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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 6: Jackson's Valley campaign (search)
nd Fremont's advance on the other side of the Massanutten Mountains, he was powerless to cross. On Thursday, June 5, Jackson reached Harrisonburg, and here diverged east to cross the South Fork upon the bridge at Port Republic. On the 6th, in a severe cavalry affair of the rearguard, Gen. Turner Ashby was killed. Of the civilian soldiers whom the war produced, such as Forrest, Morgan, and others, scarcely one gave such early and marked indication of rare military genius as Ashby. Col. Henderson writes of Ashby as follows:— The death of Ashby was a terrible blow to the Army of the Valley. From the outbreak of the war he had been employed on the Shenandoah, and from Staunton to the Potomac his was the most familiar figure in the Confederate ranks. His daring rides on his famous white charger were already the theme of song and story, and if the tale of his exploits, as told in camp and farm, sometimes bordered on the marvellous, the bare truth stripped of all exaggeration was
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 7 (search)
e. He started on a freight train bound to Richmond, but left the train before midnight that night at a station where he spent Sunday, attending church twice. Henderson says it was Frederick Hall, other reports say Louisa C. H. At midnight he set out on horseback for the conference at Richmond about 50 miles away, arriving aboutr. It is strange that he should have taken this responsibility without orders from Lee, who was within two miles, and who, it seems, would not have approved it. Henderson states that, A message from Lee, ordering Hill to postpone all further movement, arrived too late. Hend. II., 16. Doubtless Lee wished, now, to make a fresh ss division back into the wood from which he had withdrawn it before two o'clock. He also sent a staff-officer to his other divisions with instructions, quoted by Henderson, as follows:— The troops are standing at ease along our line of march. Ride back rapidly along the line, and tell the commanders to advance instantly in ech
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 11: second Manassas (search)
e commanding general, I left Jeffersonton on the morning of the 25th, etc. The most natural supposition would ascribe the plan to Lee. His own words would seem to confirm the supposition, and Jackson's form of expression to indorse it. Col. Henderson, who would certainly assert a claim for Jackson, if it were possible, has written: S. J. II., 124.— It is only certain that we have record of few enterprises of greater daring than that which was there decided on; and no matter from whis less easy to execute, but to risk cause and country, name and reputation, on a single throw, and to abide the issue with unflinching heart, is the supreme exhibition of the soldier's fortitude. Early on Aug. 25, Jackson set out upon what Henderson calls his most famous march. He marched 26 miles that day, and bivouacked very late that night at Salem. His course was first northwest to Amissville, and thence about north to Salem. As his march was intended to be a surprise, it had been f