61, and the reader has already been told of the battle of Kernstown, which he fought there on Mar. 23, ‘62.
After that battle he had fallen back with his division, about 8000 strong, to Swift Run Gap.
Ewell, with about as many more, was at Gordonsville, and Edward Johnson, with about 3000, was near Staunton.
The Federals had made in West Virginia two separate departments.
That of the Shenandoah, under Banks, included the Valley in which Banks had, in April, about 19,000 men near Harrisonrce possible for Jackson to have collected, could accomplish any serious results, and remonstrated, and begged in vain, to be allowed to carry out his projected march upon Richmond.
When this was refused, he suggested that he be directed upon Gordonsville, but this too was overruled, and Shields and Ord were directed to march upon Strasburg, toward which point also Fremont was approaching.
Meanwhile, Jackson, having gone into camp about noon on Sunday, the 25th, when his infantry and artille