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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Preface. (search)
ly 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 concede. G. H. G. Framingham, 1883.
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 1: from Massachusetts to Virginia. (search)
oops of Beauregard than by remaining at Winchester, he did not trouble himself much about our appearance on the north of that noted town, but made all his preparations to leave. Some one evidently thought that Johnston would prefer Patterson to McDowell, Winchester to Washington; and so Johnston pretended, but without impairing his ability to effect a union with Beauregard. When Patterson placed himself where he could not reinforce McDowell, Johnston gently and joyously moved south and east foMcDowell, Johnston gently and joyously moved south and east for Manassas. This bit of deception, unchivalric for chivalry, sent my regiment to Harper's Ferry,--the first Union regiment, after the rebellion broke out, to enter there. The day after its arrival at Charlestown,--to wit, on the morning of the eighteenth of July, 1861,--I was ordered to occupy Harper's Ferry with the Second Massachusetts Regiment, and assume command of the town. I approached with all the pomp and circumstance the regiment could muster. The scene was striking. In front, wh
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 3: through Harper's Ferry to Winchester—The Valley of the Shenandoah. (search)
vast army for the field. I have referred to the onward movement ordered by the President on the twenty-second of February, with General McClellan in command of the grand army of the Potomac, organized into its several divisionary corps, under McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, and Banks. Halleck was in charge of a department at the West, and Fremont in charge of the Mountain Department. It is with Banks's corps that our interest lies. While the others were to move on their devious way u,750 infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and no more. If Shields had remained at Strasburg, the history of Banks's retreat would never have been written. My brigade would have followed the others of the division, and all would have reported to McDowell in front of Fredericksburg. As it was, only Abercrombie got away, and him we saw no more. In this event Lee would probably have found enough to engage his attention, without sending Jackson on the rampage through the valley. There is no eviden
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 4: the Valley of the Shenandoah (continued)—Return to Strasburg. (search)
me, the fourth of May, and brought General Banks unexpectedly to the front. He came to call together the general officers of his command, to discuss the practicability and wisdom of a movement against Jackson. Hardly had the subject been broached, when a despatch from the Secretary of War quenched the rising flame. We (Williams's division, with all the cavalry and artillery) were directed to return to Strasburg, while Shields with his division was ordered to cross the Blue Ridge and join McDowell at Fredericksburg. The change was to take place immediately; we were to move at daylight on the return to New Market. The glories of a campaign in the valley, so full of promise, were fading. During the day and night of Sunday, preparations for the return were made. On Monday morning some movement of the enemy, probably following up our rear-guard as it was withdrawn from the outpost and picket stations, gave rise to a rumor that Jackson was drawing near for a fight. General William
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 5: return to Strasburg (continued)—Banks's flight to WinchesterBattle of Winchester. (search)
any facts in this narration of Jackson's movements. on MacDowell, I am indebted to the very clear account given by Colonel William Allan in his Campaign in the Valley of Virginia in 1861-1862. In utter ignorance, as I believe, of Jackson's movements on MacDowell as here recorded, and, as I know, of the contemplated attack upon Banks, we had remained serenely tranquil at Harrisonburg until the fifth of May, when, as narrated, Shields's division marched towards Fredericksburg to join General McDowell at that place. On the fourteenth of May General Lee heard of Shields's movement towards Front Royal, and wrote Jackson that it was very desirable to prevent Banks from going either to Fredericksburg or to the peninsula, and that a successful blow struck would delay if it did not prevent his moving to either place, and might also lead to the recall of the reinforcements sent to Fremont from Winchester (Blenker's division). Then notifying Jackson that Ewell telegraphed yesterday that i
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 6: battle of Winchester (continued)—Federal retreat across the Potomac to Williamsport. (search)
