's movement had accomplished Lee
's object in ordering it. It deranged and temporarily broke up Mc-Clellan's campaign on Richmond
It was plain that no grand strategy could be carried out with such an erratic, eccentric, unaccountable, uncontrollable character as Stonewall interfering, intercepting, and meddling all the time.
was at Charlestown
, Harry Gilmor
, the most daring of scouts, operating in Hardy county
west of the Alleghanies
, reported to him that Fremont
with a large army was moving rapidly south, with the evident intention of cutting him off at Strasburg
Scouts from east of the Blue Ridge
kept him fully advised of the movements of Shields
, who was hurrying by forced marches to Front Royal
. Front Royal
is about twelve miles from Strasburg
Through this gap between Fremont
was to make his escape.
He had five thousand prisoners and three thousand captured wagons, making a column ten miles long.
He pushed his spoils ahead, and when he reached Strasburg Fremont
was three miles to his right and Shields
twelve miles to his left at Front Royal
In fact, Shields
' cavalry was on the road parallel to the pike and only three miles distant. Jackson
hurried Charles Winder
and the Stonewall brigade up to meet Fremont
sent orders to Colonel Johnson
that if charged by cavalry he must take to the fences on the sides of the pike.
rear guard covered that critical movement and were the last to cross the burning bridges.
Clear of his flanking enemies, with all of them behind him, Jackson
stretched himself up the valley in a seventy-mile race, Fremont
closing in behind, and Shields
pushing up the Luray
, or Page valley
on the east, parallel to Jackson
's line of march.
If the two Federal armies could out-march Jackson
and throw themselves across the Confederate
must be ground up between Fremont
with forty thousand men and Shields
with eight thousand.