By Champ Clark
Superbly certain and illustrated quantity of the Civil warfare that includes Jackson's Valley crusade, Decoying the Yanks.
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Extra info for Decoying the Yanks: Jacksons Valley Campaign
41 42 Confederate marketplace militia drill in the Winchester, Virginia, at in the fall of 1861. "There are generally from 6,000 to 8,000 men who are kept constantly at work," a journalist wrote after visiting the strategic site in the Valley. After his stirring farewell to the ia Brigade near Bull Jackson set 1st Virgin- Run on November 4, out for Winchester to take charge of Confederate forces in the Shenandoah. With two aides he rode about five miles to Manassas Junction, where they boarded a train heading west through the Manassas Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
At best he hoped the enemy to trap and capture force, then cross the river to de- stroy Federal supply depots at Hancock, Maryland, and to cut the telegraph hues be- tween Romney and western Maryland. The day's march was an ordeal. Colonel Tahaferro began by dehberately heading his brigade in the wrong direction — back to the wagons carrying food. The troops slipped and slithered across the frozen bog that had given them so much trouble the day before; after eating, they were still so weary that they required two hours of rest before retrac- an aristocratic family Confederate general to be first killed during the War.
Upon the rolls of the troops present. They were dressed in well-worn, dingy uniforms of professors in the Virginia Military Insti- The deposed officers had nearly all left home or for Richmond in a high state tute. Soon, Imboden continued, "the presence mind was but Jackson gathered the cadets early for of a master prayer service and kept them waiting in condition of the camp. Perfect order reigned ranks until the precise minute, before shout- everywhere. Instruction in the details of ing: "Right face!