with my small force.
The enemy in evacuating this place left almost all his baggage and a large supply of provisions, which fell into the hands of my men. From this place I proceeded, in obedience to instructions from General Early, down Patterson's creek, with the view of driving out the cattle, and for this purpose I sent Major Gilmer's and Captain McNeil's commands, under the command of the latter, into the Alleghany mountains, and placed one regiment in Mechanicsville Gap to prevent Averill, whom I expected from Martinsburg, from getting between me and General Early.
I then pressed down the creek to its mouth, at which place there was a guard of one company, which I captured, and I destroyed here the railroad bridges across Patterson's creek, the Potomac and canal.
I also destroyed one engine, all the property belonging to the road, the bridge for the pike across the canal, and one canal lock.
Learning that the enemy was in Romney in considerable force, and that he was st