than major of cavalry or infantry, and had seen butand Polk were in Tennessee, and Johnston in the Valley; Beauregard was alone at Manassas, having Evans, Ewell, Longstreet, and a few less known names, as subordinates in the approaching struggle. It was past two. A. M. on Sunday when Mr. Thornton ushered himself into the presence of Colonel Nathan Evans, who commanded a brigade near Stone Bridge. Evans listened to the narration, asked impoEvans listened to the narration, asked important questions,--and, arriving at conclusions, maliciously showed his white teeth with a wicked grin, and, ordering coffee, dressed himself. Mounted men were immediately sent to Beauregard, yet no additional force arrived, and Evans was left to his own resources. Detaching a portion of his brigade, he immediately moved up towards Sudley Ford, and reenforced the Fourth Alabama Regiment and a M
t Ball's Ford, three miles farther up stream; while Colonel Nathan Evans, with two regiments, guarded Stone Bridge-making a r had successfully crossed higher up at Sudley Ford, driven Evans back, and was slowly progressing, at right angles to the river, towards the Red House. Colonel Evans having been forewarned of this movement, as we have elsewhere shown, had posteds, advanced again, meeting with a desperate resistance from Evans's heroes, whose precision of fire inflicted severe loss on eclipsed the fame of Sherman as an artillery officer. while Evans at Sudley Ford is slowly retiring before the four brigades their advance we had two light guns and one regiment under Evans, Seventh and Eighth Georgia under Bartow, Fourth Alabama, S. The attack on Hunter's column at Sudley Ford was made by Evans with a full consciousness of the disparity of force, and heade and Hampton's Legion were brought up; then joining with Evans, their combined forces formed a longer and better line, and
Maryland Reconquers on the field of battle personal appearance of President Davis sketches of Evans and Longstreet. Though a general pursuit was ordered, it was found impossible to overtake theto call up Colonel Jackson with the reserves to protect the retreat that seemed inevitable. Colonel Evans had not proceeded many yards on this errand when he was recalled, our general having been warto served pleased the men so little that it was deemed advisable to appoint in his stead Colonel Nathan Evans, whose generalship and gallantry at Stone Bridge and Sudley Ford had won for him universaer when three horsemen galloped into camp, and saluted the colonel. These were none other than Evans, Longstreet, and Ewell-names that are now forever hallowed in the hearts and history of our galland peculiar seat in the saddle, I at first sight took them for dragoons, and was not mistaken. Evans was very restless, and his horse reared and chafed, and plunged to the right and left all the ti
in possession of this last-mentioned place, and General Evans grinned good-humoredly in reply to inquiries, anow chief in command. To deceive the enemy, however, Evans had divided his force into small parties, with an ovfour light field-pieces, and a squadron of cavalry. Evans, however, moved us about continually; now we marchedFederal commander Stone was an old schoolfellow with Evans at West-Point, and smart messages, it is said, were everal occasions betrayed our men to the enemy. General Evans had warned them against harboring the foe, but tg. Exasperated at the perfidy of these fanatics, Evans summoned his brigade, and leaving camps standing, toainted with the reasons for them. Only we knew that Evans seemed to delight in keeping his men moving, and his to bring up supplies or receive reenforcements; yet Evans was told to hold the place at all hazards ; and such point, to find our suspicions groundless. At last, Evans vowed in his wrath to hang the first man that brough
of troops were waiting orders. Although possessed of fine sites for counter-fortifications, General Evans never essayed to build, and save one small field-work that crowned a rising ground midway beuable bodies, we had nothing to withstand the enemy's approach. Don't talk to me of earthworks, Evans would petulantly exclaim; I have more fortifications now than I can well arm; besides, these Misng the Washington and Ohio Canal-one of the chief sources of Federal supplies. At the same time Evans's force was distributed along the river, and our light battery was continually moving from point men, what this habitual retreating and advancing might mean, none could tell — it sufficed that Evans ordered it, and the men obeyed cheerfully, although frequently compelled to march in drenching ris services were invaluable in time of necessity, and his daring greatly relieved the anxiety of Evans, for whose discomfiture the enemy were continually manoeuvring. We had pitched tents one eve
th his regiment of cavalry, and several hundred militia, Ashby gradually approached Harper's Ferry, and sent a courier to Evans, asking him to co-operate. Our commander had no orders to leave Loudon County, and it would have been certain destructiois command, although he ardently admired Ashby's bravery, and yearned to assist him. Knowing him to be weak in artillery, Evans gave permission for two of our pieces to march to his assistance, ascend the Loudon Heights, and annoy the enemy's rear whing towards us, and brought the stirring news that McCall, with a heavy force, was marching from Drainsville to cut off Evans at Leesburgh. The latter, therefore, had hastily retreated to Goose Creek, ten miles nearer Centreville, and we were ordurier brought orders to halt for the night, and proceed to Leesburgh at break of day. With much swearing and grumbling at Evans's idea of strategy, the order was obeyed, and shoeless, foot-sore, and dirty, we pitched tents on our old camping-ground,
d, two or three feet deep, as usual! The doubt was soon resolved. Evans and his staff were seen approaching through a dense mist, and our mto in lieu of breakfast. A courier came down the road and informed Evans that the enemy were six miles away, but had not stirred since six Pg the Drainsville road, while Stone crossed-and occupied the town. Evans was the very last man to be deceived by such a transparent trick, aof Fort Evans, and, finding the enemy were not inclined to advance, Evans determined to do so. Our orders were to attack the enemy, and makeand is still sufficiently remarkable to be worthy of note, that General Evans was not upon or even near the field until the last shot had bees. We waited until noon, and although the rain poured in torrents, Evans was anxious to entice them forward. The Thirteenth was ordered to es would move down from Drainsville, and cut off his communication, Evans once more fell back to Goose Creek, where a South-Carolina regiment
incidents of the war a Fraternal Rencontre the negroes with either army Humorous incidents Evans is sent to defend his native State, South-Carolina General D. D. Hill assumes command fortifi movements in which they had been engaged during the previous week had been less fatiguing. General Evans, indeed, was much lauded in the newspapers, biographical sketches appearing from different p very differently. Be that as it may, the South-Carolinians claimed the battle as theirs, since Evans was of that State; while the gallant Mississippians thought all the honor belonged to them, as tes comin‘ in my way, or foolin‘ wid me, dis chile is goin‘ to make somebody holler, sure! General Evans had received command of all the forces in South-Carolina; and as that State was threatened wre dug during night close to the river and elsewhere; a hill was fortified to the south, commanding Fort Evans; and another, more import. ant still, north of the town, which commanded every approach<
on whose heads should rest the blame and shame. There has been vile treason among us, but who the traitors are few can tell; yet it is preposterous to suppose that Government would have neglected any thing for our defence and safety had not overweening confidence of those in command led them to report daily that the city was impregnable, and fit for a defence of any length. Our pride and vanity are sorely punished, our routes to Texas and the Gulf completely broken up, and ere long you will find the Father of Waters swept by innumerable gunboats, totally severing us from all communication with States west of the river. Excuse haste; I am dejected and weary, shamed, mortified, humiliated. I scarcely know what to think or say, but am confident if Providence has punished our once gay city by turning it over to the enemy, it will return to us again, purified from all that has long festered in our midst, and brought upon our country this unspeakable calamity. Yours, etc., Evans.
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