r movements of Jackson's 3,000 and the imaginary reinforcements with which they supplied him. This battle too, no doubt, decided the question of the detachment of Blenker's division of 10,000 men from McClellan, and its transfer to Fremont, recently placed in command of the Mountain Department, which embraced West Virginia.
While en route from Alexandria to join Fremont, Blenker's division was to report to Banks, and remain with him as long as he thought any attack from Jackson impending.
McClellan's report. A few days later, the sensitiveness of the Federal Government to the danger of Washington, excited anew by Jackson's movements, led to the detachmenan open meadow and rivulet in front.
On a parallel ridge beyond the rivulet Fremont took position.
The Federal general first moved forward his left, composed of Blenker's Germans, to the attack.
They were met by General Trimble, one of Ewell's brigadiers, with three regiments of his brigade.
Trimble coolly withheld his fire unt