Civil War Transcendence, part 255

 

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In no time, Captain Reedy rode up and reported to Mosby, “You sent for me sir?”

“Yes Captain,” answered Mosby. “As per tha plan we discussed back in camp, you will provide the nawthern blocking force.  You will keep tha towns people inside the church until you leave tomorrow. Tomorrow, you will leave once the Yankees have passed through Rohersville to our west and moved south, well past where tha road we are presently on joins the Pleasant Valley Road.”

Pointing to the east Mosby continued, “So you need ta get some men up on those hills to view the Yanks’ progress tomorrow. When ya hear the rest of our command to the south hit tha Yanks, y’all will hit tha Union rear guard and keep them from moving back to Boonsboro.”

“Once tha fighting is ovah, you will join our main force and we will move over South Mountain by way of Crampton’s Gap,” Mosby said, turning and pointing to our southeast, “which you can see over therah in tha distance. Any civilians that come up from tha south on this road will be taken into custody and put in tha church with tha town’s people until you leave tomorrow. Is this understood?”

“Yes sir,” responded Captain Reedy.

Mosby continued, “Good. Now divide up your men to contain tha towns people, to have pickets both nawth and south and to have observers in tha hills to tha east.  And for Heaven’s sake, don’t make noise so tha Yanks will know you are herah.”

Captain Reedy nodded, saluted and returned, “I understand sir.”

Mosby returned his salute and uttered, “Umph.”

Captain Reedy rode off to fulfill his orders.

Mosby turned to Captain Greenley and ordered, “Captain, as soon as Captain Reedy has relieved your men, you will take up position at tha head of tha column and you will be under my direct command.”

Captain Greenley saluted and rode off to gather his men together as they were relieved of their various duties.

Mosby turned to Al and me and said, “Okay Lieutenant, so far, so good. We will wait until nightfall herah and then continue south to tha points I wanna occupy for our ambush. Howsoever, I’m gonna change up our plans a bit.”

“We are gonna proceed south to the Valley Road and then to Townsend Road tonight, which is tha first road that branches east and goes up to Crampton’s Gap. I’m gonna send two companies on that road for a ways and then have then swing south again. One company will stay to tha east of the road about a half-mile south of Townsend Road and hide behind the hills in that area. They will hit tha Yanks in their left flank tomorrow. Tha other company I’m sending further south to be tha blocking force on tha Valley Road. That company will hit tha Yanks in tha front plus stop any traffic on tha Valley Road coming up from tha south.”

“Tha reason for this maneuver is therah ain’t any houses in the area these two companies will be traversing. So we don’t have to worry about any citizens blabbing to tha Yanks of our positions.”

“Now comes tha tricky part: I’m gonna send our last company to tha west of tha Valley Road to occupy tha hills to tha west of tha town of Gapland. They’ll hide in tha hills to tha west of tha town and stay out of sight until tha Yanks proceed thru tha town. Then they will ride down on the Yanks’ right flank. This will be tha signal for all four companies to hit tha Yanks. I don’t wanna have to take another town captive and this seems an easier way to complete our plan.”

“Well, Lieutenant, what do you think?”

Al and I looked at each other in amazement and then turned to look at the Major.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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