finding that the Union commander covered the fords in force, he left Longstreet opposite these, to mask a turning movement by Jackson on Pope's right, by way of Warrenton.
Lee's Report: Reports of the Army of Northern Virginia, vol.
i., p. 19. Jackson accordingly ascended the Rappahannock by the south bank, and crossed the hea abandon the day before than to regain now.
Jackson continued to hold his vantage-ground upon the highlands northwest of Groveton; and as he now commanded the Warrenton road, by which Lee was moving to join him, and had intelligence that his chief was close at hand, he had ceased to fear the result of an encounter with Pope.
Jaetermined to remain and again try the issue of battle.
To utilize Porter's corps, he drew it over from the isolated position it had held the previous day to the Warrenton road, on which he pivoted, disposing his line in the form of a V reversed—Reynolds' command forming the left leg, and Porter, Sigel, and Reno the right, with Hei