on the northeast side of the town, and to have some very ineffective heavy guns, on ship-carriages found there, mounted in them.
On the 2d, General Patterson
's army, which had been strongly reenforced, again crossed the Potomac
and marched toward Martinsburg
, driving before it the little body of cavalry that Stuart
was able to gather.
directed his brigade to retire, according to the instructions he had received; and with the rear-guard, composed of three hundred and eighty men of Colonel Harper
's (Fifth Virginia) regiment and a field-piece,1
joined with his little detachment, engaged the enemy's leading troops near Falling Waters
By taking a position in which the smallness of his force was concealed, he was able to keep the greatly superior Federal numbers in check for a considerable time, long enough for his object, the safety of his baggage, and retired only when his position was about to be turned.
He lost in this affair2
two men killed and six or eight wounded, and brought off forty-five prisoners, besides inflicting other loss; two brigades were engaged with this little rear-guard.3
On this intelligence, received at sunset, the army was ordered forward, and met Jackson
's brigade retiring, at Darksville
, six or seven miles from Martinsburg
, soon after daybreak.
We bivouacked there in order of battle, as the Federal
army was supposed to be advancing to attack us. We waited in this position four days, expecting to be attacked, because we