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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—Richmond. (search)
red as to be unable to give each other mutual support, were all independent of one another; McDowell, Geary, Banks and Fremont received their orders direct from Washington. The Secretary who directed the movements of these armies in the name of the President from the recesses of his office, was thus preparing an inevitable defeatnd the importance of the villages of Strasburg and Front Royal, which close up the two outlets of the valley, communicating with Winchester on one side and with Washington on the other, by way of Manassas Gap and the railway. But these were not positions the defence of which could be entrusted to a small force; for Strasburg was ulsed his skirmishers, entered the town and took possession of the bridge. This bridge had played an important part in the campaign plans forwarded direct from Washington to the Union generals. They had been alternately directed to destroy and to save it. Colonel Carroll, having been ordered to preserve it, held it for nearly tw
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—Maryland. (search)
cavalry appeared along the banks of the Rapidan. On the 14th, Pope sent him instructions from Washington to make a demonstration as far as Gordonsville, and not to return until he had destroyed the rhe latter did not even reply to the despatch containing this request, and not a word came from Washington to encourage these soldiers, who were thus made to feel the malevolence entertained toward theSuch a coincidence could leave him no longer in doubt. Jackson had penetrated between him and Washington with a considerable force, and he knew that the remainder of the enemy's army was still on thewn into the Federal army, to give them battle before they could receive any reinforcement from Washington. Longstreet would probably pass through Thoroughfare Gap on the morning of the 28th, and the , while waiting for the important reinforcements which would no doubt be forwarded to him from Washington, to place himself once more in communication with the capital, and thus to oblige the enemy to
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VI:—Virginia. (search)
Bragg in Kentucky could not compensate for the evacuation of Maryland in the eyes of those who already expected to see Washington and Philadelphia fall into the power of Lee. Injustice was done to this illustrious general, and the inhabitants of Maat he had been congratulated thereupon. He had, moreover, adopted the plan of campaign which had been sent to him from Washington. It was impossible, therefore, to find any plausible pretext for his dismissal, and the attempt was not made. The r coincidence difficult to calculate upon; then, as he has himself acknowledged, for not having despatched an officer to Washington to superintend the sending of the pontons, in order to render such coincidence possible; finally, in not having discove the Potomac on the 16th, the whole equipage would have reached Belle Plaine on the 18th; and in default of horses from Washington, the army teams could have conveyed them immediately to the borders of the Rappahannock. We have said that, on the 1
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
em were laid up with fever in the hospital, so that when the roll was called there were only three hundred able-bodied men present, and one sergeant to command them. Without allowing himself to be disconcerted by the numerical weakness of his troops, Sergeant Green led them against the enemy. Turning the tables, he suddenly fell upon the Confederates, routed them, killed about thirty men, and triumphantly brought back forty prisoners, among whom was Colonel Garrett. The attack against Washington was more serious. This village was occupied by a field-battery of six pieces, five squadrons of cavalry and four companies of infantry. The gun-boats Pickett and Louisiana were at anchor in the river fronting the village. The talk of the inhabitants, who were known to be in sympathy with the enemy, had roused the suspicion of the Federals, and on the morning of September 6th the cavalry, with two pieces of cannon, went out on a reconnaissance along the Plymouth road. Three or four hund