none were available for the purpose but those that had been procured for the troops, and were absolutely necessary for the march.
Therefore they were provided for in Winchester
, comfortably and quickly.
The brigades (militia) of Generals Carson
were left to defend the place and district, for which their strength was quite sufficient; for it could scarcely be doubted that General Patterson
would follow the movement to Manassas Junction
with his main force, at least, as soon as he discovered it. To delay this discovery as long as possible, Colonel Stuart
was instructed to establish as perfect a cordon as his regiment could make, and as near the Federal
army as practicable, to prevent access to it from the side of Winchester
, and to maintain it until night; then to follow the army through Ashby's Gap.