this department was still further enlarged by taking in the department of Pennsylvania.
Once in full command of the twelve brigades, the five unattached regiments of infantry, and the numerous bodies of cavalry and artillery in his division, on the 5th of August McClellan
called upon his outposts for information concerning the Confederate forces in his front.
On the 25th of August a scout was sent into Virginia
from the Great Falls
, some 15 miles above Washington
, with which Stuart
had combat; on the 27th and 28th skirmishes took place at Bailey
's and Ball's cross roads with the scouting parties of that vigilant ‘eyes-and-ears’ of Johnston
's command, in the immediate vicinity of Washington
; and again on the 31st at Munson's hill, on the Leesburg turnpike
, and along the Little river
, or Fairfax turnpike, short distances from Alexandria
On the 2d of September a skirmish with Evans
' cavalry occurred near Harper's Ferry
; on the 4th, Stuart
, with five field guns, shelled McCall
's brigade at the Great Falls
of the Potomac
; on the 10th there was skirmishing at Lewinsville, a short distance beyond the northwestern fortifications of Washington
On September 3d General Beauregard
, in person, reconnoitered McClellan
's front from Munson
's and Mason
's hills, from which the Federal
camps, earthworks and outposts, and the cities of Washington
were plainly visible.
On the 11th of September, Brig.-Gen. W. F. Smith
, whose brigade was encamped at Chain bridge, just within the District of Columbia, sent Col. I. I. Stevens
, with some 2,000 Federal troops of all arms, to make a reconnoissance to Lewinsville, about 4 miles to the northwest, for the purpose of examining that important road center.
for a permanent Federal outpost, as it was not only held by the Confederates
but was uncomfortably near to Washington
That village was reached about 10 a. m.; scouts were sent out on the five roads there converging, and infantry and artillery were properly disposed to guard against an attack while the engineers examined the locality to determine upon the location of works of defense.
This done, at about 2 p. m., orders were given to return to camp, and the pickets were called in and the return march begun.
At noon of the same day, Col. J. E. B. Stuart
, of the