by pushing Ewell
's corps from Culpeper
over the mountains to attack Milroy
' command was moved down the valley to make a junction with Ewell
, a few miles from Winchester
, three companies of the Second Maryland, under Major Goldsborough
, were out as skirmishers.
They soon struck the enemy and drove him steadily back into the town of Winchester
They passed the night half a mile from the town and before sunrise next morning the Marylanders charged into the town, but were withdrawn by order of Gen. John B. Gordon
, who had his brigade near them.
The next day was occupied in Ewell
's preparations to assault the fortifications around the town, into which Milroy
had collected his army, but at daylight next morning the Maryland
skirmishers entered the town and found everything had been evacuated during the night and Milroy
had marched out toward Harper's Ferry
, however, had prepared for that movement and captured almost his entire command, though Milroy
The loss of the Second Maryland in this affair was nine wounded and one captured.1
The curious part of this affair was that the Confederate Marylanders
for the two days were fighting their own friends and kinsmen, the Fifth Maryland Federal, in which Major Goldsborough
's brother was surgeon.
The major captured his own brother.
The regiment, the morning after the battle of Winchester
, was attached to the brigade of Gen. George H. Steuart
, former colonel of the First Maryland.
It was composed of Virginia
and North Carolina regiments, in Maj.-Gen. Edward John
son's division of Ewell
they marched with the army to Gettysburg
On the evening of the first of July, 1863, Johnson
's division being on the left of Ewell