old division and Gordon
's division), marched to Sharpsburg
and encamped on the famous battlefield.
advanced his cavalry to Shepherdstown
, while Ramseur
spent the day at Harper's Ferry
On the 6th, Gordon
continued his march down the Potomac
to near Maryland heights
, threatening the Federals
holding that formidable position; while Ramseur
marched to the vicinity of Sharpsburg
, leaving one brigade on guard at Harper's Ferry
The cavalry advance marched to Boonsboro
, at the foot of the South
mountain, while McCausland
brought his force to the Antietam
in front of Sharpsburg
On the 7th, Gordon
drove in the enemy's outposts at Fort Duncan
and Maryland heights
, and supported by Wharton
's division), he engaged the enemy to within 600 yards of these frowning and commanding fortifications.
, threatening the rear of these same intrenched Federal forces, advanced to near Rohrersville
, while Ramseur
marched to near Sharpsburg
' brigade of Ramseur
's division remained on Bolivar heights until late in the afternoon, when it rejoined him at Sharpsburg
by the usual route.
marched to Hagerstown
, and there had an engagement with some United States regular cavalry, which he forced to retreat.
The remainder of the cavalry marched across the mountains to the vicinity of Frederick City, where it had a slight engagement with the enemy's outposts.
On the 8th, Ramseur
marched, by way of Boonsboro
, to the summit of the Catoctin mountain
, where he found Early
's cavalry advance in position, and where he encamped.
marched from Rohrersville
, by way of Fox
's gap and Middletown
, to the foot of the Catoctin mountain
; while Rodes
, from Rohrersville
, crossed the South
mountain by Crampton
's gap and encamped near Jefferson
, also at the foot of the Catoctin mountain
, but a few miles south from the camp of the other divisions, and in position to meet any demonstration from the enemy's force left on Maryland heights
marched all night, passed the Boonsboro gap
at daylight and went on to Frederick City, where he skirmished with the enemy, and then encamped in front of the infantry at Middletown
The battle of the Monocacy
, a short and bloody battle, was fought on the 9th of July.
, at an early