d also eight or ten prisoners of war, from whom, as well as from citizens, I learned that the large force alluded to had crossed but an hour ahead of me towards Cumberland, and consisted of six regiments of Ohio troops, and two batteries under General Cox, and were en route, via Cumberland, for the Kanawha.
I sent back this intelligence at once to the Commanding General.
Striking directly across the National Road, I proceeded in the direction of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, which point was reachine-shops and depot buildings of the railroad and several trains of loaded cars were entirely destroyed.
From Chambersburg I decided, after mature consideration, to strike for the vicinity of Leesburg as the best route of return, particularly as Cox's command would have rendered the direction of Cumberland, full of mountain gorges, exceedingly hazardous.
The route selected was through an open country.
Of course I left nothing undone to prevent the inhabitants from detecting my real route an