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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Battle of Manassas #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Second Battle of Manassas, Virginia: August 29-30, 1862
By Jeannette Holland Austin


The Henry House Graveyard, near the home of Henry Hill. When General George McClellan failed to reach the Confederate capitol in Richmond from the Virginia Peninsula, Lincoln created the Army of Virginia. It was commanded by Major General John Pope who was ordered to join the McClellan Army of the Potomac. The combined armies numbered more than 175,000 troops, twice the size of the Confederate Army. General Robert E. Lee, who had prevented McClellan from taking Richmond during a series of skirmishes, called the Seven Days. When Lee heard that McClellan had withdrawn from the Peninsula by water and was returning to a place near Washington, he took 30,000 troops belonging to the General Longstreet army, to join General Jackson. The objective was to defeat the army of General Pope before it could join with McClellan. The resulting battle of Cedar Mountain occurred on August 9th. In a series of skirmishes between the two armies, Confederates under Jeb Stuart, captured the personal baggage of General Pope and his papers. It was from these papers that General Lee learned that the first troops of the Army of the Potomac, known as the V Corps, commanded by Fitz-John Porter, were nearby. General Jackson marcbed fifty four miles to capture union supply wagons. When Pope reached Manassas on August 28th, he found the depot in ruins. On the morning of August 30th, Pope ordered another attack. He was not aware that the armies of General Longstreet and General Lee were close by. Heavy fighting occurred on Chinn Ridge; Pope established a defensive position. The Second Battle of Manassas enabled the South to regain almost all of Virginia.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Harpers Ferry #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Harpers Ferry, Virginia: September 13-15, 1862


Harpers FerryDuring the War Between the States, Harpers Ferry was located in Virginia, situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. It was at that point that the Baltimore and Ohio and the Winchester and Potomac Railroads met. Later on, those counties which favored the Union, seceded from the Confederacy and were accepted into the Union in 1863 as an independent statee, then called Kaanawha, later renamed West Virginia. In October of 1859 a radical abolitionist, John Brown, captured the Federal arsenal in the town. His purpose was to arm slaves and incite a revolt. Colonel Robert E. Lee, commandant of the U. S. Marines, was sent to recapture the arsenal. Brown was tried and hanged for treason. The town served as a base for the Confederates during July of 1861, under Generals Joseph E. Johnston and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. When the Confederates moved soth, the Union troops occupied the town. 

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    West BeachThe Conner family was in Virginia during mid 1600s and they made quite a dent.  The patriot of the family was Lewis Conner, born ca 1690 who is visible in the Norfolk County records as well as Princess Anne.  He was the first owner of Oak Island in old Craven County, North Carolina, also owning lands in Jasper County and on Cape Hatteras.  This property was passed down through the family for generations before ot was finally sold. There is no evidence that Lewis Conner Sr. ever resided on Oak Island.  There is some difficulty tracing this family due to…
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Battle of Fredericksburg #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Battle of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania: December 11 to 13, 1862


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When General McClellan failed to pursue the Confederates after the devastating battle of Antietam, President Lincoln withdrew his support, replacing him with General Ambrose E. Burnside. Burnside took the army to Fredericksburg, an old colonial center near the Rappahannock River between Washington, D. C. and Richmond, Virginia. He assembled some 120,000 men opposite the town. But General Lee had 78,000 men stationed on high ground. On December 13th a thick blanket of fog spread across the plain and at dawn the Union army began its attack on the Confederate lines. The battle yielded little to the Union forces, and General Franklin suspended the battle. 

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

"When the Yankees Tried to Steal the James River"! #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy #civilwar #history

"I Have Nothing to Sell to the Yankees" 

James RiverAfter the Battle of Malvern Hill, there is a story of how a yankee wandered around Virginia until he found one rebel, a woman residing near Harrison's Landing. It was a hot day as he followed the tracks of the retreating General McClellan retreat from Malvern Hill. He was hungry and thirsty, but saw a woman standing at the gate leading to her house, and rode up and asked: "Madam, can I get dinner here?"

She saw the yank in me quicker than scat, and instantly replied: "The yankees stole all all I had to eat."

"I'll pay you well."

"But I haven't got nothin to sell."

"If you had some potatoes and bacon and..."

"Yanks stole 'em all," she interrupted.

"But you can give me a drink of water, can't you?"

"No sir! The yankees filled up the well and carried away the dipper."

"Is there a spring around here?"

"Used to be lots of 'em, but the yanks toted 'em off."

Below us was the muddy James (river), and the drought had lased so long that there was hardly enough water to float a catfish. Pointing to the historic stream, I asked: "Why didn't the yankees steal the river too?"

She scratched her with a sliver pulled off the fence and never unbent a particle as she replied: "They wanted to, stranger; wanted to in the wust way, and when they discovered it would't load up wurth a cent, they galloped their old gunboats up and down and washed so many shirts in Turkey Bend that the Jeems has been ashamed to look a cow in the face ever since! Maybe you kin git a drink down thar, but 'ere neighborhood won't stand by and see you carry off any of the sand bars. Be a leetie keerfulhow you paw around."

This story appeared in The Bourbon News, Millersburg, Kentucky on April 25, 1882. 

Battle of Malvern Hill

The Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Battle of Cold Harbor #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet


Battle of Cold Harbor: June 1 to 3, 1864


Battle of Cold Harbor
In the second campaign for Richmand, General U. S. Grant ordered an attack at Cold Harbor. The Confederates had a decisive victory, killing over 7,000 Union soldiers in thirty minutes. 
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