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Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 1: parentage, and Early years. (search)
l removals, fixed his home on the west fork of the Monongahela, four miles north of Weston, the present chief town of Lewis County. He was a man of a spare and athletic frame, energetic character, and good understanding, beloved and respected by hiy, the next morning, he set out from Clarksburg alone, and travelled on foot to the former home of his grandfather, in Lewis County, about eighteen miles distant, then belonging to Cummins Jackson, the half-brother of his father. There he was kindly of his own giant industry. He owned a valuable farm and mills, and was one of the largest slaveholders in the county of Lewis. His occupations were agriculture, and the preparation of lumber and flour, diversified with the hardy sports of a foresy him while hag-ridden from time to time by this wretched tormentor. The post of Constable in the northern half of Lewis County became about this time vacant. His friends procured the appointment for him, for two reasons: one was, that the life
forward. Over-coats and blankets lined the sides of the road. Stores were speedily closed, women screamed, horses dashed forward. Everything was excitement, but in good order. Col. Geary pushed on at the head, and at one time was within two hundred yards of the rebel cavalry.--Philadelphia Inquirer. Gen. Fremont, at Wheeling, Va., issued an order, assigning Brig.-Gen. Kelley to the command of all of Western Virginia north and east of the counties of Jackson, Roane, Calhoun, Braxton, Lewis, Barbour and Tucker inclusive, and west of the Alleghanies, Maryland and Pennsylvania, constituting the Railroad District Henry W. Bellows, D. D., delivered at Irving Hall, New York, this evening, a conversational lecture, detailing the experience of a three days visit to the battle-field of Bull Run and Manassas. He exhibited a number of trophies secured on the spot, including rebel letters, arms and equipments, and the skull and bone of a Union soldier, picked up from the spot where
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
Rosecrans had organized a strong column of nearly ten thousand men at Clarksburg, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railway; and early in September he marched southward, with several of his best Western regiments, to attack Floyd, wherever he might be found, leaving the remainder of his force under General Reynolds, who was in command of the Cheat Mountain division, to watch and oppose Lee. He soon ascertained that Floyd was at or near Carnifex Ferry, and he pushed forward in that direction, through Lewis, Braxton, and Nicholas Counties, by way of Weston, Jacksonville, and Braxton Court House, to Summersville. His route lay arong some of the wildest of the mountain roads, over the western spurs of the Alleghenies, and among the most charming and picturesque scenery of Western Virginia. Sometimes his troops thridded deep and gloomy ravines, and narrow defiles, and then climbed the steepest hillsides; at times along slippery winding paths, among beetling crags, catching here and there, at som
a, and Totopotomoy, Va. 5 27   32 Cold Harbor, Va. 9 27   36 Siege of Petersburg, Va. 12 51 61 124 Strawberry Plains, Va.   8 12 20 Deep Bottom, Va.   18 5 23 Ream's Station, Va.   4 37 41 Boydton Road, Va. 1 5   6 Farmville, Va.   2   2   Totals 93 406 157 656 Present, also, at Malvern Hill (August 1862); Thoroughfare Gap (1863); Williamsport; Hatcher's Run; High Bridge; Appomattox. notes.--Recruited in New York City, and in the counties of Jefferson, Lewis, Putnam, and Westchester. It was organized at Green Point (East New York) in October, 1861, leaving the State on the 19th of November, following. It was stationed for several months in the defences of Washington, under General Wadsworth, and remained there while the Army was on the Peninsula; but in August, 1862, the Fifty-ninth joined General McClellan's forces, which were then starting on their victorious Maryland campaign, and was assigned to Dana's (3d) Brigade, Sedgwick's (2d) Divis
sing, of over seven hundred men. Their dead bodies are still being found in the woods. Six were found yesterday, with their eyes picked out by the crows, and many more doubtless lie scattered through the dense forest. Among the officers that distinguished themselves in the late battle was Major Boykin, who commanded the Thirty-first Virginia Regiment. He charged at the head of his men, cheered them on by his valor, and drove the enemy in confusion down the hill. Major Boykin is from Lewis County, a graduate of the Military Institute, and is quite a young man. He is the idol of his men. We learn that he has since been promoted to a lieutenant-colonelcy. We daily expect a renewal of the attack upon our camp. The enemy, under the guidance of a tory named Slavin, have been reconnoitring our position, with the intention of cutting a road for artillery. A party has gone out to capture them, and I hope they may succeed, as Slavin is a great scoundrel, and guided the enemy in the at
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Stonewall Jackson in Lexington, Va. (search)
