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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Maryland campaign. (search)
The Maryland campaign. Stuart's cavalry crossed the Potomac on the 5th of September; Fitz Lee moving on the New Market, Hampton on Hoyattstown roads, while Munford covered Sugar Loaf mountain, with his pickets extended as far as Poolesville. The 6th regiment had been detached, and the 17th battalion sent on some special duty; so that Munford had only three regiments, the 7th, 12th and 2d. On the 7th of September, Pleasanton's cavalry drove in Munford's pickets, and on the next day attaeked his command with superior numbers, driving the 12th regiment before them in some confusion. The sharp shooters of the 2d regiment checked this advance near Barnesville. On the following day, the 9th of September, occurred the fight at Monocacy Church, in which the 7th again suffered loss. On the 10th Pleasanton attacked Munford on Sugar Loaf Mountain, but was repulsed; on the 14th Franklin's corps advanced in force, and Munford retired to a point near Frederick. The critical situation of t