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Chapter 10: Position at Manassas Ashby at Harper's Ferry his preparations for attack our artillery co-operate incidents of the fight General McCall leaves Drainsville, and threatens our retreat our alarming position to Goose Creek and back again. During the month of October there was no change in affairs at Manassas or Centreville. At the latter place, fortifications had been erected under the superintendence of Generals Gustavus Smith and Beauregard, and were generally considered to be impregnable. Our pickets were at Fairfax Court-House, but the Yankees were in winter quarters to the front, and could not be coaxed to advance. Active movements were on foot, however, at Harper's Ferry, and General Banks had pushed his outposts several miles up the Valley. Ashby, with his cavalry, whose daring raids I have mentioned, grew bolder every day, and solicited reenforcements. These were not granted him, the authorities perhaps judging it prudent not to fight, altho
October 13th, 1861 AD (search for this): chapter 11
y, and yearned to assist him. Knowing him to be weak in artillery, Evans gave permission for two of our pieces to march to his assistance, ascend the Loudon Heights, and annoy the enemy's rear when marching out to attack Ashby, to destroy the mills, storehouses, bridges, etc., around the Ferry as far as practicable, but by no means to leave the heights and descend into the valley. Four companies of our regiment accompanied the guns and started towards Harper's Ferry at three A M., October thirteenth, 1861, and camped within two miles of the place at sundown At four A. M. next morning, we cautiously took up the line of march, and when within a mile of the Ferry abruptly left the main road and approached the Loudon Heights. We could distinctly see the tall bold rocks at Harper's Ferry, encircled by mists and clouds; and as we journeyed quietly through the forest and ascended the steep wood-covered mountains, the sun rose, revealing the Potomac swiftly flowing through the natural flood
Turner Ashby (search for this): chapter 11
iment of cavalry, and several hundred militia, Ashby gradually approached Harper's Ferry, and sent n of his command, although he ardently admired Ashby's bravery, and yearned to assist him. Knowing cket-fires and videttes. There was no sign of Ashby or his command: but when the mists of morning barracks and storehouses, establishments that Ashby had long beheld with a jealous and covetous ey. Shortly afterwards clouds of dust indicated Ashby's approach. At eight A. M. to a minute he hal and dispersed the rest in wild confusion. Ashby now advanced several hundred yards nearer, andfortified house used for barracks in Bolivar. Ashby observed this place, and stealing along the roe heights on which we stood, but did no harm. Ashby, seeing that he was greatly outnumbered, and tgallantly advancing, repulsed the enemy; while Ashby, conspicuous on a white horse, led on the cavards Winchester, to get under the protection of Ashby. This indeed was startling news. The men had[4 more...]
N. P. Banks (search for this): chapter 11
d were generally considered to be impregnable. Our pickets were at Fairfax Court-House, but the Yankees were in winter quarters to the front, and could not be coaxed to advance. Active movements were on foot, however, at Harper's Ferry, and General Banks had pushed his outposts several miles up the Valley. Ashby, with his cavalry, whose daring raids I have mentioned, grew bolder every day, and solicited reenforcements. These were not granted him, the authorities perhaps judging it prudent nat all was right. The enemy were not long in assembling, and could be seen swarming into their fieldworks and rifle-pits. Skirmishers were sent out by both parties, and little puffs of smoke and faint reports told that they were hotly engaged. Banks did not seem inclined to leave his fortifications, yet to draw Ashby forward sent out two regiments as decoys; they were saluted with round shot and shell, and, quickly turning, fled to the woods south-west of Bolivar, where again volleys saluted
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Chapter 10: Position at Manassas Ashby at Harper's Ferry his preparations for attack our artillery co-operate incidents of the fight General McCall leaves Drainsville, and threatens our retreat our alarming position to Goose Creek and back again. During the month of October there was no change in affairs at Manassas or Centreville. At the latter place, fortifications had been erected under the superintendence of Generals Gustavus Smith and Beauregard, and were generally considered to be impregnable. Our pickets were at Fairfax Court-House, but the Yankees were in winter quarters to the front, and could not be coaxed to advance. Active movements were on foot, however, at Harper's Ferry, and General Banks had pushed his outposts several miles up the Valley. Ashby, with his cavalry, whose daring raids I have mentioned, grew bolder every day, and solicited reenforcements. These were not granted him, the authorities perhaps judging it prudent not to fight, althou
Nathan Evans (search for this): chapter 11
