and always-ready Jackson
, behind these covering low mountain ranges, the southwestward extensions of the Bull Run mountains
, without the knowledge of Pope
To accomplish this, Lee
adopted a series of novel advances.
were engaging the attention of Pope
along the Rappahannock
, north of the railroad, he moved Longstreet
from his right, by concealed roads, and placed him in Jackson
's rear, leaving the latter free to fall back after dark, giving place to Longstreet
, and march to a position farther up the river, but still holding on to Longstreet
This first exchange of positions was made during the night of the 21st, or rather the early morning of the 22d, and that day, preceded by cavalry, Jackson
reached the neighborhood of Warrenton Springs, where the great highway, from Culpeper Court House toward Washington
, crosses the Rappahannock
and goes on through Warrenton
During that day Longstreet
, by a vigorous contention with skirmishers and artillery, engaged Pope
's attention in his first position north of the Rappahannock
, and caused him to add to his force at Beverly ford, apprehending that Longstreet
was about to force a passage there and attack his center.
Detachments of Federal cavalry and infantry made dashes on Jackson
's line of-march from a detached column that Pope
was moving up the north bank of the river, to keep pace with whatever movement Lee
might be making to his left.
Especially was a bold dash made at Freeman's ford, about noon, as Jackson
's rear was passing that point.
His rear guard, under Trimble
, deployed and awaited the Federal
, with two of Longstreet
's brigades, came up about four in the afternoon, when Trimble
, aided by these, vigorously attacked the Federal
brigade which had crossed the river, and drove it back with slaughter and in confusion.
A third crossing, in pursuit of information, was made at Fant's ford, by cavalry, infantry and artillery, but these soon retired, having learned but little.
reached the river, opposite the Warrenton Springs
, and found the ford guarded, he at once began moving his troops to the other side, sending over the Thirteenth Georgia and two batteries, while Early
crossed, on an old mill dam, about a mile further down the river.
It began raining while these troops were crossing, and an afternoon of showers was followed by a