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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.5 (search)
A remarkable victory. Wilson's defeat at the Staunton river bridge in 1864. [from the Richmond times, September 27, 1891.] A battle which saved Lee's Army—Two hundred and fifty hastily organized Confederates whip Twenty—five hundred Federals—Valuable contributions. Wilson's defeat at the Staunton-river bridge, June 24, 1864, was the most remarkable result of the fervent patriotism which pervaded all classes and ages and sexes of Virginians during our long and severe trials that the history of that war gives us. This most interesting narrative of it was given me ten years or more ago by that able and excellent Virginia gentleman, Colonel Tom Flournoy, then residing in Danville. Several times he told me he would write it for record in the Southern Historical Society. Unfortunately for history, he, in the struggle for maintenance which had then fallen upon us all, died before he could execute his purpose. Wilson's advance. His story was that about the 21st or 22d of<
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Another account of the fight. (search)
An incident. I will close my letter with an incident just related to me by my brother, which may throw some light upon the matter. In the spring or summer of 1865, while General Benham with his engineer corps was engaged in rebuilding Staunton-river bridge, he had a visit from a Colonel Fitzhugh, who commanded the assaulting force, the object of his visit being an inspection of the scene of battle. My brother being on courteous relations with the General was sent for to be questioned byf. Some died in the depot and were burned in that building the next morning when they left in a hurry, as General W. H. F. Lee was only six hours behind them. Not one shot was fired by infantry at these troops on the western or upper side of Staunton-river bridge. Alexander Bruce and the other boys who were with me on that glorious day will bear me out as to the truth of what I have written. A pretty fight. It was the prettiest fight I ever saw. We did not have one man hurt, though sever
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.28 (search)
The Staunton river fight. [from the Richmond times, November 22, 1891.] Colonel Farinholt replies to General Dabney Maury—Certain alleged Errors Corrected—Another account of that famous Engagem he wrote, but received no reply from him.] The following is an account of the battle at Staunton river bridge, prepared by Colonel B. L. Farinholt, in reply to the account of that memorable engagrected and superintended myself, including the rifle-pits on the north and east sides of the Staunton river. Colonel Coleman's position. Your statement says Colonel Coleman assumed command of ertaining me as a compliment for the most gallant defence, as he pleased to term it, made of Staunton river bridge, his home and household goods, I cannot think for a moment Colonel Flournoy would havTimes of the 27th of September, containing General Dabney H. Maury's account of the fight at Staunton river bridge in June, 1864, came duly to hand. Of course it was unintentional, but nevertheless