reasons for fearing the austerity of his manner, but who knew him as the son-in-law of their college president, Rev. George Junkin. My first meeting with General Jackson in the social circle was one evening, when he called to see a friend at our boarding-house. I shall never forget the impression his manner and appearance made upon me. Boy as I was, I looked upon him with a reverential awe. I had heard the stories of his struggles in early life; of how he had walked from his house in Lewis county to Washington to receive his appointment as a cadet to West Point; of his being ill prepared, and the difficulty he had in keeping up with his classes; and then I had heard of his brilliant career in Mexico, of his mounting the walls of Cherubusco with. the American flag in his hands; and here now was the hero of my youthful enthusiasm before me. He was so different from what I thought a hero ought to be! There was so little animation, no grace, no enthusiasm. All was stiffness and awk
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Missouri Volunteers. (search)
t January 23, 1862. Knox County Regiment home Guard Infantry. Organized July, 1861, by authority of Gen. Lyon. Duty in Marion, Lewis, Clark, Scotland, Knox, Shelby, Monroe, Macon, Adair and Schuyler Counties. Action at Clapp's Ford August 14. Mustered out October, 1861. Lawrence County Regiment home Guard Infantry. Organized May 25, 1861. Accepted by Gen. Sigel June 16, 1861. Scouting and guarding trains and posts till August. Mustered out August 10, 1861. Lewis County Company home Guard Infantry. Organized June, 1861, by authority of Gen. Hardin. At St. Catherine and guarding bridges on Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. Mustered out July 16, 1861. Lexington County Company home Guard Infantry. Organized at Lexington, Mo., August 12, 1861, by authority of Gen. Lyon. Siege and surrender of Lexington September 11-21. Mustered out at St. Louis, Mo., October 22, 1861. Livingston County Company home Guard Infantry. Organized June, 1861,
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, West Virginia Volunteers. (search)
, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, West Virginia, to April, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, West Virginia, to July, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, West Virginia, July, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, West Virginia, to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Independent Division, 24th Army Corps, Army of the James, to June, 1865. Service. Duty at Parkersburg and guarding Baltimore & Ohio Railroad through counties south of line from Jackson County to Lewis County till June, 1863. Skirmishes at Arnoldsburg and Camp McDonald, W. Va., May 6, 1862. Scout to Roane and Clay Counties May 8-21. Big Bend June 4. Mouth West Fork June 10. Glenville September 1. Spencer Roane Court House September 2. Operations against Jones' Raid on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad April 21-May 21, 1863. Duty on the Upper Potomac till August. West Union May 6, 1863 (1 Co.). Elizabeth Court House May 16. At Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Grafton, Sutton, B
attern flintlock muskets were the only arms with which General Lee was able to supply these important forces. Lieut.-Col. John McCausland was given similar duties in the valley of the Kanawha, and Col. C. Q. Tompkins, of Charleston, was assigned to command. Col. George Porterfield was directed to repair to Grafton and select positions for the troops in that section so as to cover the points liable to attack. The call for troops to assemble at Grafton was made on the counties of Braxton, Lewis, Harrison, Monongahela, Taylor, Barbour, Upshaw, Tucker, Mason, Randolph and Preston. The volunteers from Wood, Wirt, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Pleasant and Doddridge were to rendezvous at Parkersburg. Lieuts. J. G. Gittings and W. E. Kemble were ordered to report to Porterfield for duty. Col. Jubal A. Early was ordered to Lynchburg to organize and command the forces at that point, and Col. Thomas J. Jackson, who was at Harper's Ferry, was notified to watch the threatening movement
been previously withdrawn, and as soon as Lee was informed of Cox's orders by the capture of Pope's headquarters and letter-book at Catlett's Station, he requested that Loring be ordered to clear the valley of the Kanawha and then operate northwardly, so as to join me in the valley of Virginia. During the summer J. D. Imboden, subsequently colonel and brigadier-general in the Confederate service, had been organizing a cavalry battalion in Highland county, enlisting refugees from Braxton, Lewis and Webster counties and other regions, a large majority of his men having but recently escaped from Pierpont's dominion, brimful of fight. In a private letter written about this time, he gave a graphic picture of the situation in the mountain region. He said: No Oriental despot ever exercised such mortal terror by his iron rule of his subjects as is now felt by three-fourths of the true men and women of the northwest. Grown — up men came to me stealthily through the woods to talk to
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