The following write up comes from Wayne Cosby. It is a first hand account of Private W.P. Snakenburg of Co. K, 14th Louisiana Infantry. Wayne informed me that the original source of Snakenburg's letter is unknown but his account was printed in 1984 in the Amite News Digest. The piece picks up from the Seven Days Campaign through the 2nd Manassas Campaign.
Then we fell back to our old camp ground near
After the Battle of Cedar Mountain, we marched around here and there, killing time waiting to see what Pope's next move would be. He finally settled down with his army along the
We then went into camp and that night it rained very hard. All were very tired and those (myself for one) lay down and slept while it rained, covered with an oil cloth, and then I woke up in the morning, found I had laid in the water on my right side and was wet one half way. We moved in another position next day in front of Pope and had an artillery duel for two days. We could get nothing to eat, except green corn and apples, but we got along. Finally
Late one evening there was much cheering down the road and the sound moving nearer as the cheering was taken up by the troops. I asked, what was all the cheering about and someone said: "They are cheering Stonewall. Don't you see him?" I looked and saw some distance off a very ordinary looking person, riding a small sorrel horse, like a house on fire, along the road, about 100 yards off, who looked like a Jew pedlar. He had on an old, faced, long tail coat and a military cap with the peak pulled down over his eyes and set stooped forward in the saddle. That man was Stonewall Jackson. I had seen Gen'l Lee, also Major Gen'l Richard Stoddard Ewell several times. Ewell was our commander of division in Jackson Corps. Early in the morning (August 25) after cooking our three days rations, we fell in and marched up our side of the river, passed the right of Gen'l Pope's line and crossed the Rappahannock River near a little town named Orlean on the great flank and rear movement behind Pope's army or marching Pope's army and the defences of Washington City (D.C.). Gen. Pope had no idea that
It was a very hot day. About it was so hot that I was almost exhausted, that I said: "I wished that we could get some rest." It was not more than one hour before we were into it and stayed there in a big fight until after night sometime and then lay on the field all night. Gen. Ewell lost his leg in this fight. The next morning (Friday, August 29) we fought them all day. We were posted in a railroad cut. In a charge on the enemy from the R.R. cut, Col. York jumped in front of the Regiment and says: " Come on, boys, come on" with his hat in one hand and his sword in the other. In the running charge,
Pope had got his whole army around ours (
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