Gregg takes possession of Shepherdstown after a skirmish with the Twelfth Virginia, detached on that side by Jones, in which the colonel of that regiment is taken prisoner, and establishes himself in the village.
But the following day Huey, delayed in his march, has not arrived.
Gregg awaits him, and during that time Stuart, being forewarned, commences an attack upon him. He orders Jenkins, who is at Martinsburg, to advance on the left, while he is bringing from Bunker Hill Fitzhugh Lee's and Chambliss' brigades by the direct road to Shepherdstown.
Jones, if possible, will have to support this attack on the right.
At the moment of marching Stuart is called to Headquarters, but Fitzhugh Lee, in his place, gives the order of departure.
Three or four Confederate brigades, therefore, are going to be united against a single Union brigade.
For the latter the danger is great, but it is saved by the coolness of its chief, and, it must be said, by the desire of Fitzhugh