not leave me! Immediately we left the ranks and went to his assistance; found him trying to rise from the ground. Together we strove to reach the town; had but little hopes of doing so, as the Rebels were closing in on all sides but one. Sergeant McDowell came to our assistance, and picking Crowninshield up, we hurried him to one of the main streets, and placing him in an ambulance, he started for a safe place. The driver of the ambulance at one time was going to cut the traces and leave, bof Jackson to unite with the Army of Virginia, we did not participate; therefore I leave them with no other allusion. On the thirty-first of May, the enemy at Bunker Hill, Martinsburg, and Charlestown was apprised that Fremont from the west and McDowell from the east were closing in upon his rear. In one week after our fight at Winchester, Jackson, with his whole army, turned southward in flight. The effect of our retreat upon the country was startling. In Massachusetts the people were aro
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
portant duty. The three corps of the new army were to be commanded by Generals McDowell, Banks, and Fremont. Our corps, no longer the Fifth of the Army of the P Bank's corps as 14,500, although in reality it numbered only about 8,000; and McDowell's corps was given as 18,400,--a grand total of 38,000, to which add, for caval carrying out the plans already referred to, Pope had ordered General King, of McDowell's corps, at Fredericksburg, to send forward detachments of his cavalry to breaLittle Washington; General Siegel, with the First Corps, was at Luray; and General McDowell, with the Third Corps, at Warrenton. We were concentrating on this base. assembled along the turnpike from Sperryville to Culpeper. King's division of McDowell's corps (3d) was still opposite Fredericksburg, on the Lower Rappahannock, butaterless road. We soon came to where Ricketts' division, of three brigades of McDowell's corps, was watching the road which turns off from the Orange Court House and
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 9: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
ion, when I should be relieved by troops from McDowell's corps, and take up a new one in the centre had listened with anxiety to the combat. General McDowell, who accompanied Pope, gave to Ricketts' becoming more and more furious, the troops of McDowell were pushed on through road and fields in sepst tried in vain to enter, General Pope, with McDowell and Banks, their staffs and escorts, had befohave narrated that General Pope hurried, with McDowell's force, to the front. About the time Pope thout them. So provisions were procured from McDowell's command and cooked, at Culpeper Court Housere transpiring. It was intended, testifies McDowell, in the Court of Inquiry, where Siegel brougnce of the woods I halted. Pope, with Banks, McDowell, and Siegel, had followed me, and having dism men to the rear, replied Pope, who then with McDowell addressed himself to the work of forming a neKing might come up with the other division of McDowell's corps. King arrived on the evening of the [3 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 10: General Banks's orders and responsibility. (search)
man could fail to see it. Roberts was authorized to communicate it to Banks and every one else. I conferred freely with McDowell about it, and refer to his official report in corroboration. And again, in the same letter: The object in sending Banttack until the other troops of his command should arrive and join General Banks. Testimony of General B. S. Roberts, McDowell Court of Inquiry, Battle of Cedar Mountain, p. 51. And again: When I first came on the field, I met and went to the tion, and he should undertake it. Q. Why did Banks advance to make a division movement upon the enemy without aid of McDowell's troops? A. After Banks was in position I went to the extreme right (position of Gordon's brigade), and was gone an im that a general battle would be fought before night, and that it was of the utmost importance, in my opinion, that General McDowell's corps should be at once sent to the field. With such testimony of the instructions given by Roberts to Banks o
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, chapter 14 (search)
yville. Third (Schurz's) Division 149303235204763*Sperryville. Milroy's brigade 110239727523787* Near Woodville, Va. Total First Corps614124851248519820 Second (Banks's) Army Corps: Headquarters staff 121212 Near Washington, Va. First (Williams's) Division Including Hatch's cavalry, 158 officers and 3101 men present for duty.4589629103118246* Culpeper Court House,Va. Second (Augur's) Division228445851157184* Near Washington, Va. Total Second Corps698140871605820442 Third (McDowell's) Army Corps: Headquarters staff232324 Warrenton, Va First (King's) Division 457880898031229424Opposite Fredericksburg. Second Division (Ricketts' Division) 388835592531142922 Waterloo, Va. Doubleday's brigade 891677105822256Opposite Fredericksburg. Carroll's brigade 84173420338091* Warrenton, Va. Bayard's cavalry brigade 75129814981806* Warrenton, Va. Detachments 10236263411 Warrenton, Va. 6th New York cavalry Barnett's Ford,Va 1st Rhode Island cavalry 24506611790Junction
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