the enemy's cutting us off from the ford at Front Royal, and though not required in action, was promptly in place.
Early's division, much jaded, was fifteen miles off near Winchester, and could not possibly reach me before the afternoon of the next day.
I had reason to believe that Meade's whole army was in our front, and having but two divisions to oppose him I decided to send Early up the Valley to Strasburg and New Market, while I marched the other two divisions up the Page valley to Luray, the route pursued by Jackson in 1862 in his campaign against Banks.
Johnson's and Rodes's divisions moved back two to four miles and encamped near Front Royal — the rear-guard, under Colonel Bradley T. Johnson, of Johnson's division, leaving Front Royal after 10 o'clock next day — the enemy making only a slight advance, which was driven back by a few rounds of artillery.
Rodes's division, the only troops of my corps that I saw during this affair, showed great eagerness and alacrity to m