it would have to carry a haversack.’
's cavalry, on the 30th, followed the enemy as far as Middle river.
On the 1st of October the Confederate forces moved to the vicinity of Mt. Sidney
marching by the direct old Winchester road, to the Willow Spout
, and then down the Valley turnpike
to three miles beyond Mt. Sidney
; while Ramseur
moved by the Mt. Meridian
road and across by Piedmont
to within three miles of Mt. Sidney
The cavalry took position along North river.
On the 2d, Sheridan
's cavalry drove in the Confederate
pickets near Mt. Crawford
, but the Stonewall brigade, of Gordon
's division, drove them back and held the turnpike bridge over North river at that point.
The cavalry had an engagement with the enemy at Bridgewater
, forcing Custer
's Federal division of cavalry to retire, by a well-planned attack on his front and flanks.
Quiet reigned on the 3d and 4th, with the exception of some skirmishing along the line of North river.
On the 5th, Gordon
advanced to near Naked creek
and Brig.-Gen. Thomas L. Rosser
joined the army with his cavalry brigade of some 600 service and toil-worn men and horses, which had come up from Richmond
by way of Lynchburg
This brigade was attached to Fitz Lee
's division, to the command of which Rosser
was assigned, Wickham
On the morning of the 6th the enemy left the camps near Harrisonburg
, Mt. Crawford
, after destroying crops, burning buildings in every direction, before and during their march, and driving before them all the live stock, both old and young, they could find.
The Confederate cavalry was soon in pursuit, and the infantry, Gordon
in front, followed at 1 a. m., and marched to the vicinity of Harrisonburg
; three of the divisions encamping beyond that town.
's cavalry went by the Keezletown
road to Peale
's, while Rosser
, with Fitz Lee
's division, took the back road and fell on the enemy's rear at Brock
's gap, with vigor, capturing a portion of its train and pursuing it to Timberville
had reinforced Early
, at Brown
's gap, with 2,700 muskets for duty and Cutshaw
's artillery, about making up for his losses at Winchester
and Fisher's Hill
, and he had determined to attack Sheridan
on the 6th if he had not retreated down the Valley