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Thomas J. Jackson (search for this): chapter 6.41
Fighting Jackson at Kernstown. by Nathan Kimball, Brevet Major-General, U. S. V. Early in 1862 the division of the Union army afterward commanded by General Jaivisions under General Banks in the operations already begun against Stonewall Jackson. For an account of Jackson's early operations in the valley, see Vol. I., ilton's troops occupied the city and its defenses without serious opposition. Jackson, having abandoned the place, retreated up the valley toward Strasburg. On themake a reconnoissance, moved out from Winchester, following the route taken by Jackson along the turnpike up the valley toward Staunton, with flanking parties of cavbeing followed by the enemy. General Shields reported to General Banks that Jackson had fled with his army from the valley, leaving only a small force under Ashbye beyond the Shenandoah at Mount Jackson. General Banks, now satisfied that Jackson had abandoned the valley, or that his force was too small and he too cautious
George D. Bayard (search for this): chapter 6.41
to our left toward Strasburg. Fremont had passed over the mountains and attacked Jackson's forces at Fisher's Hill. General Shields, at Front Royal, was informed of the fight going on at Strasburg and came to the front, but declined to send our forces to join in the fight, and directed us to remain in our position to await the arrival of General Irvin McDowell and Ord's (Ricketts's) division. General McDowell arrived on the evening of June 1st. Ord's division relieved ours in front, and Bayard's cavalry was sent to aid Fremont, Our division returned to Front Royal and encamped two miles south on the road to Luray. By the wisdom (?) of Generals McDowell and Shields, our division was sent up the Luray valley, east of the south branch of the Shenandoah and Massanutten mountain, while Jackson's army, pursued by Fremont, was moving up the valley, along the Staunton turnpike. Jackson had destroyed all bridges and other means of crossing the Shenandoah, from Front Royal to Port Repub
he enemy escaped to Fisher's Hill. Having been reenforeed by the return of Williams's division, the army under General Banks moved forward on the morning of the 25th, and after light skirmishing occupied Strasburg and Fisher's Hill, the enemy continuing his retreat toward Woodstock and Mount Jackson. Our army remained in camp n another Confederate force was met and driven off by Banks; his rear-guard also repulsed an attack near Kernstown. At Winchester, another stand was made on the 25th. General Banks says: I determined to test the substance and strength of the enemy by actual collision, and measures were promptly taken to prepare our troops to meields's division to move back to the Shenandoah, while Fremont crossed the mountains to strike the army of Jackson before it could retreat from the valley. On the 25th Shields's division commenced its return, and, without halting, reached Rectortown on the evening of the 28th, where we stopped for rest and to await supplies. At
, along the turnpike, and drive or capture the enemy, as the force in my front was nothing more than an observation force of Ashby's cavalry. At daylight, on the 23d, my command was moving; so was the enemy's. Advancing with infantry from the hills in my front, he opened upon my line a heavy fire of musketry and artillery, which steal your house-roof before morning! King was dumfounded, but his fence was never rebuilt. Editors. and Fremont beyond the Shenandoah mountains, Jackson, on the 23d, with his army of about 1500, dashed down upon Banks's 9000, mostly stationed in detachments at Strasburg and Front Royal, nearly 20 miles apart, by the route Bankst not until after three days of hard fighting did he force the heroic soldiers of Banks's division from the valley. Jackson made his attack at Front Royal on the 23d, and, after a stubborn resistance, captured the command of Colonel John R. Kenly, composed of the 1st Maryland Cavalry, and a section of Knops's Pennsylvania Batter
utant when he commanded us, and ordered him to detail sufficient troops to arrest our whole division, exclaiming: Who are these vandals? Why, said Barstow, they are Lander's old troops from Western Virginia; you had better keep your guards here at headquarters, for you'll be devilish lucky if they don't steal your house-roof before morning! King was dumfounded, but his fence was never rebuilt. Editors. and Fremont beyond the Shenandoah mountains, Jackson, on the 23d, with his army of about 1500, dashed down upon Banks's 9000, mostly stationed in detachments at Strasburg and Front Royal, nearly 20 miles apart, by the route Banks was forced to take. But not until after three days of hard fighting did he force the heroic soldiers of Banks's division from the valley. Jackson made his attack at Front Royal on the 23d, and, after a stubborn resistance, captured the command of Colonel John R. Kenly, composed of the 1st Maryland Cavalry, and a section of Knops's Pennsylvania Battery,
