and over the site of the village of log huts where we tarried two days in the spring of 1862, when we came out with Gen. McDowell
, previous to the organization of the Sixth Corps; crossed Broad Run
at a point near where we had bivouacked in storm and sleet, fifteen months ago, and took position at Bristow Station, facing to the west.
Here where the railroad embankment on the plain made an effective defensive field work, lay, four days, the infantry and artillery of our division.
The cavalry vedettes of this section ranged along a line drawn through points perhaps three miles to the south and west of our position, and between it and our outposts was the infantry picket line.
Cavalry was actively scouring the region in our front and on our left flanks.
In the meanwhile Ewell
, on the 21st, had invaded the narrow portion of Maryland
north of Williamsport
; a few hours' march will take his division into Pennsylvania
On the 22d a large part of the force yet in the valley move rapidly after Ewell
These are now known to have been the troops of Longstreet
; they cross upon the 24th and 25th.
Now the Federal
columns are moving toward the crossing at Edwards' Ferry.
The Sixth Corps reaches the vicinity of the ferry, the evening of the 26th.
A large part of the army and the general commanding are already in Maryland
We cross on the 27th, and on this day Gen. Hooker
was in Frederick
To arrive at an approximate notion of the relative situation and strength of the two armies at this moment, let the reader picture in his mind the map of western Maryland
, or spread before his eye an actual map of that region.
in Cumberland Valley
, with Longstreet
, had reached this place about the same time that Hooker
came into Frederick
Early was thirty miles east and Ewell
about thirty miles west of the main body of their army.
as a centre, the Federal
corps lay east, south, and northeast, all within twenty miles of that town, except that a considerable cavalry force, commanded by Gen. Buford
, which had been following the track of Lee
, was yet in Cumberland Valley
over the mountains from Frederick
According to the estimate of Gen. Humphreys
had at this moment 85,000 infantry, 8,000 cavalry, and a due proportion of artillery, though De Peyster
says ‘this is a low estimate,’ and that