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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The battle of New Market, Va., May 15th, 1864. (search)
t of the United States, bore a most conspicuous part, that wing was doubled up by a flank attack, Jones was killed, and we were disastrously beaten. Our loss was not less than fifteen hundred men. Our defeat opened the way to Hunter to effect a junction with Crook and Averell at Staunton on the 6th. Their combined forces numbered about 18,000 men of all arms. Vaughn and I fell back in good order, and on the 6th occupied Waynesboro‘, eleven miles east of Staunton, and the neighboring (Rockfish) gap in the Blue Ridge, where the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad passes through the mountain. Hunter remained two or three days at Staunton resting his troops and burning both public and private property, especially the latter. On hearing of our defeat General Lee again sent Breckinridge to our aid. He brought but few troops, and with these occupied the defensive position of Rockfish Gap, thus interposing a barrier to Hunter's direct march on Lynchburg. Hunter decided to push his column
e River gap, then by way of Massie's mills and Fleetwood and on by Hubbard's to Harris', three miles beyond Lovingston, where he went into camp at midnight. Sheridan had been frustrated in his attempt to get to the rear of Lee's army by finding that the bridge across the James, at Hardwicksville, was burned, and had turned down the river toward Scottsville, destroying property of all kinds as he went. On the 13th, Rosser took the old stage road leading toward Charlottesville as far as Rockfish river, where he turned, through byways, toward Scottsville on the James, which he passed through, and marched down the river for five miles, following Sheridan's rear, along desperately muddy and badly cut up roads, until 10 p. m. On the 14th the pursuit was continued for 20 miles to Columbia, where a rest of three hours was taken, and then the march was continued across to the Three-Chop road, some 15 miles, to Hadensville, where camp was taken at 11 p. m. Evidence of destruction of property
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The campaign and battle of Lynchburg. (search)
e was an anxiety which cannot be described; its depth may be imagined, but the pen cannot paint it. The arrival of this small force brought hope back to the hearts of the old men and helpless women and children who constituted the population of the city, and as the hardy old veterans moved up Main and then up Fifth streets they were cheered by joyous crowds of excited women, jubilant convalescents and hopeful old men. The troops had made a two-days' forced march from the headwaters of Rockfish river and were in bad physical condition, but in high spirits. They much enjoyed their cordial reception. This is shown by a little incident preserved out of the many of the same character by a person who was one of the girls present on the occasion. In the column of troops, as they swung along in a double-quick to meet the advancing foe, was one red-haired soldier who had lost both hat and shoes, but was advancing with the same alacrity as his comrades who had been more fortunate in pre
iously estimated, encamped on the Cape Fear river, Chap. LVII.} 1776. Feb. four miles below Cross Creek. On that same day Moore, who, at the first menace of danger, took the field at the head of his regiment, and lay in an intrenched camp at Rockfish, was joined by Lillington, with one hundred and fifty minute men from Wilmington, by Kenon with two hundred of the Duplin militia, and by Ashe with about a hundred volunteer independent rangers; so that his number was increased to eleven hundredight hundred, was marching through Chap. LVII.} 1775. Feb. Duplin county, to effect a junction with Moore, Macdonald became aware of the extremity of his danger; cut off from the direct road along the Cape Fear, he resolved to leave the army at Rockfish in his rear, and by celerity of movement, and crossing rivers at unexpected places, to disengage himself from that larger force, and encounter the party with Caswell alone. Before marching, he urged his men to fidelity, expressed bitter scorn o
stubborn name rhymes but to oaf,) I name not here the Warm Spring mountain. (Which rhymes to nothing else but fountain;) For there, unless you keep awake, Some bloody-minded rattlesnake, Upon your rest is apt to creep, And "give you Jesse" while you sleep. Sweet Rockfish Gap where o'er the mountain. Charles Ellet. backed by Colonel Fontaine. A zig-zag railroad ones constructed, Which safely o'er the top conducted-- Though once the cars ran down the hill, And came near crippling Mr. Gill. Rockfish, from whence the eye looks down On fifty farms, and not a town; Through whose huge sides a tunneled way Was bored by Colonel Claudr Crozet; Or Claudius, if you will have Latin, Although just now it comes not pat in, Upon thy top, our blushing muse Stands in new patent-leather shoes, And celebrates a hero with The quite uncommon name of Smith-- Not the same Smith whose name has long Cut such a figure in the song. Our Smith was not a Captain bold, As was that wicked man of old. He never live
Death from snake Bite. --A correspondent of the Wilmington (N. C.) Journal, of the 14th inst., writing from Rockfish, Duplin county, says that on Saturday evening last while maddying the water in a small pond for fish, Mr. Franklin J. Dempsey was bitten by a snake and died in about 40 hours afterwards. A sporting man named Matcus Cicero Stanley was arrested in New York on Wednesday night, by the order of Secretary Seward, on a charge of treason. He was sent to Fort Lafayatte. Mr. Scott Jones, a member of Col. Ashby's cavalry, was shot on Monday week, says the Charlestown (Va.) Free Press, by one of the Federal plunderers at Harper's Ferry. He will recover. Lucifer matches are now being made in Charleston, S. C.
The Daily Dispatch: August 18, 1863., [Electronic resource], Religious intelligence — deserters, &c. (search)
milar to a Baptist Association? I was gratified at the indications of prosperity in Nelson. The corn is splendid, and is regarded as made, while many of the large orchards with which the county abounds are loaded with apples. Nelson is to me an interesting and peculiar county. In Piedmont, and lying between two of our greatest railroads, it contains features which remind one of the extreme western part of the State. I spent one night at a hospitable mansion on the headwaters of Rockfish, just under the Blue Ridge, where, by the way, I had the pleasure of meeting with Hon. Mr. Hawes Governor of Kentucky. My worthy host told me that there was a road running through the county, and across the mountain, which for years had been considered unsafe for travelers, several robberies and murders having been committed on its solitudes. At this time, he said, the mountain region through which it passed is filled with deserters, who occasionally come down and steal the means of subsi
y the enemy on our approach. Gen Merritt accompanied this division. The Third Division started at the same time from Charlottesville, and proceeded down the Lynchburg Railroad to Amherst Courthouse, destroying every bridge on the road, and in many places miles of the track. The bridges on this road are numerous, and some of them 500 feet in length. We have found great abundance in this country for our men and animals. In fact the canal had been the great feeder of Richmond. At Rockfish river the bank of the canal was cut, and at New Canton, where the dam is across the James, the guard lock was destroyed, and the James river let into the canal, carrying away the banks and washing out the bottom of the canal. The dam across the James at this point was also partially destroyed. I have had no opposition. Everybody is bewildered by our movements. I have had no news of any kind since I left. The latest Richmond papers were of the 4th but contained nothing. I