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Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 6: first campaign in the Valley. (search)
r illustrious leader to corresponding posts of usefulness and distinction. It may be added, that every brigadier who has com.. manded this famous brigade, except its present gallant leader, has fallen in battle, either at its head or in some other command. General Jackson was succeeded as its commander, by General Richard Garnett, who, having been appointed to another brigade, fell at the head of his command, at Gettysburg. The next General of the Stonewall Brigade was the chivalrous C. S. Winder, who was killed at its head, at Cedar Run. He was succeeded by the lamented General Baylor, who speedily, in the second battle of Manassas, paid, with his life, the price of the perilous eminence; and he, again, by the neighbor and friend of Jackson, General E. F. Paxton, who died on the second of the bloody days of Chancellorsville, thus preceding his commander by a week. This fatality may show the reader what kind of fighting that brigade was taught, by its first leader, to do for its
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 11: McDowell. (search)
Yet his force present at Harrisonburg, about twenty thousand men, was superior to that of both generals united! On Wednesday morning, May 7th, a day having been employed in collecting and refreshing the troops, General Johnson broke up his camp at West View at an early hour, and marched against the enemy, followed by General Jackson in supporting distance, with the brigade of General Taliaferro in front, that of Colonel Campbell next, and the Stonewall Brigade, now commanded by General Charles S. Winder, in the rear. The Corps of Cadets, from the Military Academy, forming a gallant battalion of four companies of infantry, under their teachers, was also attached to the expedition. The spruce equipments and exact drill of these youths formed a strong contrast with the war-worn and nonchalant veterans, as they stepped out, full of enthusiasm, to take their first actual look upon the horrid visage of War, under their renowned Professor. The first collision with the enemy occurre
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 12: Winchester. (search)
as composed of his own division, embracing the brigades of Winder, Campbell, and Taliaferro, of General Ewell's division, whter a careful examination of a few minutes, he ordered General Winder to bring forward the Stonewall Brigade; which, formingnever yielding an inch. After a time, by direction of General Winder, they changed their front to the left, so as to presenorning, May 28th, toward Charlestown, by Summit Point, General Winder's brigade again in advance. Charlestown is a handsomes Ferry. When about five miles from the former place, General Winder received information that the enemy was in possession General Ewell with reinforcements to his support. But General Winder resolved not to await them, and advanced cautiously tofrom the Potomac. A short distance beyond that point, General Winder observing the enemy strongly posted on Bolivar Heightsed Shields and Fremont would attempt their junction. General Winder was ordered to recall the 2nd regiment from Loudon hei
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 13: Port Republic. (search)
e the village and opposite to General Ewell's left, by a few pickets. The first brigade of, General Winder was sent down the river with a portion of the artillery, and posted upon the north side, to far more disastrous than that of the previous day. When General Jackson led the brigades of Winder and Taylor against the Federalists, he found their main army posted advantageously at Lewiston. plan of battle was now promptly formed. He placed the Stonewall Brigade, commanded by Brigadier-General Winder, in front, supported on its right by one of the regiments of Brigadier-General Taylor, reserve, on the right of the road-way, and fronting towards it, under cover of the wood. Seeing Winder forced back, and two brigades of the enemy impetuously advancing through the Confederate centre,stead of their left front; and if they had arrived at the moment of the front attack by Brigadier-General Winder, in place of appearing after he was repulsed, the army of Shields would have been destr
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 14: the Richmond campaign. (search)
places where their aid was most essential. The Stonewall Brigade, under General Winder, was next the last in the line of march,, and should therefore have formed is interval, during which its guns were silenced, was decisive. For, meantime, Winder had advanced the famed Stonewall Brigade, in perfect order; had rallied to him ods, into the open fields, nearer the river, and connecting with D. H. Hill and Winder on his left, assisted them in sweeping the Federalists, at nightfall, into the ith the well-directed fire of the batteries, and successful charges of Hill and Winder upon the enemy's right, determined the fortunes of the day. The Federalists, rocomposed of the remainder of the division of Ewell, and the brigades of Lawton, Winder and Cunningham. These dispositions were completed by 2 o'clock, P. M., and thvere loss. Jackson reinforced him, by sending the brigades of Trimble, Lawton, Winder and Cunningham; but the difficulties of the position, the approaching darkness
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 15: Cedar Run. (search)
enemy, supported by the division of Jackson, commanded by Brigadier-General Winder. The remainder of Ewell's division, consisting of the briefore him, for it was masked in the thick corn. The division of Winder had now arrived, and its commander was posting several of its best he patriots of one of the chief ornaments of their army. While General Winder was standing beside the guns of Poague and Carpenter, directingng. It has been related, how the second brigade of the division of Winder, under Colonel Garnett, had been stationed on the left of the greating with the inspiration of battle; he ordered the batteries which Winder had placed to be instantly withdrawn, to: preserve them from capturmourn the loss of some of our best officers and men. Brigadier-General Charles S. Winder was mortally wounded whilst ably discharging his dutmbered blessings. I can hardly think of the fall of Brigadier-General C. S. Winder, without tearful eyes. Let us all unite more earnestly