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Annandale (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9.72
eneral Hampton's advance regiment had a spirited encounter with and chase after a detachment of Federal cavalry, denominated Scott's nine hundred, killing, wounding and capturing the greater portion, among them several officers; also horses, arms and equipments. The First North Carolina cavalry lost its Major in the first onset--Major Whittaker--an officer of distinction and great value to us. Reaching Fairfax Courthouse, a communication was received from Brigadier-General Fitz. Lee at Annandale. At these two points there were evidences of very recent occupation; but the information was conclusive that the enemy had left this front entirely, the mobilized army having the day previous moved over towards Leesburg, while the local had retired to the fortications near Washington. I had not heard yet from Major Mosby, but the indications favored my successful passage in rear of the enemy's army. After a halt of a few hours to rest and refresh the command, which regaled itself on the
Frederick (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9.72
by Colonel Wickham, Fourth Virginia cavalry, commanding rear guard. I ascertained that Hooker was on the day previous at Poolesville, and his army in motion for Frederick. I realized the importance of joining our army in Pennsylvania, and resumed the march northward early on the 28th. General Hampton was sent by Darnestown to Roc should he pass through (Eiler's gap. In and around Emmettsburg we captured sixty or seventy prisoners of war, and some valuable hospital stores en route from Frederick to the army. The march was resumed on the road to Frederick till we reached a small village called Cooperstown, where our route turned short to the right. HeFrederick till we reached a small village called Cooperstown, where our route turned short to the right. Here I halted the column to feed, as the horses were much fatigued and famished. The column; after an hour's halt, continued through Harbaugh's valley by Zion church, to pass the Catoctin mountain. The road separated before debouching from the mountain--one fork leading to the left by Smithtown, and the other to the right, bearing
Harper's Ferry (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9.72
rds of the Shenandoah, where he already had a picket, which, under Captain Johnston, of the North Carolina cavalry, had handsomely repulsed the enemy in their advance on Ashby's gap, inflicting severe loss, with great disparity in numbers. Harper's Ferry was again in possession of the enemy, and Colonel Harman, Twelfth Virginia cavalry, had in an engagement with the enemy gained a decided success, but was himself captured by his horse falling. Upon my arrival at the Bower that afternoon (1nd it being nearly dark, obstinately maintained his ground at this last point until dark, to cover his withdrawal. Preparations were made to renew the attack vigorously next morning, but daybreak revealed that the enemy had retired towards Harper's Ferry. The enemy's loss in killed and wounded was heavy. We had several killed and wounded; and among the latter, Colonel James H. Drake, First Virginia cavalry, was mortally wounded, dying that night (16th), depriving his regiment of a brave and
Snickersville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9.72
pickets sent forward to the Aldie gap; these pickets were soon attacked by the enemy's cavalry advancing from the direction of Fairfax, and were driven back on the main body, which took a position just west of Aldie, on a hill commanding the Snickersville road, but which was liable to be turned by the road to Middleburg. Simultaneously with this attack I was informed that a large force of the enemy's cavalry was advancing on Middleburg from the direction of Hopewell. Having only a few pickethe enemy was retiring, and the cavalry was ordered up immediately to the front to follow. The enemy was pursued to within a short distance of Aldie, and a number captured. Colonel Rosser, Fifth Virginia cavalry, having been sent across from Snickersville early to reconnoitre, contributed very materially to the vigor of this pursuit. Major Eels, of his regiment, a gallant and meritorious officer, was killed in a charge upon the enemy near Goose Creek bridge. Our lines were much further advan
Robert W. Goode (search for this): chapter 9.72
rly night, and I felt it of the first importance to open communication with the main army, particularly as I was led to believe that a portion of this force might still be hovering on its flanks. I sent a trusty and intelligent soldier, Private Robert W. Goode, First Virginia cavalry, to reach the Commanding-General by a route across the country, and relate to him what I knew, as well as what he might discover en route, and moved towards Leitersburg as soon as Colonel Ferguson came up, who, alof his brigade in the battle of Gettysburg, July 3d, 1863. E--General Order No. 74, headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, directing the retrograde movement from Gettysburg. Memoranda. Privates Benjamin F. Weller, Company E, and Robert W. Goode, Gompany G, First Virginia cavalry, as couriers at these headquarters, rendered distinguished service, exhibiting rare intelligence, great daring and heroism. My field telegraph operator, J. Thompson Quarles, was present throughout, and w
J. F. Jenkins (search for this): chapter 9.72
ge more certain--Colonel Ferguson, commanding Jenkins' brigade, taking the left route, and Chamblis' line of march at Cavetown, I proceeded with Jenkins' brigade by way of Chensville towards Hagerstand Colonel Chambliss needed reinforcements. Jenkins' brigade was pushed forward, and arriving befhe enemy, while Robertson's two regiments and Jenkins' brigade kept to the left of the road, movingof beholders. Just as we neared the village, Jenkins' brigade, under Ferguson, moved up on the Wil, I began to retire towards Funkstown, except Jenkins' brigade, which was ordered to its former pos steadily to within a mile of Shepherdstown — Jenkins' brigade not having yet appeared on the left.f the army. Fitz. Lee's, W. H. F. Lee's, and Jenkins' brigades, by a forced march from the vicinit; but it must be remembered that the cavalry (Jenkins' brigade) specially selected for advance guar should rather be attributed to the fact that Jenkins' brigade was not as efficient as it ought to [7 more...]
