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Strasburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
of the 25th, ordered me to report to him at Strasburg. It was apparent the fight with Jackson wasime the remainder of Jackson's corps was at Strasburg, Fulkerson's brigade having marched from Wooo, at daylight, Jackson pressed forward from Strasburg. At one P. M. his whole force reached the vfrom the crest. The ridge commands both the Strasburg road, from Kernstown to Winclester, and the It was part of his feint to move forward to Strasburg on the nineteenth of March, and retreat rapi, and no more. If Shields had remained at Strasburg, the history of Banks's retreat would never r, Jackson, on March 12, fell slowly back to Strasburg, eighteen miles, in two days, remaining ther, twentyfour miles, his adversary halting at Strasburg. I received these reports on the 19th, and the valley pike all night, pushed on through Strasburg, Battle-fields of the South, vol. i., Asmy tired troops laid down their knapsacks in Strasburg. The effect of our victory we perceived in [7 more...]
Centreville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ance upon Winchester was the first in McClellan's plans, Williams's division of the Fifth Corps was ordered to proceed, via Berryville, through Snicker's Gap to Centreville, while Shields, with his division of about six thousand men, was to remain at Winchester. Williams's division of three brigades moved very early in the morninginto that gloom of horrors as if his vengeance could not be satisfied. The events of the preceding two days began on the very day that we left Winchester for Centreville. On that day the enemy under command of Stonewall Jackson showed himself one mile south of Winchester, in the edge of woods that skirt the town. This was on ve forward to Strasburg on the nineteenth of March, and retreat rapidly again, passing through Winchester, after three brigades of Banks's corps had marched for Centreville. On the preceding Friday evening, despatches from Colonel Turner Ashby were received, stating that the enemy had evacuated Strasburg. Jackson's Report. Ge
Frederick, Md. (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
national stocks, and a possible if not probable foreign intervention. The President's Order No. 1, issued against McClellan's protest, peremptorily commanded an advance at all points on the twenty-third of February. McClellan was placed at the head of the Army of the Potomac, and soon ceased to be commander-in-chief of the armies of the United States. It was very early in the morning of the twenty-seventh of February, 1862, when I marched with my regiment through the streets of Frederick, in Maryland, to take the cars for Harper's Ferry. As the band aroused the town, young ladies, hurriedly dressed, waved handkerchiefs from windows and, in some cases with tears ill repressed, uttered a trembling good-by. Though their hearts were full of anticipations, hopeful and fearful, their heroism was magnificent. While there was solicitude for suffering that must come, there was no flinching. I saw a sister sending a brother to fight against her husband; a father armed to fight against
Arkansas (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
hardly sheltered from snow and ice, in summer exposed to the sun and rain, he bore his part in the campaigns of the war with a nerve and bearing that attracted the admiration of the army. He was with me for eight months on a. wretched sand-bar off Charleston, during Gillmore's operations; he was with me in Florida; I carried him by sea to New Orleans, and thence up the Mississippi in July, where on transports he was borne around and buffeted from place to place,--now at Memphis, then at Arkansas, up the White River, at Vicksburg, and back again at New Orleans; then Mobile Bay, and on that malarious shore, until again transferred by sea to the Army of the Potomac, there to remain until the war closed, when I brought him to a quiet country home within twenty miles of Boston. In a comfortable stable with a box-stall, with every provision made for his comfort, old Ashby passed a tranquil life. In his peaceful home, and with kind treatment, his disposition became gentler, and his re
Fredericksburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
y what he supposed to be a single brigade. On the 23d, when Jackson attacked, he soon found he had caught a tartar. His force of 4,000 was opposed, not to 2,000 less than his own, but to the whole of Shields's division of 6,750 infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and no more. If Shields had remained at Strasburg, the history of Banks's retreat would never have been written. My brigade would have followed the others of the division, and all would have reported to McDowell in front of Fredericksburg. As it was, only Abercrombie got away, and him we saw no more. In this event Lee would probably have found enough to engage his attention, without sending Jackson on the rampage through the valley. There is no evidence that Jackson contemplated the result that followed, although some writers claim unforeseen consequences, when favorable, as results of welllaid plans. Southern writers, while speaking openly of Jackson's not doubting that he could crush the four regiments at Winchester,
