A Military View of Recent Campaigns in Virginia and Maryland

A Military View of Recent Campaigns in Virginia and Maryland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ... (Turner's) where the chief fighting had been on the 14th; Franklin was ordered due south on Harper's Ferry from the point where he had forced his passage; but before he had made much progress towards the beleaguered garrison, a Confederate aide-de-camp was taken on his way to Lee, whom he supposed at Boonesborough, and M'Clellan learnt, to his chagrin, that the place he wished to relieve had that morning surrendered to the Southern general. To return to Jackson, on the 12th, when he had completed the investment. The Federal troops, as we have noted, were strong in numbers, and they were fully supplied with the materiel necessary for a stout and protracted defence. But from the first they resisted without heart, and were commanded without judgment or tenacity. Colonels Miles and White, who seem to have divided the charge, attempted the occupation of the hills on both sides of the Potomac, taking up a position far too extended for their means in artillery and men. And they were opposed to a general who knew the value of every hour at this crisis of the war, and whose eye was too keen not to detect the errors and weaknesses of the defenders. Jackson, therefore, from the first, pressed them hard. On the 13th, after a sharp cannonade, he directed M'Laws to lead his division against the more advanced of the Federal posts on the Maryland side; and a determined charge drove the Northerners, under Miles, from them so rapidly that they had barely time to spike their guns before abandoning them, and retiring on a range of hills close to the river. Next day, the assault was again renewed--this time chiefly on the Virginia side--and with similar success; and before evening closed, Jackson had planted his batteries in each direction with such command as to...
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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236508238
  • 9781236508232