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ac without difficulty, when, moving around Harper's Ferry, through the gaps of the South Mountain, hHunter, who in the meantime had arrived at Harper's Ferry by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. From l's retreat to Martinsburg, and finally to Harper's Ferry. Crook's withdrawal restored to Early theble force without delay in the vicinity of Harper's Ferry, leaving only such railroad guards and gard, if by so doing time can be saved. From Harper's Ferry, if it is found that the enemy has moved n at Halltown, about four miles in front of Harper's Ferry, of all his force available for field serv, and these disposed of, I continued on to Harper's Ferry by the special train which had brought me wise disposing himself for defense. At Harper's Ferry I made my headquarters in the second storyng that my troops were massing in front of Harper's Ferry, Early lost not a moment in concentrating troops than this. Baltimore, Washington, Harper's Ferry, Hagerstown, Frederick, Cumberland, and a [1 more...]
able detail the events that took place prior to the 19th of September. My army marched from Harper's Ferry on the 10th of August, 1864, General Torbert with Merritt's division of cavalry moving in adough Front Royal toward Winchester could fall upon my rear and destroy my communication with Harper's Ferry, or, moving along the base of Massanutten Mountain, could attack my flank in conjunction witlry had joined him. I could see hut one such position, and that was at Halltown, in front of Harper's Ferry. Subsequent experience convinced me that there was no other really defensive line in the ShConfederate general meditated crossing his cavalry into Maryland, so I sent Wilson by way of Harper's Ferry to watch his movements from Boonesboroa, and at the same time directed Averell, who had repo to Summit Point, whence I could use him to protect my right flank and my communication with Harper's Ferry, while the cavalry threatened the enemy's right flank and line of retreat up the valley.
ton and Berryville, referred to in the last chapter of the preceding volume, I felt the need of an efficient body of scouts to collect information regarding the enemy, for the defective intelligence-establishment with which I started out from Harper's Ferry early in August had not proved satisfactory. I therefore began to organize my scouts on a system which I hoped would give better results than had the method hitherto pursued in the department, which was to employ on this service doubtful cite Hundred and Sixtieth New York, Non-veterans of Ninetieth New York attached. Lieutenant-Colonel John B. Van Petten. Forty-seventh Pennsylvania, Colonel Tilghman H. Good. Eighth Vermont, Colonel Stephen Thomas. Third brigade: [Detached at Harper's Ferry, and not engaged in the battle.] Colonel Leonard D. H. Currie. Thirtieth Maine, Non-veterans of Thirteenth and Fifteenth Maine temporarily attached. Captain George W. Randall. One Hundred and Thirty-third New York, Major Anthony J. Allai
e morning of the 20th. Between the date of his signal defeat and the 11th of November, the enemy's scattered forces had sufficiently reorganized to permit his again making a reconnoissance in the valley as far north as Cedar Creek, my army having meanwhile withdrawn to Kernstown, where it had been finally decided that a defensive line should be held to enable me to detach troops to General Grant, and where, by reconstructing the Winchester and Potomac railroad from Stephenson's depot to Harper's Ferry, any command might be more readily supplied. Early's reconnoissance north of Cedar Creek ended in a rapid withdrawal of his infantry after feeling my front, and with the usual ill-fortune to his cavalry; Merritt and Custer driving Rosser and Lomax with ease across Cedar Creek on the Middle and Back roads, while Powell's cavalry struck McCausland near Stony Point, and after capturing two pieces of artillery and about three hundred officers and men, chased him into the Luray Valley. E