From Across The River And Under Shade Trees

"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave" -Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson

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Monday, April 04, 2005

The South Invaded the North

In 1861, at the outbreak of hostilities in the War Between the States Major Thomas Jackson, who would later earn the nickname Stonewall at the Battle of Bull Run was sent west to Harper's Ferry, Virginia to take command of the garrision there. On the banks of the Potomac River across from Maryland, Jackson took a few local militia, some former regular army and large amount of volunteers and through vigorious drill and discipline molded the garrison into a sound fighting force.

Harper's Ferry, as many of you remember, was the site of John Brown's slave revolt just a few years earlier, which ended poorly for Mr. Brown as he found himself becoming well acquainted with a rope necktie bound in a hangman's not.

That aside, Jackson had a railroad running through his town which was still operating freely and supplying the Union lines with supplies from the west. Across the Potomac lay Maryland and vast hills, perfect terrain from which the Union could sneak up on the outpost and ring the hills with cannonade to rain down steel and fire on the Confederate forces. Jackson ordered a small number of troops across the river into Maryland to act as a lookout, but only in sufficient number so as not to raise the ire of the Maryland citzens across the river.

So folks, as we see, the South invaded the North long before the North marched South.


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