captured, but severely settled for by Colonel
The seven weeks spent at New Baltimore were improved by daily drills and tactical exercises.
It was here that Captain Wilson
obtained the young puppy that afterwards became a feature of Brigade Headquarters, and attached himself to General Upton
whenever he started out on any movement.
On the 15th of September the army advanced beyond Culpeper
to Stony Mountain
, and after several days, to Cedar Mountain
had retired behind the Rapidan
where he remained until the beginning of October.
On the 5th of October he began a movement to interpose his army between the Army of the Potomac and Washington
by crossing at Germania Ford and pushing on rapidly to Centerville
, the key to the old Bull Run
To counteract this movement Meade
maneuvered as if about to cross the river farther up. The Sixth Corps was ordered to build extensive fires as if a large force was concentrated at that point, but the corps was to be held in readiness to move at a moment's notice.
The next night the fires were rebuilt, but the corps moved rapidly toward Culpeper
, a force of cavalry being left to bring up the rear.
All night long the march was continued, and with only a short halt for breakfast, was continued to Rappahannock Station where at noon it crossed the river, and joined the rest of the army, advantageously posted for any attack that might be made upon it. The rear guard of cavalry was closely followed by a large force of the enemy.
But no attack was made and thus the first move in the strategic game was won by Meade
, however, turned the head of his army to the left and attempted to pass the right flank of the Union