The Shenandoah in Flames: The Valley Campaign of 1864

By Time-Life Books

Time-Life Civil struggle sequence 24 of 27

This is a part of the Time existence sequence at the Civil struggle. The sequence is a finished account of the Civil conflict, together with eyewitness testimony, profiles of key personalities, interval images, illustrations and artifacts, and specific conflict maps. This quantity covers the Valley crusade of 1864.

Stonewall Jackson laid it down as legislation: "If this Valley is misplaced, Virginia is lost". Militarily, the Shenandoah Valley used to be the gateway to the outdated Dominion. keep on with Jackson's security of the Valley in a single of the main agile and creative campaigns of the war.

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Yet that's military has ever sustained because the loss of life of Jackson! " that very same month Jones used to be being thought of movement to officer mentioned favorably: ing all his within the for professional- significant normal, and an examining grumbling, he is "Notwithstanda fantastic officer. " wake of Breckinridge's departure, related day, Crook's Federals marched out of Meadow Bluff and headed ley. " That for Staunton to rendezvous with Hunter. Hunter moved quicker than Sigel had, Jones had even fewer males and with which to re- spond than had Breckinridge. The harried Imboden threw up fortifications on June 2 and ready to make a stand in the back of the North River at Mount Crawford. day after today Jones's 3 understrength infantry regiments and a brigade of fastened infantry commanded by way of Vaughn all started Brigadier normal John C. to dossier into the Mount Craw- ford place, swelling the accomplice strength to 5,000. rived On the 4th, Jones himself ar- — and so did the Federals. Hunter nonetheless had 8,500 males with him; whilst Crook's 10,000 seemed, his numerical virtue will be overwhelming. yet Hunter didn't be aware of Crook's whereabouts. with out criminal, Hunter proposal the accomplice place at Mount Crawford for a frontal attack. He made up our minds too robust to flank the Confederates out in their ready defenses. rather than marching southwest up the Valley Turnpike, he headed southeast towards Port Republic. From there the Federal cavalry Jones discovered himself dealing with a nightmarish re- may possibly take Waynesboro, 15 miles farther On south, sever the Virginia principal and, with prise of the predicament of a few weeks prior. may well 27 basic John Imboden said Staunton hence minimize from New on extra favorable flooring. marketplace that Hunter used to be advancoutnum- ing from Strasburg: "His cavalry bers ours to at least one, his infantry 4 to 1, there isn't any aspect this part of Mount Crawford the place i will effectively face up to him. " Robert E. Lee despatched Jones basically an identical order he had despatched Breckinridge in overdue April, educating him on may well 30 to "get the entire on hand forces you could and flow instantaneously his artillery 4 to 1. to Imboden's information to safeguard the Val- off, deliver Jones to conflict The flow stuck Jones suddenly. yet at Port Republic, the place the North, South and heart Rivers converge to shape Fork of the Shenandoah, the Fedthrow a pontoon bridge around the rain-swollen waters. "There appeared to the South erals had to be not anyone of the engineers how to who understood publish the canvas pontoons," referred to as Strother. "It so sluggish that it re- was once awkwardly performed and used to be obtrusive that we'd forty five * *w . ***^" lose all of the good thing about. our early march. " > accomplice Brigadier basic William E. (Grumble) Jones was once firstly hated by means of his males due to his cantankerous nature and inflexible self-discipline. whilst the troops weren't in motion, Jones drilled them day-by-day; he particular every one Saturday "sabergrinding day," even supposing sabers have been hardly utilized in wrestle. The crossing used to be no longer accomplished until eventually 6 p.

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