advancing by way of Smithfield
, and went on to the Potomac
, by way of Martinsburg
, where they had an artillery duel with the enemy across the river, the next day. During the Kearneysville combat, Early
's division around to the Federal
flank, where that incomparable fighter and his fighting division made valorous and telling charges, in one of which Gordon
was wounded in the face, by a saber slash.
On the 26th the army marched back to Leetown
, with Ramseur
The cavalry marched to Shepherdstown
, after its artillery engagement at Williamsport
In the afternoon, the Federals
from Harper's Ferry
made an attack on Anderson
's comparatively small force at Charlestown
, which he repulsed.
On the 27th the army marched to its old camps at Bunker Hill
by way of ‘The Bower
,’ and Ramseur
by way of Smithfield
fell back from Charlestown
, by way of Smithfield
, to Stephenson
's. The cavalry that had been left at Charlestown
retired to Smithfield
, but was ordered back to hold its position in front of Charlestown
On the 28th the enemy's cavalry attacked Early
's and compelled it to cross the Opequon
After a brisk engagement at Smithfield
, Fitz Lee
retired toward Brucetown
, and Lomax
toward Bunker Hill
, thus allowing the enemy to occupy Smithfield
, in the vicinity where they burned barns and houses.
To stop this vandalism, Ramseur
was advanced and crossed the Opequon
, driving in the Federal
cavalry; and Early
's infantry, aided by sharp artillery practice, drove the Federals
back across the Opequon
, and from some rude works which they had constructed in front of Smithfield
, and then returned to camp, leaving the cavalry behind.
These the enemy again engaged in the afternoon and drove them back across the Opequon
advanced videttes on Gordon
's right, from his position at Beeson's ford.
Quiet prevailed on the 30th; but the enemy made some demonstrations along the Opequon
on the 31st, which were met by the cavalry.
On that day Anderson
moved back to near Winchester
, and Rodes
marched to Martinsburg
and back, on a reconnaissance.
Quiet prevailed September 1st, but on the 2d the enemy was reported as moving in force from Harper's Ferry