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November 2, 1862: Snickers Gap

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Diary Entry:

This day we had a heavy march. We left the Leesburg road yesterday and to day after marching through the fields and over stone fences, and up the mountain side we gained “Snickers Gap.” the Rebs were pushing on to the Gap from the other side of the mountain. We were one hour ahead of them. Our Regt. moved up the mountain on the left of the Gap, and remained there until sundown. Petitts Battery gave the Rebel colume [sic] a few shots and sent them back double-quick. At sundown our Corps was relieved by Porters, and we descended to the valley again where we got some rest.

See the scanned diary pages 36 and 37 and a map of Cyrus’ progress through the war.

More Information:

Cyrus and Second Delaware were engaged in a skirmish at Snickers Gap midway between Leesburg and Winchester, Virginia. A correspondent with the First Delaware, who were also marching southward through Virginia wrote the following description of Snicker’s Gap:

We were in line again early this morning and marched through Snickerville, and were ordered to ascend the ridge in front of us and hold the gap. Accordingly we ascended the ridge and were posted where we could watch the enemy who might be disposed to make a break upon our lines. From this elevation we had a view of an artillery fight which was in progress to the left of us in the valley. We were relieved this evening and sent back to rejoin our brigade which was in the rear. And after a large amount of marching and countermarching we discover that we are somewhat tired, and hunger was another sensation, for we didn’t find much to eat in our elevated position. To-night our wagons have come up and rations have been issued with reference to a pretty extended trip.

Thus far we have been on the advance. What our position will be to-morrow, we cannot say, but that we will have a chance to participate in some very important movements is probable, for everything points to an early and desperate engagement. The grand army is around, posted on the hills, and bivouacking on the levels; troops are moving to and fro. As we were descending the mountain to-night, on one side of us we could see the camp fires of the rebels, and on the other, those of our own army, forming a brilliant picture, and it is obvious that there must soon be some clashing.

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