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General Kelley, page 2


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the troop came in, two hours later, with the information that during the night Lee had crossed the Potomac. I immediately marched, without orders, to Williamsport, the point of crossing, hoping to catch a belated brigade or two; but we only got a few stragglers and some abandoned property.

An order reached me from Gen. Halleck to proceed to Cherry Run, seven miles above, cross the river and harass the enemy's flank. This order came near losing the whole of my force to Lee. Ewell's Corps, when across had gone 10 or 12 miles up before striking back into the country, and our crossing at Cherry Run placed us not on the enemy's right flank but between two of the retreating columns. I marched up Back Creek seven miles the night of July 15-16 and went into camp in a gap of North Mountain with headquarters in the pretty little village of Hedgesville.

Lee's troops were struck with terror when they found that the Yankees were in force at Hedgesville. They thought it was Meade's army in hot pursuit which had thus caught them saddle-bagged across North Mountain. But there was joy in the rebel camp when the report came that it was only Kelley's little army, instead of Meade's host of 100,000, and a plan was immediately made to capture us. A Council of War was held on the night of July 16th. at the residence of Charles James Faulkner, one of Buchanan's Ministers to France, which was temporarily Lee's Headquarters.

The Faulkner Homestead is known as Boydville, and is near Martinsburg. It was arranged that Gen. Jubal Early should take a large force and move swiftly through Baker's Gap, 18 miles above Hedgesville and thence down Back Creek within reach of our rear lines to be ready to attack at daylight on the 18th—while Gen. Ewell was to engage us in front. The plan was well laid, and it would have been pretty certain to result in our destruction had we not been saved by an almost miraculous circumstance. The Council of War was attended by a Negro man-servant belonging to Dr. E. Boyd Pendleton who had been loaned to the Faulkner household on account of his talent as a compounder of Mint Julips—and to wait on the distinguished officers. While serving juleps, cigars and other concomitants of Southern hospitality the darky kept his ears open, and he picked up enough to see what was going on. When the Council was over he went home and told his mistress, Mrs. Dr. Pendleton what he had heard. This lady was strongly loyal, and at great personal sacrifice she had held out alone and fearlessly against all her people in maintaining her Union senti




ID:
gctg186

Creator:
From Fannie Ward Hinebaugh's Scrapbook

Date:
1956

Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Subject:
Maryland, History

Coverage:
Western Maryland, 1750-1963

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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