Brigadier-Genera Fitzhugh Lee (search for this): chapter 9.72
ded to the special attention of the Commanding-General, and is worthy of the gratitude of their countrymen. I desire to mention, among the Brigadier-Generals, one whose enlarged comprehensions of the functions of cavalry, whose diligent attention to the preservation of its efficiency, and intelligent appreciation and faithful performance of the duties confided to him, point to as one of the first cavalry leaders on the continents and richly entitle him to promotion. I allude to Brigadier-Genera Fitz. Lee. I cannot here particularize the conduct of the many officers who deserve special mention, of less rank than Brigadier-General, with-out extending my remarks more than would be proper. To my staff collectively, however, I feel at liberty to express thus officially my grateful appreciation of the zeal, fidelity and ability with which they discharged their several duties and labored to promote the success of the command. Major Heros Von Borcke, Assistant Adjutant and Inspector
army were not satisfactorily performed in the absence of my command, it should rather be attributed to the fact that Jenkins' brigade was not as efficient as it ought to have been, and as its numbers (3,800) on leaving Virginia warranted us in expecting. Even at that time by its reduction incident to the campaign, it numbered far more than the cavalry which successfully covered Jackson's flank movement at Chancellorsville, turned back Stoneman from the James, and drove 3,500 cavalry under Averill across the Rappahannock. Properly handled, such a command should have done everything requisite, and left nothing to detract, by the remotest implication, from the brilliant exploits of their comrades, achieved under circumstances of great hardship and danger. Arriving at York, I found that General Early had gone, and it is to be regretted that this officer failed to take any measure, by leaving an intelligent scout to watch for my coming, or a patrol to meet me to acquaint me with hi
James Longstreet (search for this): chapter 9.72
main body parallel to the Blue Ridge and on Longstreet's right flank, who was to move near the basehe 15th at Rockford, and take the advance of Longstreet's column, via Barbee's cross-roads, and put the gap in Bull Run mountain, as a screen to Longstreet's movements. W. H. F. Lee's brigade was kepate in these operations. By night part of Longstreet's corps occupied the mountain pass, and the prisoners of war, escorted by another corps (Longstreet's), occupied the centre, and the Third (Ewelrk — Fitz. Lee's brigade holding the line of Longstreet's corps, Baker's of Hill's corps, and the reWaters, some miles below Williamsport, where Longstreet's and Hill's corps were to cross, and Ewell'y at the bridge. These squadrons, mistaking Longstreet's rear for the rear of the army on that routetween our present position and Richmond. Longstreet's corps having already moved to counteract tt is believed that had the corps of Hill and Longstreet moved on, instead of halting near Chambersbu[4 more...]
James B. Gordon (search for this): chapter 9.72
the enemy had time to rally along a crest of rocks and fences, from which he opened with artillery, raking the road. Jenkins' brigade was ordered to dismount and deploy over the difficult ground. This was done with marked effect and boldness--Lieutenant-Colonel Witcher, as usual, distinguishing himself by his courage and conduct. The enemy, thus dislodged, was closely pressed by the mounted cavalry, but made one effort at a counter charge, which was gallantly met and repulsed by Colonel James B. Gordon, commanding a fragment of the Fifth North Carolina cavalry--that officer exhibiting, under my eye, individual prowess deserving special commendation. The repulse was soon after converted into a rout by Colonel Lomax's regiment, Eleventh Virginia cavalry, Jones' brigade, which now took the road, and under the gallant leadership of its Colonel, with drawn sabres, charged down the turnpike under a fearful fire of artillery. Lieutenant-Colonel Funsten behaved with conspicuous gallantr
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