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een ordered by telegraph to move to Franklin and Harrisonburg to relieve General Banks and capture or destroy . The estimated force of General Fremont when at Harrisonburg was twenty thousand. General Jackson had capturekson. On the morning of the 5th Jackson reached Harrisonburg, and, passing beyond that town, turned toward the others. General Ashby was in position between Harrisonburg and Port Republic, and, after the cavalry combater was a wooden bridge, connecting the town with Harrisonburg. Over the South River there was a ford. Jacksoe four miles distant, near the road leading from Harrisonburg to Port Republic. General Fremont had arrived with his forces in the vicinity of Harrisonburg, and General Shields was moving up the east side of the Shenandoand men. General Banks had advanced and occupied Harrisonburg, about fifteen miles from Jackson's position. Ft to join Fremont. Jackson then returned toward Harrisonburg, having ordered Ewell to join him for an attack
ment to put Pegram's brigades into line successively to the left produced some confusion, when the enemy advanced along his entire line, and after a brief contest our force retired in disorder. We fell back to a place called Narrow Passage, all the trains being removed in safety. Some skirmishing ensued as we withdrew up the Valley, but without important result. On October 1st our force was in position between Mount Sidney and North River, and the enemy's had been concentrated around Harrisonburg and on the north bank of the river. On the 5th we were reenforced by General Rosser with six hundred mounted men, and Kershaw's division, numbering twenty-seven hundred muskets, with a battalion of artillery. On the morning of the 6th it was discovered that the foe had retired down the Valley. General Early then moved forward and arrived at New Market with his infantry on the 7th. Rosser pushed forward on the back and middle roads in pursuit of the cavalry, which was engaged in burning