In this exposed condition things remained for several hours, when it was discovered by Colonel Charles Marshall
, the vigilant aide-de-camp of General Lee
About midnight, with consternation, he aroused Lieutenant Payne
, and communicated the fact to him, and that the nearest brigade was a mile distant.
With his whole force, all the roads in the direction of the enemy were picketed; but, fortunately, the enemy were not apprised of the General
's exposed position, and the night passed without alarm.
The next day, just before the head of the column arrived at Salem
, information was brought to General Lee
that a body of the enemy's cavalry were approaching that place.
, with his small detachment, was thrown forward to reconnoitre, for the rest of Stuart
's cavalry were with Jackson
He dashed into the village, but was soon driven out by overwhelming numbers, and he endeavored, but without success, to entice them into an ambuscade prepared for them by General Longstreet
During the skirmishing which took place with the Federal
cavalry, several prisoners were captured, from whom information was gained that Lieutenant Payne
had struck Buford
's Brigade of Federal cavalry, who, having captured some of Jackson
's stragglers, had heard from them, for the first time, of his. movement.
The next day General Lee
reached Thoroughfare gap, but did not succeed in forcing a passage through it till late in the evening.
During the entire day he was uneasy for Jackson
's safety, and, in the evening, requested Lieutenant Payne
to send him a soldier who was acquainted with the passes of Bull Run mountains
The man was stripped of all the indicia of a soldier, and, dressed in the garb of a countryman, was mounted on a lame horse and a wagon saddle.
Thus equipped, he was started with a dispatch for Jackson
, concealed on his person, and was directed, at every hazard, and with all celerity, to deliver it.
directed Lieutenant Payne
to make a reconnoissance to the rear of the force opposing him at Thoroughfare gap, and report without delay.
Taking with him a party of five or six trusty men, the gallant officer made a detour to the right, and succeeded in reaching the turnpike, which connects Warrenton
, near New Baltimore, about nine o'clock at night.
From that point, he proceeded down the turnpike, and, mixing with the enemy, discovered that they were retiring rapidly toward Gainesville
This highly important information he quickly communicated to the Confederate
general, at the residence of Colonel Robert Beverly
The next day, about noon, in advance of Longstreet
's march, this detachment of the Black Horse