positions, made with his usual promptness, was received on the 19th, when I suggested to him that his distance from the Federal
army was too great for the object in view.
In the note acknowledging this, dispatched on the 21st, he wrote that he was about to move his headquarters to Woodstock
, twelve miles from the enemy's camp; and at half-past 6 A. M., on the 23d, at Strasburg
, he expressed the hope that he should be near Winchester
that afternoon; and at ten o'clock that night he wrote, in his brief manner, that he attacked the Federal
army at Kernstown
at 4 P. M. and was repulsed by it at dusk.
In his formal report, written on the 29th of April, he reported that his force on the field was three thousand and eighty-seven infantry, two hundred and ninety cavalry, and twenty-seven pieces of artillery.
He estimated that of the enemy at eleven thousand.
The Confederate loss was eighty killed, three hundred and forty-two wounded, and two hundred and thirty prisoners; he supposed that of the Federal
army to have been three times as great.
On the 24th and 25th he returned to Mount Jackson
In the Federal
report of this action, General Shields
's force is set down at seven thousand, and his loss at seven hundred and eighteen, that of the Confederate army at five hundred killed and a thousand wounded.
After remaining seven days in the positions to which they had marched from Manassas
, the troops crossed the Rapidan
and encamped between Orange Court-House
and the railroad-bridge.
's division, however, was left in its position near the Rappahannock
, with Stuart
's cavalry, in observation of