Imboden's Brigade in The Gettysburg Campaign by Steve French
Winner of the 2008 Bachelder-Coddinton Literary Award, the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table 2009 Book Award, and the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal. Imboden's Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign is the first and only highly=detailed study of the role of Brig. Gen. John D. Imboden's 1300-man Northwestern Virginia brigade as it ranges on the far-left flank of the Army of Northern Virginia as Lee moves north into Md. and Pa. The brigade is a true legion. Originally formed to operate in the mountains of W.Va. , it is made up of the 18th Va. Cav., the 62nd Va. infantry, and McClanahan's six-gun battery of horse artillery. Ordered by Lee to gather livestock and provisions for the army, Imboden's troops carry out their assignment very well gathering herds of cattle and horses and other supplies while raiding towns and farms in western Md. and southern Pa. Arriving at Gettysburg on July 3, just before Pickett's Charge, the brigade does not participate in the fight, Early the next morning, however, Lee assigns Imboden the task of bringing thousands of Confederate wounded back to Virginia. The next afternoon, Imboden starts his 17-mile-long "Wagon Train of Misery" off from Cashtown headed to the river crossing at Williamsport, Md. Over the next few days, the caravan in beset by torrential rain and attacks by Union cavalry. When the first wagons arrived at Williamsport, Imboden finds a flooded Potomac, Unable to cross, he immediately begins establishing a defensive line along a ridge about a half-mile from town.
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