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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Ewell's report of the Pennsylvania campaign. (search)
H. J. Williams, as skirmishers, who annoyed the enemy so as to force them to leave off work and effectually engross their attention. General Gordon's brigade and Lieutenant-Colonel Herbet's Maryland battalion, with two batteries, were left by General Early at Bower's Hill, and pushed their skirmishers into Winchester — who were recalled for fear of drawing the enemy's fire on the town. By 4 P. M. General Early had attained, undiscovered, a wooded hill, one of the range known as Little North Mountain, near the Pughtown road, on the north side of which a corn-field, and on the south side an orchard, afforded excellent positions for artillery, in easy range of the work to be attacked — which was a bastion front open towards the town. Hays's brigade was designated for the attack, and Smith's for its support; and about 6 o'clock Colonel Jones ran his pieces and those of the 1st Virginia artillery (under Captain Dance) forward by hand into position, and opened simultaneously from twe
s now moved up the right bank of the creek to the Millwood Ford, where it spent the night; the Nineteenth was between our corps and the Front Royal road, and the Eighth was five miles east of Middletown. Now Middletown is nearly east of Strasburg, and unless Early retired beyond the latter place, a battle on the 12th was inevitable. On the morning of that day, the Confederates moved across Cedar Creek, occupying the southern bank; later, their lines were established to extend from Little North Mountain, the west wall of this part of the valley, over Fisher's Hill, to the west fork of the Shenandoah, which flows along the west base of the rugged Massanutten range,—a triple interloping spur that extends northward from the vicinity of Harrisonburg half a hundred miles, terminating east of Strasburg in grim old Three Top, around whose foot the west branch of the river breaks away to Front Royal, there to join the east fork. On the morning in question, the three Federal corps were pu
steep bluff, which seems here upheaved for the purpose of yet further narrowing the valley; this is Fisher's Hill. Along the run, westward to the foot of Little North Mountain, the land is hilly and broken, a rugged stretch of land for four miles. Here, the flanks guarded by two mountains, the Confederates were found on the 20th. They had intrenched the position from Fisher's Hill, toward Little North Mountain, and as the valley pike, passing over the hill by a zigzag course, was exposed for a mile to the fire of their artillery, they might reasonably regard their situation one of great strength. Between three and four o'clock our corps crossed Cedar Creavalry up Luray Valley with the design of crossing the Massanutten, and gaining the enemy's rear, he had directed Crook with his Eighth Corps to move along Little North Mountain under cover of the woods, till he should gain the rear of the Confederates. This required for its accomplishment nearly all day; but at six o'clock, havin
al, Washington, D. C. , VII., 284. Lincolnton, N. C., medical laboratory at, VII., 244. Lio Yang, losses at, X., 124, 126. Little, H., II., 324; X., 149. Little Ada,, U. S. S., III., 342. Little Giffen, F. O. Ticknor, IX., 64. Little Giffen of Tennessee, IX., 22. Little Harpeth, Tenn., II., 332. Little Jeff, Grant's charger, IV., 307. Little Kenesaw, Ga., III., 102. Little Napoleon (see also G. B. McClellan), II., 54. Little North Mountain, Va., III., 156. Little Rebel,, U. S. S., I., 244 seq. Little River, S. C., VI., 322. Little River Turnpike, Va., II., 51. Little Rock, State Capitol, Ark. , II., 343, 344; V., 166. Little Round Top, Gettysburg, Pa. : I., 68, 70, 71 seq., 73; II., 251, 253, 255, 258, 260. Little Run, S. C., VI., 316. Little Santa Fe, Mo., I., 360. Littlefield, A. K., VIII., 263. Littlefield, M. S., II., 29. Livermore, M. A., VII., 326, 328.
The Daily Dispatch: June 16, 1862., [Electronic resource], Bill to be entitled "an act to further provide for the public residence. (search)
at had their object been a surprise they would not have given notice of their approach by an attack on Front Royal, was answered by the fact that on the only remaining point of assault — the Staunton road — our outposts were five miles in advance, and daily reconnaissances made for a distance of twelve miles towards Woodstock. Under this interpretation of the enemy's plans, our position demanded instant decision and action. Three courses were open to us: First, a retreat across Little North Mountain to the Potomac river on the west. Second, an attack on the enemy's flank on the Front Royal road. Third, a rapid movement direct upon Winchester, with a view to anticipate his occupation of the town by seizing it ourselves, thus placing my command in communication with its original base of operations, in the line of reinforcements by Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg, and securing a safe retreat in case of disaster. To remain at Strasburg was to be surrounded; to move over the mo
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