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orders were not obeyed, and on the thirteenth Winchester was attacked, and its armament and a part of the garrison captured. Lee now crossed the Potomac near Williamsport, and directed his march upon Harrisburgh. General Hooker followed on his right flank, covering Washington and Baltimore. On reaching Frederick, Md., on the tin pursuit of Lee by a flank movement upon Middletown. In the mean time General French had reoccupied Harper's Ferry, destroyed the enemy's pontoon train at Williamsport and Falling Waters, and captured its guards. Halting a day at Middletown, General Meade crossed the South-Mountain, and on the twelfth found the enemy occupying a strong position on the heights of Marsh Run, in front of Williamsport. Instead of attacking Lee in this position, with the swollen waters of the Potomac in his rear, without any means of crossing his artillery, and where a defeat must have caused the surrender of his entire army, he was allowed to construct a pontoon bridge
t ran without firing, until they had gotten a position on a hill-side, flanked by an impassable ditch, and here they made quite a stubborn resistance for a while. That same evening General Chambliss went up the creek a short distance, and, having invested a stockade fort of the enemy, garrisoned with twenty men, obtained its surrender. The next morning we proceeded down the valley of Patterson's Creek, collecting all the cattle and horses that could be found — the Yankee garrison at Williamsport having set fire to their fort and escaped to the mountains when we approached. The next day we invested Burlington, where the Yankees had constructed a fort impregnable to an enemy armed with merely small arms. Here again they set fire to their fort and took to the woods. We succeeded, however, in capturing fifteen or twenty of them. General Lee then sent his cattle and disabled men toward Romney, and with the rest of his command, now reduced to little over four hundred men, pro
finding his ammunition exhausted, and his subsistence imperilled, decided to withdraw, and he began his retreat toward Williamsport, with four thousand of our prisoners, and all his immense trains. On the morning of the fifth, this event became knowin succoring the wounded and burying the dead. The enemy made good use of all this precious time in pushing on toward Williamsport as rapidly as possible; and it was fortunate for them that detachments were not detailed for these solemn and affectinotomac, but his army never. The trains, with the wounded and prisoners, says Lee's report, were compelled to await at Williamsport (about the eighth of July) the subsiding of the river and the construction of boats. . . The enemy had not yet made hieade, it was ascertained he (the enemy) had retired the night previous by the bridge at Falling Waters and the ford at Williamsport. In striking confirmation of the sketch now given of this important battle, it may be interesting to quote a few br