to look upon the noted cavalry captain of Virginia
was conducted to the Federal
officer in command, and on hearing his refusal to surrender returned and reported to General Jackson
In a few minutes McLaughlin
's Confederate artillery drove the enemy out of Hancock
Thus far the expedition had attained success nearly equal to Jackson
The only reverse had been experienced by Monroe
's militia, which encountered superior forces of the enemy at Hanging Rock
, January 7th. Six days had passed since leaving Winchester
, during which time the intrepid soldiers had endured great hardships from long marches in the severe cold over rough roads, but on the 7th they were again on the march against Romney
, which was reached on the 10th and occupied.
The Federals in a panic had fled from the town, abandoning to the Confederates
a quantity of tents and supplies.
's command was now put into winter quarters near Romney
, while Jackson
returned to Winchester
and made his report of the expedition, showing his loss in killed only 4 and wounded 28; and describing the general result of the brief affair, he says: ‘Shepherdstown
protected from shelling, the railroad communication with Hancock
broken, all that portion of the country east of the great Cacapon
and a large part of Hampshire county
evacuated by the enemy without firing a gun; the enemy had fled from the western part of Hardy
and been forced from the offensive to the defensive.’
It was Jackson
's design to advance from Romney
on an important expedition, but the enterprise was abandoned temporarily with the view of further aggressive operations in a different direction.
He had disposed his forces so as to protect the territory which had been reclaimed.
The regiments of Cols. A. Monroe
, E. H. Mc-Donald
and W. H. Harness
were assigned to the region of their homes; Colonel Johnson
's regiment was with Harness in Hardy
, and three companies of cavalry were left