the march down the valley, with orders to move on to the railroad connecting Baltimore
, burn the bridges over the Gunpowder
and Bush rivers
and then report to him in the neighborhood of Washington
, where he would be by the 14th.
accomplished the object of his expedition, burned the bridges, captured a passenger train on which was Major-General Franklin
of the Federal
army, who subsequently escaped during the night, and reported as per orders on the 4th, at Poolesville
, after burning the bridge at Cockeysville
, turned round and rode rapidly around north of Baltimore
When five miles from that city, it was reported to him that the home of Governor Bradford
, governor of Maryland
, was only a short distance down the road.
He at once detailed Lieutenant Blackstone
, Company B, First Maryland cavalry, with a detail of a few men and written orders to burn the house, in retaliation for the burning of the home of Governor Letcher
by General Hunter
within the preceding thirty days. Such debts require prompt pay. ment, and this was paid in thirty days without grace.
he had dispatched a friend into Baltimore
to find out the condition of the transportation on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, and he left two men at Hayfields, John Merryman's place, to bring him the report of his scout about midnight.
He stopped at the Caves, the place of John Canon, Esq.
, about midnight, to feed.
While there his couriers from Hayfields got up and reported that the Nineteenth corps, General Emory
, had arrived in transports and was at Locust Point
and was being landed on the trains of the Baltimore
and hurried to Washington
sent this information to Early
by an officer and five men, with orders to ride at speed, seizing horses as fast as theirs gave out. Thence he rode across Montgomery
and Howard counties
to Beltsville on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad to Washington
, where he struck a thousand Federal cavalry and drove them