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N. P. Banks (search for this): chapter 41
y force, and with Washington nearly due north; Banks had massed his troops in a wooded plain near Cned on our part as to attract the attention of Banks himself, inland and farther up the stream. an. Our movements were evidently too rapid for Banks; indeed, no possible despatch could save him, ained something regarding the true position of Banks's army. A few of these adventurous spirits had be unable to appear upon the field to assist Banks, should Jackson force him to engage on the folback towards the mountain, it was evident that Banks was determined to push us hard, and begin the the broken character of the country. Clearly, Banks was ignorant of the existence of a flanking foeral brigades in which he had most confidence, Banks ordered them to charge the guns before mentioneveral pieces, and broke them in a moment. Banks was angry, and determined to force our positiondications. Perceiving that his old friend Banks was unwilling to leave the vicinity of the bat[8 more...]
ton, and Manassas Junction; a heavy force was stationed on Pope's left, at or near Waterloo on the Rappahannock, while somewhat to the rear of Banks and Pope was McDowell's corps. It was concluded with reason that these various bodies would be unable to appear upon the field to assist Banks, should Jackson force him to engage on -witness to them. to the inhabitants of the country, and his extraordinary amount of vanity and bombast. It was ascertained from these prisoners, also, that General McDowell's forces had arrived, and that Sigel was rapidly approaching, so that by the morrow there would be two full corps before us, irrespective of Banks, who was sshed forward too far, or it must have precipitated an engagement on the morrow, in which he could not reasonably have expected to be successful. The commands of McDowell, Sigel, and Banks, amounted originally to sixty thousand men, with a heavy force of artillery; while the most that Jackson could muster numbered from twenty thou
J. E. B. Stuart (search for this): chapter 41
the part of the enemy to occupy the battle-field and despoil it of our valuable booty. This was our first surmise; but when it was ascertained that squadrons of Stuart's cavalry were also in motion, it was certain that some dashing achievement was in contemplation. It was like watching a succession of scenes on the stage. As to our position and number. During the truce many officers of both armies met and conversed upon the field, and all seemed animated with the best of feeling. General Stuart was among the first to mount his horse to trot over the field; and while engaged in conversation, up rode his old companion in arms, Brigadier-General Hartsuff, of the Federal cavalry, and politely saluting him, jocularly remarked: Hallo Stuart, my boy, how goes it? who'd a thought of such changes within so short a time? I was over you once, you know; now you're a full major-general, and I but a simple brigadier. It cannot be denied that much bravery had been displayed by both arm
l tales of fiction. Rape, arson, and theft seem to be the constant attendants of an army professing to fight for the Union. A recital of the horrible murders that mark its bloody attack, one might suppose, would appall the doomed of Hades. Mrs. Fitzhugh, of Ravensworth — mother of the late Andrew Fitzhugh, of the Navy-a lady of distinguished position, and one singularly embodying the graces and virtues of her sex, was brutally murdered in front of her house. Ravensworth, the family-seat of , who was over eighty years of age, infirm and blind, leaning on the arm of her maid, was taking a little exercise in front of her mansion, when the girl suddenly cried out, 0 mistress there come the Yankees! and in terror ran to the house. Mrs. Fitzhugh called out to her, Don't leave me alone with these vile Yankees! when one of them approached, and, with the butt of his gun, killed her! Shortly after, two of her daughters, who had been visiting a neighbor, returned. One of them was seiz
sent forward a flag of truce, giving Banks permission to bury his dead, which was readily accepted; provision was of course taken to prevent the Yankees from prying too closely into our position and number. During the truce many officers of both armies met and conversed upon the field, and all seemed animated with the best of feeling. General Stuart was among the first to mount his horse to trot over the field; and while engaged in conversation, up rode his old companion in arms, Brigadier-General Hartsuff, of the Federal cavalry, and politely saluting him, jocularly remarked: Hallo Stuart, my boy, how goes it? who'd a thought of such changes within so short a time? I was over you once, you know; now you're a full major-general, and I but a simple brigadier. It cannot be denied that much bravery had been displayed by both armies in this brief encounter, and the brigades led forward against our batteries behaved wonderfully well. This did not surprise us when we learned that the
