"Peculiarly distinguished among the advance guard, where all were distinguished, must be recorded . . . Private J. W. Brown, of Company F, First Georgia Regiment, who, upon hearing the order to fall back, exclaimed, 'I will give them one more shot before I leave,' and while ramming down his twenty-ninth cartridge fell dead at his post." - General Henry R. Jackson in his report of the Battle of Greenbrier River.

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 13, 1862

While his troops rested at Unger’s Store, General Jackson received an electrifying message from Colonel Ashby – the Federal troops had evacuated Romney.  Orders flew from Jackson’s headquarters that the army would march on January 13.  Early that morning the soldiers left camp in the face of another winter storm, heading westward toward Romney.  Jackson’s lead element, the Stonewall Brigade, would reach Romney on the 15th, with General Loring’s troops finally reaching the town two days later.

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