Raynors HCA 2020-02
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War-date Confederate officer's letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Lieut. Mann Page [WIA Cedar Mountain, Va., Aug. 9, 62], 21st Virginia Infantry, "Camp near Rines(?," [Virginia], May 16, 1862, to his uncle, David Copeland Randolph, reading, in part: "…been on the march everyday since I got back to my Regt….left Richmond to Gordonsville & from there to Col. Patton's with whom I spent Saturday & Sunday, spoke to him about my appointment. He was then endeavoring as to whether he would accept or not…found my Regt. about ten miles from Standardsville at the foot of the mountain. The next day we left for Port Republic…and from there cross the mountain at Brown's Gap…we march via Buffilton's Gap to this place where we drove in their pickets and chased them over the Shenandoah Mon't. to McDowell [where] they being reinforced, the fight took place. The loss on both sides was quite heavy. The enemy had choice of positions and used their artillery which we could not. We took a good many thing from the Yankeys, some guns & ammunition etc and followed them from McDowell to Franklin…causing them [to] destroy a great many things all along the road. Our Regt. did not get in the fight at McDowell, but got on the ground just as our men were driving them off…remained in ambush in advance of our army all that night…we will go to Staunton or…Harrisonburg…we sit today as it is a day of prayer & fasting set part by the President. We have marched…about 200 miles…Col. Patton got to us yesterday. He told me he had written to…[Sec. of War] Geo. Randolph requesting him to…appoint me Adjt. to the 21st Regt. I wrote to V[irginius] Dabney and ask him to go the War Department and see about it…Mann Page." Minor soiling, else VG
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Battle of McDowell & Enlisting the Help Of Secretary of War, George Randolph

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