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fantry, to retain a powerful Federal force for the protection of the frontier of Maryland and Pennsylvania.
In several critical situations the Shenandoah column had, by vigorous demonstrations, paralNo sooner was this attempted, than Early was again across the border— his cavalry penetrating Pennsylvania as far as the town of Chambersburg, which they laid in ashes.
Upon this, the Sixth Corps, whand Baltimore, and the country adjacent, formed the Department of Washington; Eastern and Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland, the Department of the Susquehanna; Northwestern Virginia and WesteWestern Pennsylvania, the Department of West Virginia; and the region of the Shenandoah, and eastward to the Bull Run Mountains, the Middle Department.
These several military bailiwicks were under controln to take a real initiative, as defeat would lay open to the enemy the States of Maryland and Pennsylvania before another army could be interposed to check him. Finding, however, while on a personal v