d to make a stand against what he believed to be a mere incursion of the enemy's cavalry.
McReynolds was recalled from Berryville; his two other brigades advanced south of Winchester and took position—that of General Elliott on the right, and Colonel Ely's brigade on the left—on the battlefield of Kernstown: being obliged to leave a portion of their effective force in the forts, these troops did not number altogether more than five thousand men. Notwithstanding their numerical weakness, they m stream, occupied Bower's Hill in great force.
Night was approaching; Early's soldiers, who had marched nearly seventy-five miles in three days, were fatigued, and did not molest them in this new position.
On their right, Johnson encountered Colonel Ely's line about two miles and a half from Winchester, and after a brisk engagement drove it slowly before him.
One may form an idea of the astonishment of Milroy and his officers on finding themselves attacked by such forces: the mystery was s