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The time of Longstreet's arrival at Groveton. D. M. Perry, sergeant in Company E, 76th New York (of Doub
fell into the hands of the enemy, Hood's men, of Longstreet's corps.
By an ingenious device he managed to re or nine miles. At the time of our arrival some of Longstreet's troops who had preceded us were formed in two l whole corps been assigned to the duty of keeping Longstreet on the west side of the Bull Run Mountains, it co been many different statements as to the time of Longstreet's arrival at Manassas on the 29th of August.
I a dvance of Jackson's right.
The other troops of Longstreet's command were now rapidly coming up. Kemper, wit gades were posted in rear of the interval between Longstreet's left and Jackson's right, the interval itself b faster than mine. ... On the evening of the 28th, Longstreet drove Ricketts's division from Thoroughfare, and ghfare Gap.
As Ricketts was then between him and Longstreet, Stuart sent a dispatch by a trusty messenger urg
The time of Longstreet's arrival at Groveton. D. M. Perry, sergeant in Company E, 76th New York (of Doubleday's brigade, King's division, McDowell's corps), wrote to the editors in 1886 to say that he was wounded in the attack made on the flank of King's division as it was passing Jackson's front on the evening of August 28th, was left on the field, was taken prisoner, hobbled off the next morning, and again fell into the hands of the enemy, Hood's men, of Longstreet's corps. By an ingeni
int less than half a mile from where I had started.
We passed through the gap and camped that night on the ground that Ricketts's troops had held in the afternoon.
The second battle of Bull Run was practically decided at Thoroughfare Gap.
Had McDowell's whole corps been assigned to the duty of keeping Longstreet on the west side of the Bull Run Mountains, it could, properly handled, have kept him there long enough to enable General Pope to crush Jackson with the other forces at his disposal.