nd that night Banks's retreat was continued toward Martinsburg. See p. 288.--Editors. With the information of this reverse came the order directing Shields's division to move back to the Shenandoah, while Fremont crossed the mountains to strike the army of Jackson before it could retreat from the valley. On the 25th Shields's division commenced its return, and, without halting, reached Rectortown on the evening of the 28th, where we stopped for rest and to await supplies. At 4 P. M. of the 29th the following order was received: Colonel Kimball, commanding First Brigade: You will march immediately; leave your teams and wagons, take only ambulances, ammunition-wagons, and provisions, as much as on hand in haversacks. Shields, Brigadier-General commanding. At 6 P. M. my command was moving for Front Royal. Marching all night (save 2 1/2 hours for rest and refreshment at Manassas Gap), we arrived and took position at 11:30 A. M., May 30th, upon the ridge east of and overlooking the
ng of the 10th, after a terrible night's march, we reached Conrad's store, some six miles below the field of action, where I met our worn and defeated comrades of Tyler's and Carroll's commands; and here I formed a new line, and in position awaited the expected attack from Jackson, and the arrival of Ferry's brigade. Ferry came with our supports, but Jackson, having been severely handled by a small detachment, although he had defeated it, was satisfied, now that he was free from Fremont, not to try conclusions with the division, united, that had defeated him at Kernstown. In the afternoon General Fremont succeeded in communicating with General Shields, and arranging for the crossing of his army. It was the intention, thus united, to follow Jackson, now retreating toward Gordonsville to join Lee's army near Richmond, but before the morning of the 11th Shields received peremptory orders, directing him to return with his command to Front Royal, where we arrived on the 16th of June.
troops to meet them. The Confederates were held in check several hours, and that night Banks's retreat was continued toward Martinsburg. See p. 288.--Editors. With the information of this reverse came the order directing Shields's division to move back to the Shenandoah, while Fremont crossed the mountains to strike the army of Jackson before it could retreat from the valley. On the 25th Shields's division commenced its return, and, without halting, reached Rectortown on the evening of the 28th, where we stopped for rest and to await supplies. At 4 P. M. of the 29th the following order was received: Colonel Kimball, commanding First Brigade: You will march immediately; leave your teams and wagons, take only ambulances, ammunition-wagons, and provisions, as much as on hand in haversacks. Shields, Brigadier-General commanding. At 6 P. M. my command was moving for Front Royal. Marching all night (save 2 1/2 hours for rest and refreshment at Manassas Gap), we arrived and took posi
June 25th, 1876 AD (search for this): chapter 6.41
as first repulsed by Carroll's, and Jackson himself was compelled to rally and lead them back to the contest; then, with Dick Taylor's and other brigades and batteries, he forced our men from the field. See pp. 291-293 for details of the engagements at Port Republic and Cross Keys. On the 9th, at sundown, Shields, now with me, received by the gallant Myles W. Keogh As captain in the 7th United States Cavalry, Keogh was killed in the massacre, by the Sioux, of Custer's command, June 25th, 1876, on a branch of the Little Big Horn River, Montana.--Editors. news from Tyler of his disaster. My brigade was ordered at once to move forward, to be followed by Ferry's, then ten miles in my rear. At 10 o'clock on the morning of the 10th, after a terrible night's march, we reached Conrad's store, some six miles below the field of action, where I met our worn and defeated comrades of Tyler's and Carroll's commands; and here I formed a new line, and in position awaited the expected atta
valleys of the upper Potomac. On the 1st of March orders were received directing General Lander to move his division from West Virginia into the valley of the Shenandoah, to unite with the divisions under General Banks in the operations already begun against Stonewall Jackson. For an account of Jackson's early operations in the valley, see Vol. I., p. 111. But the brave Lander was not again to lead us. When the order came, it found him overcome by exposures and hardships, and on the 2d of March he died, at the camp of the division, on the Great Cacapon River. The division began the movement under this order on the 5th, and on the 7th, while we were on the way, General Shields arrived from Washington and assumed command. General Banks had already crossed the Potomac with his divisions, and with but little opposition had occupied Harper's Ferry, Charlestown, and Martinsburg, the enemy retiring toward Winchester. The object of this movement under Banks was the protection of
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