CHAPTER 14 – The War Storm Breaks by Jim Surkamp.

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Spring at the Barbizon Jean-François Millet – 1868
Colonel James W. Allen, 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment [portrait]
Description Portrait of Confederate Army Col. James W. Allen, VMI Class of 1849, as he looked at the beginning of the Civil War. He was killed in battle at Gaines Mill on June 27, 1862. The original painting, by William D. Washington, is owned by VMI.
[portrait date ca. 1869] Collection VMI Archives Photographs Collection Photo Number 0003850
Turner Ashby
Handley Regional Library – Winchester, Va.
Accession number: 26-169 wfchs
Collection: John Walter Wayland Papers
Description: Turner Ashby (1824-1862) in civilian dress, circa 1860. Reproduced on page 36 of Stonewall Jackson’s Way. Date: c 1860
Topographic Map of Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan Counties –
The rendez-vous of the Virginians at Halltown, Virginia 5 PM on April 18m 1862 to march on Harper’s Ferry (sketched by D.H. Strother) Halltown Harpers Weekly May 11, 1861 p. 292.

As they moved in the direction of Harper’s Ferry to capture the United States arsenal there with its muskets and equipment, they heard a roar and saw a huge glow from the little town in the ravine. The arsenal was preemptively blown up.

Harper’s Ferry, W. Va. View of town; railroad bridge in ruins]
Summary: Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of Antietam, September-October 1862. Contributor Names: Bostwick, C. O., photographer
Created / Published Between 1860 and 1865]
Harper’s Ferry by moonlight / G. Perkins ; R. Hinshelwood.
Creator(s): Hinshelwood, Robert, 1812-, engraver
Roger Jones Lt. Jones, the armory’s commander, ordered its contents and the building destroyed by dynamite to prevent the attackers from getting the arms and equipment. They were able to salvage some very important, state-of-the-art-equipment.
Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park (

The great experiment which the pure and wise of all nations are watching with trembling solicitude and imperishable hope. It was something to belong to such a nationality. This was yesterday.

Augustus Mitchell. (1861). “Mitchell’s new general atlas containing maps of the various countries of the world, plans of cities, etc. Embraced in forty?seven quarto maps, forming a series of seventy?six maps and plans, together with valuable statistical tables.” Philadelphia : Published by S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. p. 8 – Map of the United States and Territories.
David Hunter Strother – The Library of Congress These comments by Strother appear in Strother, David H. “Personal Recollections of the Civil War.” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. New York, NY: Harper and Bros. Volume 33, Issue: 193, June, 1866 p. 16

To-day, what am I? A citizen of Virginia. Virginia, a petty commonwealth with scarcely a million of white inhabitants. What could she ever hope to be but a worthless fragment of the broken vase? A fallen and splintered column of the once glorious temple. But I will not dwell longer on the humiliating contrast.

Strother, David Hunter; At Hancock Depot Aug 1st 1857 (W1995.030.387pg26c)
West Virginia and Regional History Collection

“Come harness up the buggy and let us get out of this or I shall suffocate. On our way to Charles Town we met great numbers of persons afoot, on horseback, and on wheels, hurrying to the scene of excitement.

Strother, David H. “Personal Recollections of the Civil War.” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. New York, NY: Harper and Bros. Volume 33, Issue: 193, June, 1866. Print. p. 1 – knights and statue. (The Two-faced Shield)

Some attracted simply by curiosity, others armed and demonstrative, eager to claim a share of the glory after the danger was over.”

Strother, David H., “Personal Recollections of the Civil War.” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. New York, NY: Harper and Bros. Volume 34, Issue: 202, March, 1867.
p. 448 – lowering the flag