t daylight he sent three companies of infantry to reinforce Ashby and followed with his whole force.
He reached Kernstown at 2 P. M., after a march of fourteen miles.
Confederate Official Reports.
General Shields had made his dispositions to meet attack, by advancing Kimball's brigade of four regiments and Daum's artillery to the vicinity of Kernstown.
Sullivan's brigade of four regiments was posted in rear of Kimball, and Tyler's brigade of five regiments, with Broadhead's cavalry, was held in reserve.
Ashby kept up an active skirmish with the advance of Shields' force durng the forenoon.
But though thus making ready, the Federal generals did not expect an attack in earnest.
Shields says he had the country in front and flank carefully reconnoitred during the forenoon of the 23d of March, and the officer in charge reported no indications of any hostile force except that of Ashby.
Shields continues: I communicated this information to Major-General Bank