So he left Hampton
to ride his raid and was busily engaged near Gordonsville
shoeing his horses and getting up his disunited men.
One day General Early
came along with his corps to head off Hunter
, then rapidly approaching Lynchburg
felt himself bound to disclose to General Early
his projected raid, for he would unexpectedly be operating within the sphere of Early
's movements, and the latter promptly prohibited it. ‘I want to make that expedition myself, and I want you and your cavalry to assist me in it. You go to Waynesboro
in the valley and watch there, guarding my rear until I dispose of Mr. Hunter
As soon as I've smashed his little tea party, I'll come back and we'll go into Maryland
together and see what we can do.’
So instead of ‘riding his raid’ Johnson
marched to Waynesboro
and waited with what patience nature had given him until Early
's corps had returned to Staunton
assigned him to the command of Wm. E. Jones
' cavalry brigade, Jones
having been killed at New Hope church below Staunton
's advance up the valley.
The First Maryland cavalry and the Baltimore light artillery were added to the command.
In a few days Colonel Johnson
received his commission of brigadier-general.
He made Capt. George W. Booth assistant adjutant-general
of brigade, Booth
having been his adjutant with the First Maryland infantry and with the Maryland
Line at Hanover Junction
, and for gallantry, for intelligence, for industry, for zeal, for self control and cool courage being unexcelled by any man high or low in the army of Northern Virginia.
, in charge of the advance, moved rapidly through Winchester
, marching on Shepherdstown
, south of Martinsburg
and northwest of Harper's Ferry
, he encountered General Mulligan
with 3,000 infantry and a six-gun battery to stop him. He promptly attacked Mulligan
, and after more than half a