Decoying the Yanks: Jackson's Valley Campaign

Decoying the Yanks: Jackson's Valley Campaign

Time-Life Books

Language: English

Pages: 184

ISBN: 080944724X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Time-Life Civil War Series 7 of 27

In this volume we look at the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign campaign conducted by Confederate forces under General Jackson. This large valley, situated so that its northern end threatened Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., became a battleground as Federals tried to bring to corner Jackson... and frequently found themselves suddenly attacked and defeated. This campaign would forever make Stonewall Jackson a legend. This book is well illustrated with photos, maps, artwork and pictures of various artifacts. However, to follow the manueverings of Jackson you have to pretty much keep going back and forth to the map at the beginning of the book... regional maps at the beginning of each chapter might have been more useful. The book also has several sidebars on topics such as Shenandoah paintings by German artist Edward Beyer, Fortess Washington, foreigners in Federal blue, Confederate spy Belle Boyd and Soldiers of the Valley.

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way of the Blue Ridge. There remained, however, another possi86 if failed to exploit Luray Valley would remain Confederate march northward. march north, severing the enemy Front Royal. For that matter, he could at course, idea of As Jackson pondered these fascinating possibilities. Banks remained thoughtful and stationary, his army separated from Turner Ashby's thin line by Stony Creek. "Ashby still here," he informed Washington on the 15th of April. Then he added reassuringly, "We have

ing horsemen had few peers at the hither and thither of guerrilla operations, and they were no less adept at the thrust and parry of rearguard fighting. But in the disciplines demanded for coordinated action with the rest of the army, Ashby 's troopers were all and the fault clearly lay with but hopeless their — commander. "He was without capacity or disposition to enforce discipline on his federate officer who men," wrote otherwise mired Ashby. In the Kernstown example, Ashby had

the Reverend Major was beyond solution, help came in the person of Charles Winder, who in the midst of an object of an unseasonable snowstorm rode back and and toting 92 and who Union Theological Richmond. For such shining second-in-command. Major Oliver Funsten, Jackson had got himself into a pretty pick- albeit ing of a staff that would serve rank, he insisted, he would instantly chal- instead take other action; effect, as Jack- down." With Ashby somewhat chastened, Among

coup at Front Royal, Belle Boyd showed considerable pluck. One evening in mid-May, as General James Shields and his staff conferred in the parlor of the hid upstairs, eavesdropping through a knothole in the floor. She learned that Shields had been ordered east, a move that would sap the Federal strength in Front Royal. That night Belle rode through Federal lines, using false papers to bluff her way past the sentries, and reported the news to Colo- local hotel. Belle nel Turner Ashby, who

instructions. to President, however, had his explorations in the presidential to seemed reckoned without John C. Fremont's proclivity for waywardness. ing to follow his instructions. Furthermore, ing went wrong, the President decided way Shenandoah. Banks had gained to the to in of the sprawling Western Depart- Lincoln's choice was the Treasury Secretary, ment, with headquarters Salmon soon earned a reputation, as a Federal soldier P. Chase. Shortly after Chase arrived at

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