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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 9. (ed. Frank Moore) 9 1 Browse Search
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to make a statement of the events with which I have been more or less connected, as a public officer, since the breaking out of the present rebellion, I make the following brief reference to them. I was in command of the Western Department when the first overt acts of the rebels startled the country — not then prepared to anticipate the great results which followed. I was suddenly surprised by an order calling me to Washington, and set out immediately in obedience to it. At that moment Harper's Ferry was in possession of the rebels; but this fact had not become known, and in my route to Washington, the train upon which I was travelling was seized at that place, and I was myself taken to Richmond, where I saw a number of officers, old friends and associates of mine in the army in Mexico and elsewhere, but who had now withdrawn from the service of the United States and joined the rebel cause. They treated me with kindness and civility, but whether from a sense of old attachment, o
f the heroic Lamar, and suffered severely. Colonel Lamar was wounded and taken by the enemy, but has been recovered from them; Lieutenant-Colonel Towers and Lieutenant Harper taken prisoners; Major Magruder seriously wounded; Captain Butler, Lieutenants Montgomery, Williamson, and Blackwell, all wounded; and thirteen men killed, sinly would have captured the Twentieth Indiana regiment. In this contest also, as well as that of Friday, we lost many valuable officers and men. Captains Owens, Harper, and Stuckie were wounded — the first two, I fear, very seriously. Lieutenant Davis died gallantly on the field; and Lieutenants Watson and Miller were wounded, ounded; Lieutenant-Colonel J. B. Towers was taken prisoner; Major E. J. Magruder was wounded slightly; Lieutenant J. M. Montgomery, company E, was killed; Lieutenant C. M. Harper, of the same company, was taken prisoner; Captain A. F. Butler, company B, was wounded dangerously; Lieutenant W. W. Williamson, company G, was wounded se
rom the heights, leaving the regiment and two rifle pieces on the main heights overlooking the town, and formed line of battle across the valley, about one and a half miles below Crampton's Gap, with the remnant of the brigades of Generals Cobb, Semmes, and Mahone, and that of Wilcox, Kershaw, and Barksdale, which was placed specially under command of General Anderson. Generals Wright and Pryor were kept in position guarding the Weverton Pass, and Generals Armistead and Featherston that from Harper's Ferry. That place was not yet taken, and I had but to wait and watch the movements of the enemy. It was necessary to guard their positions--first, to present a front against the enemy advancing down the valley; second, to prevent them from escaping from Harper's Ferry, and acting in conjunction with their troops in front; third, to prevent an entrance at Weverton Pass. The force of the enemy engaged and in reserve at Crampton's Gap was estimated to be from fifteen to twenty-five tho