Somersworth (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
Colonel Geary, not serving with any brigade. This made up the whole of Banks's command. Banks's command, including railroad guards, etc., numbered 38,484, -made up of Banks's division, 15,398; Lander's (Shields's) division, 11,869; Sedgwick's division, 11,217. Without guards, etc., its effective strength was 30,000. See McClellan's Morning Report, March 2, 1862, Rebellion Record, vol. i. p. 546, supplement. Gorman's brigade of Sedgwick's division had been guarding the Potomac from Great Falls to the Monocacy, and was sent forward to Banks, March 11. The use to be made of it was primarily the capture of Winchester. It was reported, and we believed, that General (Stonewall) Jackson, with from seven to eleven thousand men, awaited us behind those fortified walls. Jackson's force at Winchester, March 1, 1862, was made up,--of infantry, 3,600 ; artillery, 369; cavalry, 601. This was called the Second Corps A. N. V., and numbered, say, 4,600 effective men. Joseph E. Johnston g
Waterloo, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ndown within one mile of Berryville. General — was there before us, and without opposition, although not without a fight. While riding in advance, the commanding general saw, as he thought, preparations to oppose his march. On a distant hill, surrounded with horsemen, a devilish invention met his gaze. What is it? he asked in vain. Are these three men on horseback the advance of legions? Bring up the field-batteries! he cried aloud. Pointing, like Napoleon to the British squares at Waterloo, he shouted, Our pathway lies there. So General — hurled his shot and shell at this obstacle to his progress. Off scampered the three horsemen; down from his perch scrambled and scud the driver of a threshing-machine,--for this was the harmless implement that filled the soul of General — with direful purpose. To camp that afternoon there came an old farmer to inquire why they fired at him. According to the proclamation, said he, you did n't come to destroy property or interfere with citi<
Hancock, Md. (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
de (Burks's) consisted of the 21st, 42d, 48th Virginia and the Irish battalion; the third brigade consisted of the 23d and 37th Virginia regiments (Fulkerson). See Jackson's Valley Campaign, by William Allan, p. 39. Whatever may have been Jackson's force, we knew he could increase it from Manassas, or from further south. The disposition of our command was as follows: While our brigade moved on and to Charlestown from Harper's Ferry, General Williams with my old Darnstown brigade moved from Hancock through Martinsburg to Bunker Hill (our old position under Patterson); General Hamilton passing through Charlestown stopped at Smithfield, midway between Charlestown and Bunker Hill; General Shields halted at Martinsburg, and General Sedgwick at Charlestown. Our route was first south from Charlestown to Berryville, fourteen and one half miles, then due west to Winchester, about ten and one half miles. General Williams was only fourteen miles away, and Hamilton about the same. On the mor
Ringgold, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
second Ohio; Thirty-ninth Illinois. Third brigade, Tyler's,--Seventh Ohio; Twenty-ninth Ohio; First Virginia; Seventh Indiana; One Hundred Tenth Pennsylvania. Daum's Artillery,--Jenks's Battery A, First Virginia; Clark's Battery E, Fourth Artillery; Davis's Battery B, First Virginia; Robinson's Battery L, First Ohio; Huntington's Battery H, First Ohio. Broadhead's Cavalry,four companies First Michigan; two companies Ohio; two companies Maryland; six companies First Virginia; two companies Ringgold and Washington cavalry. numbered in infantry 6,000, and in cavalry 750. There were also twenty-four pieces of artillery, and one company of Massachusetts sharp-shooters. The battle of Kernstown, as the Confederates call it, was fought on a high ridge, which beyond the western limits of Winchester extends in a north-easterly and south-westerly direction. So does the Strasburg or Valley Turnpike trace its course, crossing for a distance of two miles from Winchester to the toll-gate, the
Round Hill, Ark. (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
and quiet farms,--there was no foreshadowing of the terror, the desolation, and death that were to follow. On the day after our arrival we were thrown forward through the town towards Woodstock, to a camp back from the road concealed behind Round Hill, in front of which was Colonel Sullivan, of Shields's brigade, and, for some purpose of offence, beyond Colonel Sullivan was Jackson. Now Jackson was constantly stirring up Sullivan, and Sullivan was as constantly stirring up my brigade at RouRound Hill. The enemy seemed to be always advancing. .Bits of paper announcing it in hurried though laconic style floated through camp, until How is Sullivan? became a popular inquiry. The enemy was constantly in readiness to move, said our spies, but in which direction was the conundrum of the hour. When we pursued towards Strasburg, Ashby made a display of his artillery, fired a few shots, and retreated; and in this manner we had chased him about four miles beyond the town. When we halted, J
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