attack on the Confederate batteries along the lower Potomac.
These indications of activity announced to General Johnston that the time had come for carrying out his plan, already determined upon, of retreating behind the Rappahannock.
On the 7th of March Johnston, began the withdrawal of his army, and by the 11th all the infantry and artillery east of the Blue Ridge had reached the new position.
Jackson meanwhile remained at Winchester, watching closely the advance of Banks, and doing what 0.
Jackson sent his stores, baggage and sick to the rear, but continued to hold his position at Winchester to the last moment.
Banks occupied Charlestown on 26th February, but only reached Stephenson's, four miles north of Winchester, on March 7th.
Here Jackson drew up his little force in line of battle to meet him, but the Federals withdrew without attacking.
The activity of Ashby, and the boldness with which Jackson maintained his position, impressed his adversary with greatly exagge