to establish as complete a cordon as his regiment could make, and as near as practicable to the Federal
army, to prevent information reaching it from the direction of Winchester
; to maintain his close picketing until the night of the 18th, and then follow the army through Ashby
's gap. Stuart
screened this movement of Johnston
's whole army from the valley so effectually that Patterson
did not know that it had been made until the 21st, when the army of the Shenandoah was bravely participating in the battle of Bull Run
's troops left their camp at Winchester
about noon, June 18th, Jackson
's brigade leading the march.
When the rear of the command was a mile or two beyond Winchester
, all the different regiments were at the same time informed of the object of the movement and the necessity for a forced march, and exhorted to strive to reach the field of contention in time to take part in the great battle that had already begun.
, accustomed to the steady gait of regular soldiers, was greatly discouraged by the slow rate of marching of the volunteers and the frequent delays, and nearly despaired of reaching Beauregard
in time to aid him in battle.
This induced him to dispatch Major Whiting
, of the engineers, to Piedmont station
of the Manassas Gap railroad, the nearest one on his line of march through Ashby
's gap, to ascertain whether railway trains could be procured for transporting his troops to their destination quicker than they could reach it by marching, and if these trains could be secured, to make the necessary transportation arrangements.
, in returning, met Johnston
, a hamlet near the top of the Blue ridge
, with a favorable report.
The head of Jackson
's brigade reached Paris
, 17 miles from Winchester
, about two hours after dark.
The four other brigades halted for the night on the Shenandoah
, 4 miles back from Paris
and 13 from Winchester
The next day, Friday, July 19th, Johnston
's infantry were all across the Blue ridge
, as were also his artillery and cavalry, under Colonels Pendleton
, and all on their way eager to reach the field of conflict.
After the affair at Falling Waters
, as we have seen, did not enter Martinsburg
until the 3d; and though he informed Scott
that day that he was in ‘hot pursuit’ of the enemy, he remained there until the 15th,