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George B. McClellan (search for this): chapter 41
ock combinations of the enemy developing by McClellan on our right and Pope on the left preparatiedar Mountain. Despite the manoeuvring of McClellan's forces south of the James River, and the tture of Roanoke Island, and full of promise; McClellan had yet to win his spurs, and was now bulliede was politically allied to the Government; McClellan was not. Burnside was desirous of superseding McClellan in command of the Grand army, or what remained of it, while the latter was actuated by that a junction of their forces might ensue, McClellan's desires were thwarted, and Burnside was orcted reenforcement of Burnside was hopeless, McClellan withdrew his troops from the south side, anefore this final movement of the much-abused McClellan took place, General Lee perceived the scene arching from Richmond to cooperate with him. McClellan, we were informed, had effected his — escape and his Army of Virginia ere the remains of McClellan's Army of the Potomac could come to his assi[1 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
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...]
e after this short but bloody engagement, it required but little more effort to rout the enemy's right wing. This was accomplished by suddenly throwing forward our left, which threw the enemy into such confusion that one whole brigade, under General Prince, was reduced to a crowd of fugitives, running they knew not whither. The attack of Banks had evidently failed, his centre and left were irreparably broken; while, to add to his confusion and dismay, our cannon on the hill-side, immediatelmore to be lamented from. the fact that it occurred while extricating the original Stonewall brigade from an awkward position to which it had been forced by the superior numbers of the enemy. Our men, however, had amply revenged his fall. General Prince, together with thirty commissioned officers, and upwards of three hundred other prisoners, had been marched to the rear and sent to Richmond. The officers, indeed, were handcuffed and treated in the exact manner prescribed for the rebels by
Franz Sigel (search for this): chapter 41
campments in different parts of the country, and had discovered the following facts: One of the enemy's army corps, under Sigel, was on their right among the hills at Sperryville, watching the roads and all direct communication with their rear at Mofare, 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 will be up within supporting distance and may overwhelm him. Besides, when our general commences late in the d 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 st 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
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
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
Petersburgh (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 41
our right and Pope on the left preparations and dispositions of General Lee Jackson is sent in the van what he does, and the manner of doing it he breaks the advance corps of his old friend Banks battle of Cedar Mountain. Despite the manoeuvring of McClellan'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 with him, the true state of the case was soon perceived by our corps of observation at Petersburgh. Either indecision prevailed in the councils of the two generals, or all their movements near the seaboard were intended to hold us in check upon the James, while the large forces of Pope, on the Rappahannock and Rapidan, should obtain eligible positions, and perhaps advance so far as to be beyond our power to arrest them. It is 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 ambi
Mount Washington, Ky. (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 41
aking — every disposition for the morrow. From dusty and weary scouts who arrived during night, we ascertained something regarding the true position of Banks's army. A few of these adventurous spirits had been prowling about the enemy's encampments in different parts of the country, and had discovered the following facts: One of the enemy's army corps, under Sigel, was on their right among the hills at Sperryville, watching the roads and all direct communication with their rear at Mount Washington, Warrenton, 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 the following day, (Saturday, August ninth.) During the night, pickets, in our extreme front, were popping away at each other occasionally, and earl
Culpeper, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 41
e 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, our advance appeared on the south bank, fierce and heavy cannonading ensued, which lasted several hours,rmishing with the enemy, and driving in their outposts. Most of the firing seemed to be in the direction of Cedar Run, or Cedar Mountain, about seven miles from Culpeper, where the enemy were drawn up in order of battle, with an effective strength of more than thirty thousand men, well supplied with artillery. The day was too fad to this — that large masses of men were so panic-stricken, that, with or without officers, they rushed to the rear, and did not stop running until they reached Culpeper. While all had reason enough to rejoice in the signal discomfiture of a foe who had been laying waste the land with fire and sword, many mourned the untimely
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