TITLE

The 'Nighthawk Rangers' of the 17th Virginia Cavalry lost their banner after the Battle of Monocacy

PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
America's Civil War;Jul2004, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A detachment of Captain James S. Alexander Crawford's company of the 17th Virginia Cavalry, nicknamed the" Nighthawk Rangers," went on a clandestine mission, in the fall of 1862, within occupied federal territory in the part of western Virginia. The fight at Urbana erupted after the 17th Virginia Cavalry and the rest of Brig. Gen. John McCausland's brigade of Old Dominion cavalrymen had suffered heavy losses fighting Union infantry. The Rebel troopers had moved south out of Frederick, crossed the Monocacy River in Maryland, dismounted and pushed against the left front, thinking they were facing green troops. Instead, they found the veterans of the VI Corps in their path, and the battle-seasoned soldiers repeatedly thwarted the Confederates' efforts.
ACCESSION #
12986222

 

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