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in his path, the Colonel went without opposition to the town. This is conclusive that the attack to be made upon Banks's column in retreat was not made at the head of the column; and that this affair of Donelly was of no moment in deciding the fortunes of the day. When the first rumors from the teamsters came to us, Banks, filled with apprehension that he had permitted Jackson to throw his whole army on our flank, and fearing that he would be obliged to return to Strasburg, directed Captain Abert, of the topographical engineers on his staff, to turn back with his body-guard A red-uniformed company from Philadelphia, calling themselves Zouaves d'afrique. and foil the enemy's pursuit, by preparing Cedar Creek Bridge for the flames. While they returned on their mission Banks's Report. the column pushed forward. We had been detained about an hour. Donelly's brigade and a wagon-train entered Winchester early in the afternoon of the twenty-fourth of May, without sight or s
onel De Forrest; First Vermont, Colonel Tompkins; five Companies of the First Maine, Lieutenant-Colonel Douty. The Hampton Battery and one section of Best's Battery, half of the First Maine and two Companies of the First Vermont, had accompanied the column, and at Middletown were sent towards Front Royal to observe Jackson. The subsequent history of this command we may as well give here. The six companies of the Fifth New York cavalry, under Colonel De Forrest, came into our lines via Hancock, at Clear Spring, north of the Potomac, bringing with them thirty-two wagons and many stragglers; the Zouaves came to us at Williamsport; the First Vermont joined the column at Winchester, with six pieces of artillery, in time for the fight; and General Hatch united with me in a few hours, as will appear. Major Collins of the cavalry, with three companies, attempted after dusk to proceed up the road towards Middletown, intending to turn off where the main body under Hatch left the pike; bu
out, moved forward, supported by the Twenty-eighth New York and a section of Best's Battery. As Companies A and C, Captains Abbott and Cogswell, passed through the main street, followed by supporting companies of the regiment, the enemy, posted in endured, while the Second Massachusetts were firing occasional volleys, and dropping shots were heard on the left by Captain Abbott's company, let us step over and look into the enemy's camp. As the plan of Jackson's attack, it will be rememberedtheir head, were upon us. Lieutenant-Colonel Andrews had thrown out as his rearguard two companies of the Second (Captains Abbott and Cogswell), with a third company (Captain Williams) as flankers. At a short distance in advance were the remainiby a volley delivered at short range with perfect coolness and great effect. Major Dwight's formation was judicious: Captain Abbott commanded one platoon, posted on one side of the road; Captain Cogswell another, on the other side ; while in the cen
were to advance and attack unless he found the enemy too strongly intrenched. Joseph E. Johnston, General C. S. A. (1874), p. 129. Confederate army of seventeen thousand men We have given the composition and numbers of Jackson's and Johnson's divisions. It now remains to add, that Ewell's division,--made up of Taylor's brigade (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Louisiana regiments), and Wheat's battalion of Trimble's brigade (21st North Carolina, 21st Georgia, 15th Alabama, 16th Mississippi), and Elzey's (13th Virginia and 1st Maryland); of Courtenay's (6 guns) and Brockenbrough's (4 guns) batteries, and of the Second and Sixth Virginia Cavalry under Colonels Munford and Flournoy, numbering (including the cavalry) about 8,000,--increased Jackson's effective force to about 17,000 men, with 11 batteries, containing 48 guns. See Campaign in the Valley of Virginia in 1861--1862. were to be precipitated upon the six thousand four hundred and eight infantry, cavalry, and artillery which, as B
hirty-six hundred men present for duty. See General Williams's Report. There were also at Strasburg, of cavalry 800, and of artillery ten Parrott guns and six smooth-bore fieldpieces. At Front Royal there were in all not to exceed nine hundred men. Eight companies First Maryland Regiment, 775 men; two companies Twenty-ninth Pennsylvania, Lieutenant-Colonel Perham commanding; Fifth New York, two companies, Ira Harris's cavalry (100 men); one section of artillery, Knapp's Battery, Lieutenant Atwell, 38 men; Captain Mapes's Pioneer Corps, 56 men (engaged in reconstructing bridges),--total, under command of Colonel Kenly of the First Maryland, scarcely 1,000 men: did not exceed 900 men. Banks's Report. Along the road nearer Strasburg, and already counted in the total, there were three companies from my brigade: Captain H. S. Russell of the Second Massachusetts, at the bridge just out of Strasburg; one company of the Twentyseventh Indiana, and one of the Third Wisconsin, both ab
Joseph E. Johnston (search for this): chapter 8
