On October 3d, 300 infantry, of the Twenty-sixth New York, were ordered to fall upon a body of Confederate cavalry at Pohick church, 12 miles from Alexandria
, and capture them.
Instead of obeying orders, this force, as soon as it got beyond the Federal
pickets, as General Slocum
reported, ‘was converted into a band of marauders, who plundered alike friend and foe.’
The same day an expedition to Springfield Station
drove away the Confederate
pickets and brought away 32 carloads of wood and ties.
On the 4th Gen. N. G. Evans
tried his artillery on the Federal
battery on the Maryland
shore near Edwards
' ferry, to which reply was made.
On the 15th a small body of Confederate cavalry attacked and routed the Federal
picket near Padgett
's tavern, on the Little river
On October 16th, Col. Turner Ashby
, who held the front of Harper's Ferry
, determined to punish the Federal
forces that had for several days been making incursions into Virginia
, seizing wheat and committing other depredations, their larger force enabling them to push back his smaller one as they advanced.
had in his command some 300 militia, armed with flint-lock muskets, and two companies of cavalry.
He asked General Evans
to co-operate with him from Leesburg
by sending a force to Loudoun heights
, which could prevent the sending of Federal reinforcements across the Potomac
, and could drive the enemy from the shelter of the houses at Harper's Ferry
was reinforced, on the 15th, by two more companies of McDonald
's Virginia cavalry, Captain Wingfield
's, mounted and armed with minie rifles, and Captain Miller
's company, about 30 mounted and the rest on foot, armed with flint-lock guns.
He also had a rifled 4-pounder, and a badly mounted 24-pounder, which broke down during the engagement and which he had to spike and abandon.
His force, on the morning of the 16th, was 300 militia, parts of two regiments commanded by Colonel Albert
and Major Finter
of Page; 180 of McDonald
's cavalry, Captain Henderson
's men, under command of Lieutenant Glynn
; Captain Baylor
's mounted militia, about 25 men, and Captain Hess
', also about 25 men. Captain Avirett
had charge of the rifle gun and Captain Cornfield
of the 24-pounder.
attacked in three divisions, drove the enemy