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S. R. Anderson (search for this): chapter 9
, cavalry; the Second brigade, under Brig.-Gen. S. R. Anderson, to consist of the First, Seventh annder Loring was also to move on the 11th. General Anderson, with his brigade in light marching ordering that flank and the way to Cheat mountain; Anderson was on the turnpike, on the western top of Ch, without his knowing it, had been cut off by Anderson. This detail met Anderson's force, on the weAnderson's force, on the western Cheat mountain, nearly 3 miles from the Federal camp and joined in an engagement which, Kimbalhad been cut off but now came up and attacked Anderson's rear. At this juncture Kimball was inforst have lost his way! The Tennesseeans under Anderson became so impatient that they requested to be to the attack without waiting for Rust. But Anderson thought that he must be governed by the letteclined granting the request of his men. . . . Anderson and Donelson, finding that their situation war this, but met with a vigorous response from Anderson. While keeping up this artillery fire upon[4 more...]
of at least 2,000 men under Col. Albert Rust, of the Third Arkansas (who had asked to lead it, after an examination of the position), on the night of the 11th, along the turnpike to the first top of Cheat or Back Alleghany mountain, and then, at Slaven's cabin, turn to the left, by paths and through the forest and across the Main or Shaver fork of Cheat river, so as to turn the right of the Federal position and attack it, if possible, by surprise, and carry it by assault at dawn of the 12th. J06 men under Maj. J. D. H. Ross, of the Fifty-second Virginia, with instructions to ambuscade a point on the turnpike beyond Camp Bartow, and, if possible, by a demonstration with a few of his men, draw the Federals into it. His pickets were near Slaven's cabin, near the top of the eastern Cheat mountain, when Milroy's advance appeared. These retired and drew that into the ambuscade, where it received a deadly volley from Ross' command. Milroy at once deployed in force and advanced upon the sc
Stonewall Jackson (search for this): chapter 9
al reports of the battle of Alleghany Mountain, in which our troops, 1,200 in number, successfully stood the assault of more than fourfold their number, and drove the enemy from the field after a combat as obstinate and as hard fought as any that has occurred during the war. . . . I doubt not that Congress on the reading of this report, will cordially concur with the Executive in the opinion that in this brilliant combat officers and men alike deserve well of their country and merit its thanks. In consequence of this battle, which revealed the intention of Milroy to gain possession of the pass in the Alleghany mountain and form a junction with Kelley at Moorefield or Romney, if he should succeed in his attempt, General Johnson was ordered to remain at Camp Alleghany while Loring with the rest of his command was sent down the Shenandoah valley to join Stonewall Jackson at Winchester, in an expedition against Romney that would successfully checkmate Milroy's plans and intentions.
Thomas J. Jackson (search for this): chapter 9
h of September the Confederate force under Colonel Gilham evacuated Valley mountain, and on October 2d took position on Elk mountain, where it remained until after the battle of Greenbrier River. After that it fell back to Marlin's bottom (now Marlinton), on the Greenbrier, where it threw up fortifications and remained until late in November, when that portion of the army of the Northwest, with the exception of the cavalry left at Huntersville, was withdrawn and sent to Winchester, to Gen. T. J. Jackson, who had, on the 4th of November, assumed command of the Valley district, which embraced Alleghany mountain. On the 21st of November, Gen. H. R. Jackson evacuated Camp Bartow and retired to the summit of Alleghany mountain, leaving only cavalry at Camp Bartow to scout the enemy's front. On the 22d, from his camp on the mountain, General Jackson ordered Col. Edward Johnson, of the Twelfth Georgia, to take command of the garrison on the summit of the mountain, to consist of the Twel
Carter Stevenson (search for this): chapter 9
, and thence by way of the Warm Springs to the Huntersville line. After spending a few days at Monterey inspecting the troops and gathering information, General Loring, on the 1st of August, rode to the front, accompanied by his staff, Col. Carter Stevenson, assistant adjutant-general; Maj. A. L. Long, chief of artillery; Capt. James L. Corley, chief quartermaster; Capt. R. G. Cole, chief commissary; Lieut. H. M. Matthews, aide-de-camp, and Col. W. M. Starke, volunteer aide-de-camp. Most of these officers subsequently became distinguished; Colonel Stevenson as major-general in command of Hood's corps; Major Long as chief of artillery and brigadier-general in the Second corps of the army of Northern Virginia; Captains Corley and Cole as the chief quartermaster and the chief commissary on the staff of General Lee, and Lieutenant Matthews as governor of West Virginia. Most of these had been officers in the United States army. After crossing Alleghany mountain, General Loring rec
