's army now disposed of and sent in disastrous defeat through the mountains to the Kanawha
, and the Valley of Virginia
now cleared of the enemy, Early
started on June 23d, by easy marches, for Staunton
, whither he had been ordered by Lee
, there to await further instructions.
He encamped the night of the 23d at Buchanan
, and that of the 24th at Buffalo creek
On the 25th, reaching Lexington
, he divided his command; one portion followed the Middlebrook
road and encamped at Brownsburg
, and the other the Greenville
road and encamped at Midway
, both of these roads leading to Staunton
A portion of the army marched to Middlebrook
on the 25th.
's cavalry had proceeded from Fincastle
across to Clifton Forge
, to intercept a possible turning of Hunter
to the eastward, and thence, by way of Lucy Salina furnace, across the North
mountain, and encamped at Collierstown
on the 24th, then had marched to Middlebrook
for the night of the 25th, thus covering widely the flank and front of the infantry movement against any possible attack by a force of the enemy coming in by any of the great highways leading from the west to Early
's line of march.
On the 26th, the cavalry continued along the highway on the western side of the Shenandoah valley and encamped near Buffalo gap
, covering the two great highways leading from Staunton
toward the west and northwest.
The same day the infantry reached Staunton
, where it rested and refitted during the 27th.
Having received instructions from General Lee
to march down the Shenandoah valley and make demonstrations toward Washington
, General Early
lost no time in obeying his orders, and on the 28th, took up his line of march down the Valley turnpike
, with most of his command, and encamping that night near North river, while the remainder of his infantry, taking the Keezletown
road at Mt. Sidney
, encamped on the south bank of the same North
river at Rockland mills.
The cavalry followed the back road parallel to and on the left of the infantry advance.
On the 29th, a long march was made, through Harrisonburg
, to Sparta
, where the command was reunited and encamped.
The troops, animated by the familiar scenes of the Shenandoah valley and inspired by these with the remembrance of their famous exploits under Stonewall