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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 15: the Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. (search)
Jackson attributed his failure to crush Banks to the misconduct of Ashby and his cavalry, who, stopping to pillage the abandoned wagons of Banks's train between Middletown and Newton, did not come up in time to pursue the fugitives after the battle at Winchester. Jackson's Report to the Confederate Secretary of War. l Never, he said, have I seen an Hand Grenade. opportunity for cavalry to reap a richer harvest of the fruits of victory. After menacing Harper's Ferry, where General Rufus Saxton was in command, Jackson began May 80, 1862. as hasty a retreat up the Valley as Banks had made down it, for he was threatened with immediate peril. General Shields, as we have observed, had been ordered to join McDowell in a movement toward Richmond, to co-operate with McClellan. He reached McDowell's camp with eleven thousand men on the day of the battle of Winchester. May 23. On the following day the President and Secretary of War arrived there, when McDowell, whose army was the