Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Romney Abandoned by Northern Troops

On the march, a part of Jackson's troops were driven back by a Union force and two cannons were captured, but none the less the Federals abandoned Romney and left it for Jackson to occupy. Because of bad weather and the discouragement it caused his troops, Jackson decided to remain in Romney during the winter and not attempt an advance into Maryland. He wrote of the campaign:
God, who has so wonderfully blessed us during this war, had given great success to the efforts for protecting loyal citizens in their rights and recovering and holding territory in this district which had been overrun by the enemy. It is true that our success caused much exposure and suffering to the command. Several nights the troops had to bivouac, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, their tents not coming up on account of the bad condition of the roads, yet every command, except part of General Loring’s, bore up under these hardships with the fortitude becoming patriotic soldiers.


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