the destination of troops, or the object in view, and even then brigadiers are frequently no better informed than the humblest patriot in the ranks. If this is true of movements generally, it is peculiarly so in regard to the rapid marches of Stonewall ; for a person might as reasonably whistle jigs to a mile-stone as attempt to gleam information from the sharp-eyed, tart, sarcastic, crabbed-spoken Jackson. When his corps received orders to move, some imagined merely a change of camps, or so at its base and sweeping the Federal advance, Jackson ordered to advance large bodies of skirmishers in order to draw the enemy forward. Desultory picket-firing occupied most of the morning; and when noon had passed, many imagined that old Stonewall would defer an attack till the morrow; but those who had served with him, knowing well his mode of warfare, laughed at the idea. Jackson is too wise to defer an engagement, said they; and is fully aware that, by to-morrow, Sigel and others wil
n's forces south of the James River, and the threatened advance of Burnside from Suffolk and Norfolk, as if to form a junction and cooperate ws possible that conflicting opinions existed between McClellan and Burnside, as was also known to be the case between the first-named and Pope. Burnside was ambitious-he was considered a successful man, from his capture of Roanoke Island, and full of promise; McClellan had yet to wirs, and was now bullied by a brutal press for being unsuccessful. Burnside was politically allied to the Government; McClellan was not. BurnsBurnside was desirous of superseding McClellan in command of the Grand army, or what remained of it, while the latter was actuated by pure militaryf their forces might ensue, McClellan's desires were thwarted, and Burnside was ordered round to reenforce Pope. Finding that the expected reenforcement of Burnside was hopeless, McClellan withdrew his troops from the south side, and quietly prepared to leave the peninsula, whic
No action or combat of importance, however, had occurred save in the neighborhood of Gordonsville, where a sharp cavalry encounter took place, with loss on both sides; yet the enemy rapidly fell back towards the Rapidan, and seemed disinclined to operate in the fine open country south of it. This was generalship. They knew not what force was approaching; by crossing the stream and destroying the bridges, a deep unfordable river was left in our front, which would occasion much delay; and as Culpeper was as a pivot-point by which the enemy could keep open the communication with their main army under Pope, approaching east by north; with Miles advancing from the west through the Valley with a heavy force, and with Washington nearly due north; Banks had massed his troops in a wooded plain near Cedar Mountain. Pope was not more than thirty miles to his left, with large masses advancing; while Miles, with fourteen thousand of all arms, was midway up the Valley, distant some forty or more m
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emed disinclined to operate in the fine open country south of it. This was generalship. They knew not what force was approaching; by crossing the stream and destroying the bridges, a deep unfordable river was left in our front, which would occasion much delay; and as Culpeper was as a pivot-point by which the enemy could keep open the communication with their main army under Pope, approaching east by north; with Miles advancing from the west through the Valley with a heavy force, and with Washington nearly due north; Banks had massed his troops in a wooded plain near Cedar Mountain. Pope was not more than thirty miles to his left, with large masses advancing; while Miles, with fourteen thousand of all arms, was midway up the Valley, distant some forty or more miles to his right. The passage of the Rapidan, it was well known, would be hotly disputed, and particularly at the railroad-bridge, for all the best roads to Culpeper cross and recross in the neighborhood. When, therefore, ou
irginia and preparation for the fall campaign Pope, and the New Federal army on the Rappahannock enemy developing by McClellan on our right and Pope on the left preparations and dispositions of Gnown to be the case between the first-named and Pope. Burnside was ambitious-he was considered a sued, and Burnside was ordered round to reenforce Pope. Finding that the expected reenforcement of troops in a wooded plain near Cedar Mountain. Pope was not more than thirty miles to his left, witdwell at length upon the brutality practised by Pope's troops upon the poor people of Virginia, but ndeed, none would ever credit the atrocities of Pope's army were they not upon the spot and eye-witnmade a strong defence, if attacked in force by Pope on the morrow; but of this there were no indicaom ignorance of our true position and strength, Pope deferred all operations for that day. The enemyngton. It was possibly Lee's plan to overwhelm Pope and his Army of Virginia ere the remains of McC[9 more...]
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