VIDEO: The Home Front in Jefferson County Then-VA, fall, 1862 by Jim Surkamp
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VIDEO: The Home Front in Jefferson County Then-Virginia, September-October, 1862 Click Here. TRT: 12:07
Transcript of Video:
(Music from Stephen Foster's "Hard Times,Come Again No More" played and performed by Terry Tucker)
Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears, while we all sup sorrow with the poor. There's a song that will linger forever in our ears: "Oh! hard times, come again no more."
The first in this series of short videos described the perilous time for Confederate cavalryman J.E.B. Stuart and his men at a seldom used river crossing. The second video of the series covered from September 22nd thru September 28, 1862 in Jefferson County, then-Virginia from the viewpoints of Heros Von Borck and George Neese, two Confederate cavalryman, and Charles Fuller, a private from upstate New York who was on picket near Harper's Ferry. This, the third of the series, covers the Jefferson County home front through September-October, 1862, a brief, complex time, characterized by local soldiers grabbing a quick visit home, continued care for wounded in churches, homes, and barns for roughly 7,000 wounded men all across the county and region, the destruction of railroads by Confederates, intermittent Federal incursions into the County, that were met with counter-attacks by the Confederate cavalry pickets. When there was peace, it was readily embraced and enjoyed by all. As Cavalryman and County native, John Opie wrote: "To say that the soldiers enjoyed this long period of rest during the delightful fall of 1862, after the arduous campaign through which we had passed, hardly expresses it."
The Antietam/Sharpsburg battle left about 7,000 men strewn across the County desperately needing care.