from the effects of the miasmatic swamps of the low country in the great wild blackberry patches loaded with ripened fruit.
himself pitched his camp far up on the western slope of the mountain range, whence he overlooked the terrace occupied by Pope
, and could study from afar its peculiar topography, at the same time urging to tense activity in the study of the country and in the preparation of campaign maps his topographical engineers, who had again joined him. His cavalry held the line of the Rapidan
up to the mouth of the Robertson
, and then along that river toward the Blue ridge
, communicating with the Confederate cavalry beyond, that still guarded the upper Shenandoah valley.
The Federal cavalry picketed to these rivers on their northern sides.
had no misgivings about intrusting the care of Pope
Writing to him, after sending Hill
to his aid, he says: ‘Relying upon your judgment, courage and discretion, and trusting to the continued blessing, of an ever-kind Providence
, I hope for victory’—words and sentiments that found a responsive echo in the soul of his twin brother in the art of war.
Watching, through his cavalry, his scouts and his spies, for a coveted opportunity to meet his arrogant adversary, whom he constantly deceived by his own marchings and countermarchings (one of them 10 miles to the rear of Gordonsville
to cover the coming of A. P. Hill
to his army), Jackson
soon found it when Pope
moved forward to Culpeper Court House, and sent a portion of his command on the road leading to Orange Court House
, but leaving parts of it strung all along the way, back for many miles, to Sperryville
, at the foot of the Blue ridge
, where a whole division under Sigel
still tarried in camp.
's strategic force on the 7th of August was 36,500 men; but his tactic force, within easy reach of Jackson
, was but a part of this number, and Jackson
knew it. This partial force was the 8,000 men under Banks
, an old Valley acquaintance of Jackson
's army, in an advanced camp across the Rapidan
' division, of about 10,000, was nearer to Culpeper Court House, but Sigel
was far away at Sperryville
Late in the day of the 7th of August, Jackson
moved his men, by concealed roads, to the vicinity of the Rapidan
, where they slept on their arms and were ready to