On going down into the town this morning I found that there had been considerable accessions to the State forces, seven or eight hundred having arrived during the night and morning, while as many more were reported on the way. Confusion reigned supreme, ably seconded by whisky. The newly-arrived troops having nothing to eat, consoled […]
The troops were now marching up the southern slope of the hill, since called Bolivar Heights, the crest of which was covered with pine woods and dense thickets of undergrowth, and furnished a favorable position from which to resist their advance. From certain unmistakable symptoms I concluded that very little force would have been required […]
This is what Strother sketched from somewhere around Bolivar Heights, for 9:30 p.m., April 18, 1861… noting that the time was earlier than some affix to the event… View from Bolivar Heights, afternoon of April 18, 2011… Marker on Bolivar Heights, recognizing the events of April 18, 1861 (and later that year)… Another view of […]
By dusk, the Virginia troops arrived in Winchester, returned the horses to the farmers, and begins to wait for rail cars to haul them on the Winchester and Potomac Railroad, 28 miles, to Halltown. From there, the guns would be moved to Bolivar Heights, arriving at about 4 a.m. on April 19. General Kenton Harper, […]
Picking-up from this morning… when Strother was present for the actions leading up to the taking of Harper’s Ferry by Virginia militia… and when he encountered “old friends” who were partaking in the endeavor… As these gentlemen had unadvisedly, perhaps, communicated their plans to me, I might under ordinary circumstances have felt averse to saying […]
This morning I took the cars at Sir John’s for the purpose of visiting Charlestown on personal business. A stranger from the West who sat beside me opened conversation on the all-absorbing subject: Would Virginia secede? [Word had not been received yet, of the Convention’s vote the day before] I replied, somewhat dogmatically perhaps, “That […]
… and is joined by two companies from Albemarle County. Taking the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, the body of troops would arrive at Manassas Junction at daybreak.