Military Operations directed during the late War between the States. By Joseph E. Johnston, General C. S. A., 1874, p. 110. But Jackson hesitated. Milroy, who was the fact that it might become necessary for him to come to the support of General Johnston, and that whatever movement he made against Banks must be made speedily, af Military Operations directed during the late War between the States, by Joseph E. Johnston, General C. S. A. (1874), p. 110. Soon after General Jackson's return to advance and attack unless he found the enemy too strongly intrenched. Joseph E. Johnston, General C. S. A. (1874), p. 129. Confederate army of seventeen thousandnd of. the main body of his army, proceeded in the direction of Middletown, Johnston's Narrative, p. 129. Jackson's Valley Campaign (Allan), p. 102. which is dista From 20,000 to 40,000 men, under the command of Generals Jackson, Ewell, and Johnston, with General Jackson as commander-in-chief, was his reply. I could not dou
tehall, he pressed onward towards Mechum's River station on the Virginia Central Railroad, and at night encamped on the hills and meadows around the station, east of the Blue Ridge. On the 4th the artillery and trains took the road by Rockfish Gap to Staunton: the troops went by rail. On Sunday, the 5th, Jackson reached Staunton; the next day his troops arrived. So secretly had he moved that the people of the town were surprised. On the morning of the 7th the army moved against Milroy. Edwards's brigade in advance; .then Taliaferro's (3d); next Colonel Campbell's (2d); and in the rear the Stonewall brigade, General C. S. Winder (the 1st). The corps of Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, where Jackson had. been a superintendent, was attached to the expedition. The troops moved on the Staunton and Parkersburg turnpike. In eighteen miles Jackson's advance came up with Milroy's first outposts. The Federal pickets were captured or dispersed, and Jackson went on. On this day
Esten Cooke (search for this): chapter 8
le inhabitant suspected Jackson's presence. Cooke's Life of Jackson, p. 141. On the twenty-ton the 24th Jackson's column was in motion. Cooke's Life of Jackson, p. 144. General George H. Sallenge, as reported in Southern histories, Cooke's Life of Jackson, p. 146. Dabney's Life of Jat by a gentleman of character and veracity. Cooke's Life of Jackson, p. 146. It is as true as thh there from Strasburg since early morning. Cooke's Life of Jackson, p. 146. Indeed, there was b in some instances two or three days march. Cooke's Life of Jackson, p. 147. Poague's artillery hs, and accoutrements of every description. Cooke's Life of Jackson, p. ] 46. When the unarmed atermined to push on after Banks to Winchester. Cooke's Life of Jackson, pp. 147, 148. The riflewith joy at the sight of the gray uniforms. Cooke's Life of Jackson, p. 148. Truly, a striking cingled with bands and bars of glowing iron. Cooke says, p. 148, Beyond Newtown the spectacle alo[1 more...]
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bstance in Campaign in the Valley of Virginia in 1861-1862. By William Allan, Lieutenant-Colonel, etc., A. N. V. Jackson's army at this time000 men,--completes the summing up in numbers and location. See Allan's Campaign in the Valley of Virginia, pp. 68, 69, with citations. Oded, 225; and 3 missing. Campaign in the Valley of Virginia, by William Allan, pp. 77, 78. When the Federals had safely withdrawn from thack. See Campaign in the Valley of Virginia in 1861-1862, by William Allan, from which, on page 80, this extract from Dabney's Life of JacMacDowell, I am indebted to the very clear account given by Colonel William Allan in his Campaign in the Valley of Virginia in 1861-1862. 6 in killed and wounded. See Jackson's Valley Campaign, p. 98. William Allan. At four o'clock in the afternoon of the 23d not one word oletown, Johnston's Narrative, p. 129. Jackson's Valley Campaign (Allan), p. 102. which is distant from Front Royal twelve miles. Steuart's
Bradley T. Johnson (search for this): chapter 8
y had formed his command on the crest of a hill about a mile north of the town and in rear of his camp. Here with his whole disposable force of about nine hundred men and two pieces of artillery he calmly awaited the onset of the vastly superior force of the enemy. In his front the ground was level; his guns commanded the approaches. The enemy advanced cautiously, and were received with shells from Knapp's Battery. With a grim humor Jackson selected a Rebel Maryland regiment Colonel Bradley T. Johnson's. to attack the loyal Marylanders. Supported by cavalry, who in turn were sustained by Taylor's brigade of infantry and two battalions of Louisiana Tigers under Major Wheat, an attempt was made to turn both of Kenly's flanks, while the Maryland Rebel regiment, with Wheat's Louisiana battalion of five companies, advanced against his front. Before such odds there was no hope. Setting fire to his camp, Kenly retreated to the first bridge, closely followed by the Rebel Maryland, t
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