th his regiment of cavalry, and several hundred militia, Ashby gradually approached Harper's Ferry, and sent a courier to Evans, asking him to co-operate. Our commander had no orders to leave Loudon County, and it would have been certain destructiois command, although he ardently admired Ashby's bravery, and yearned to assist him. Knowing him to be weak in artillery, Evans gave permission for two of our pieces to march to his assistance, ascend the Loudon Heights, and annoy the enemy's rear whing towards us, and brought the stirring news that McCall, with a heavy force, was marching from Drainsville to cut off Evans at Leesburgh. The latter, therefore, had hastily retreated to Goose Creek, ten miles nearer Centreville, and we were ordurier brought orders to halt for the night, and proceed to Leesburgh at break of day. With much swearing and grumbling at Evans's idea of strategy, the order was obeyed, and shoeless, foot-sore, and dirty, we pitched tents on our old camping-ground,
James McCall (search for this): chapter 11
Chapter 10: Position at Manassas Ashby at Harper's Ferry his preparations for attack our artillery co-operate incidents of the fight General McCall leaves Drainsville, and threatens our retreat our alarming position to Goose Creek and back again. During the month of October there was no change in affairs at Manassas or Centreville. At the latter place, fortifications had been erected under the superintendence of Generals Gustavus Smith and Beauregard, and were generally c a determined stand. The enemy perceived that we had taken up a strong position, and over-estimating our force, retired without firing a shot. While bivouacked that night, a courier came dashing towards us, and brought the stirring news that McCall, with a heavy force, was marching from Drainsville to cut off Evans at Leesburgh. The latter, therefore, had hastily retreated to Goose Creek, ten miles nearer Centreville, and we were ordered to follow in his track, and if the enemy had really
Gustavus Smith (search for this): chapter 11
Chapter 10: Position at Manassas Ashby at Harper's Ferry his preparations for attack our artillery co-operate incidents of the fight General McCall leaves Drainsville, and threatens our retreat our alarming position to Goose Creek and back again. During the month of October there was no change in affairs at Manassas or Centreville. At the latter place, fortifications had been erected under the superintendence of Generals Gustavus Smith and Beauregard, and were generally considered to be impregnable. Our pickets were at Fairfax Court-House, but the Yankees were in winter quarters to the front, and could not be coaxed to advance. Active movements were on foot, however, at Harper's Ferry, and General Banks had pushed his outposts several miles up the Valley. Ashby, with his cavalry, whose daring raids I have mentioned, grew bolder every day, and solicited reenforcements. These were not granted him, the authorities perhaps judging it prudent not to fight, altho
Bolivar, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
visible, small faint columns of smoke indicated where his forces lay along the Bolivar road. At the base of the hill on which we were, the Shenandoah ran on its couile beyond the first-named stream in the valley lay the picturesque village of Bolivar, where the commandant of the post, chiefs of arms, factories, and merchants deen A. M., I observed several horsemen dash from the distant woods and approach Bolivar in great haste. The drums began to beat very wildly. Shortly afterwards clou dust indicated Ashby's approach. At eight A. M. to a minute he halted on the Bolivar road and fired a shot at the infantry barracks: this was a signal to us; we hoth round shot and shell, and, quickly turning, fled to the woods south-west of Bolivar, where again volleys saluted them, and a squadron of cavalry dashing forward octed their escape by running into a large fortified house used for barracks in Bolivar. Ashby observed this place, and stealing along the road with his twenty-four-
Centreville (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
cupied the point crossing a hill, and placed our pieces in position, ready for a determined stand. The enemy perceived that we had taken up a strong position, and over-estimating our force, retired without firing a shot. While bivouacked that night, a courier came dashing towards us, and brought the stirring news that McCall, with a heavy force, was marching from Drainsville to cut off Evans at Leesburgh. The latter, therefore, had hastily retreated to Goose Creek, ten miles nearer Centreville, and we were ordered to follow in his track, and if the enemy had really entered the town, a courier would inform us of it on the road, and give time to branch off towards Winchester, to get under the protection of Ashby. This indeed was startling news. The men had travelled much, and were excessively weary. The colonel decided not to call them up for a few hours, but give them rest. Towards twilight all were quietly awakened and informed of the state of things; the men good-humoredly
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