John B. Floyd (search for this): chapter 9
perations on the Kanawha line by constant correspondence with Generals Wise and Floyd, who were there in command. General Loring joined General Lee at Valley mounarmy must be forward. On the 9th, General Lee wrote confidentially to Gen. John B. Floyd, commanding the army of the Kanawha: Great efforts have been made to en he returned to Valley mountain, on the 15th of September, he had report from Floyd of the engagement at Carnifax Ferry, on the 10th, and learned what had become of Rosecrans. Apprehensive that the bickerings of Floyd and Wise on the Kanawha line would lead to further disasters, now that Rosecrans had added his force to that ee left Valley mountain he sent back orders to Loring to send reinforcements to Floyd. Loring was very ill, and the doctor would not allow him to be disturbed. A cs was called, that decided that the army should march at once for the relief of Floyd, leaving Gilham's brigade to cover the movement and take care of the 1,500 sick
Hansborough (search for this): chapter 9
to the crest of the mountain on the right, to guard against approach from that quarter. No defenses had been thrown up on that ridge. Some fields, with stumps and felled timber beyond, reached this crest of the mountain. A portion of the enemy, led by a Union man from western Virginia who was familiar with the locality, turned to the left about a mile down the turnpike and reached the field in front of Johnson's right by a trail which led into a road coming into a field near his rear. Hansborough's pickets discovered this approach and reported the enemy coming in strong force. They advanced, some 2,000 men, in line of battle at about 7:15 a. m. and promptly opened a terrific musketry fire, which was bravely responded to by the 300 Confederates on the crest of the ridge. As soon as this firing began, Johnson ordered two companies of the Twelfth Georgia, that had been posted about a quarter of a mile down the turnpike, to move to the support of the right; he also sent three other
J. N. Ramsey (search for this): chapter 9
n's Thirty-seventh Virginia, Col. William B. Taliaferro's Twenty-third Virginia, and Col. W. C. Scott's Forty-fourth Virginia were at Monterey, as also were Shumaker's Virginia battery and Maj. George Jackson's Fourteenth Virginia cavalry. Col. J. N. Ramsey's First Georgia and the remnant of the Twenty-fifth Virginia, under Maj. A. G. Reger, were placed at McDowell for reorganization; Col. Charles C. Lee's Thirty-seventh North Carolina and Col. William Gilham's Thirty-first Virginia, with some. While keeping up this artillery fire upon the Confederate left and center, Reynolds organized an assault, with the larger portion of his command, upon the Confederate right, which was held by Col. Edward Johnson with his First Georgia, Col. J. N. Ramsey's Twelfth Georgia, and Capt. F. F. Sterrett's Churchville, Va., cavalry. Watching this movement as it defiled along the edge of the woods on the steep hill bordering the west bank of the river, in his front, Jackson directed Johnson to adv
William Gilham (search for this): chapter 9
tanley's Virginia batteries of artillery. Colonels Gilham and Lee were at Valley mountain, 28 milesage in the advance was already occupied by Colonel Gilham, and yet, to the surprise of every one, LoVa., cavalry; the Fourth brigade, under Col. William Gilham, to consist of the Twenty-first Virginiby Munford's battalion and followed by part of Gilham's brigade. The brigade of Colonel Burks was t Generals Lee and Loring, with the brigades of Gilham and Burks and the artillery and cavalry, were near the camp. The march began promptly, and Gilham addressed himself to the hard task of removinglike downpour of rain. Early the next morning Gilham retired from Valley mountain toward Huntersvilsed of the Twenty-first Virginia, under Col. William Gilham, located at Valley mountain and guardinnbrier and fall upon the rear of Fulkerson and Gilham, on the Huntersville line, and so open that rh of September the Confederate force under Colonel Gilham evacuated Valley mountain, and on October [4 more...]
W. W. Loring (search for this): chapter 9
on Cheat mountain and near Huttonsville. General Loring reached Monterey on the 22d day of July and assumed command. When Loring reached Monterey he found the army of the Northwest thus distributrmy. After crossing Alleghany mountain, General Loring reconnoitered the enemy's position on CheaGilham, and yet, to the surprise of every one, Loring lingered at Huntersville, giving his attentionremained for several days, conferring with General Loring, and, in his polite, suggestive way, urgine and Floyd, who were there in command. General Loring joined General Lee at Valley mountain abouknow, in his Memoirs of R. E. Lee, states that Loring's force was 6,000 and Jackson's 5,000; and tha2,200 feet above tide, 11 miles due north from Loring's headquarters and the camp of the larger partk toward Elkwater, contending all the way with Loring's advance. Jackson's men marched that nightSo soon as you arrive, address a letter to General Loring, explaining the failure and the reasons of[30 more...]
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