should, on the morning of the 28th, march rapidly on Manassas Junction
spoiled this third plan of concentration for his capture, by not waiting for Pope
at Manassas Junction
; for on the night of the 27th he set fire to the stores at Manassas
that his men had not appropriated and his wagons could not carry away, and hastened to the appointed place for meeting Lee
, but by ways that completely baffled his over-confident adversary.
's division, with the trains, was sent northward, by the direct road to Sudley church, with orders to occupy the forest covered position behind the unfinished Gainesville
& Alexandria railroad, with which Jackson
was thoroughly familiar from having encamped in that region after the First Bull Run
A. P. Hill
was sent northeastward, by the highway across Bull run
, to Centreville
on the great road leading to Washington
, and Ewell
was left to follow after him in the same direction.
could not find his way, even with the aid of lighted candles, through the darkness of this night, from Warrenton Junction to Manassas
; but Jackson
's men, somehow, found the way to their ordered destinations.
, on the morning of the 28th, took the big road from Centreville
westward, marched across Bull run
and took position, on Taliaferro
's left, near Sudley church.
, who had encamped the night before on the south side of Bull run
, at Blackburn's ford, crossed over, and marching up that stream to the stone bridge, followed after Hill
and took position on his right, Taliaferro
moving still farther to the right in the direction of Gainesville
; so that by the middle of the day Jackson
was concentrated in a strong position, the one the Federals
had first occupied at the first battle of Bull Run
, looking down upon the stream valley of Young's branch
along which ran the Warrenton and Alexandria turnpike
, his guns in place and his troops ready for action.
That same noonday, Pope
, having reached Manassas Junction
, was still seeking for Jackson
The movement of Hill
, the threatening of Washington
by Fitz Lee
and his horsemen at Fairfax Court House and Burke
's station, meant, Pope
knew not what, but he proceeded to issue a third order for concentration.
and Manassas Junction
had failed him, and now, thinking he was after a defeated and retreating foe,