On Friday the footsore and weary Confederates went into camp at different points along the five miles of road that intervened between Port Royal
and Cross Keys
, the latter a point half way between the former village and Martinsburg
The skirmish on that day, in which Fremont
's cavalry was severely punished, is memorable because in it fell Turner Ashby
, the generous, the chivalric, the high-toned knight-who, as commander of his horse, had so faithfully and gloriously contributed to Jackson
The next day was given to rest, and sorrow for the loss of Ashby
replaced all other feelings for the time.
But brief the time for sorrow.
War gives much space to the grand emotions that lead to heroic doing or heroic bearing, but is niggardly in its allowance to the softer feelings of sadness and grief.
is borne away to his burial, all thoughts turn (once more) to the impending strife.
He had been emboldened by the retreat of the Confederates
, and failing to comprehend the object of Jackson
's movements, pushed on to seize the prey which he deemed to be now within his grasp.
His troops were all up by Saturday night, and his dispositions were made for attack on Sunday morning, June 8th.
But, though Fremont
was thus close at hand, while Shields
, detained by bad roads with his main body, was yet twelve or fifteen miles off on the east side of the river, yet the opening of the battle on Sunday, June 8th, was made by a dash of Shields
' cavalry, under Colonel Carroll
, into Port Republic
They had been sent on a day's march in advance, and meeting but a small force of Confederate cavalry, had driven them pell-mell into Port Republic
, dashed across South
river after them, seized and, for a few minutes, held the bridge over the larger stream.
had just passed through the village as they entered it. Riding rapidly to the nearest infantry regiment north of the bridge, he put himself at the head of it, quickly retook the bridge, captured two cannon, and drove these adventurous horsemen back.
They retired two or three miles with their infantry supports, and, as the bluffs on the west side of the river commanded the roads along the east side, a battery or two kept them inactive for the remainder of the day. It was at this time that Shields
, from Luray
, was dispatching Fremont