The Maryland campaign.
's cavalry crossed the Potomac
on the 5th of September; Fitz Lee
moving on the New Market
on Hoyattstown roads, while Munford
covered Sugar Loaf mountain
, with his pickets extended as far as Poolesville
The 6th regiment had been detached, and the 17th battalion sent on some special duty; so that Munford
had only three regiments, the 7th, 12th and 2d.
On the 7th of September, Pleasanton
's cavalry drove in Munford
's pickets, and on the next day attaeked his command with superior numbers, driving the 12th regiment before them in some confusion.
The sharp shooters of the 2d regiment checked this advance near Barnesville
On the following day, the 9th of September, occurred the fight at Monocacy Church, in which the 7th again suffered loss.
On the 10th Pleasanton
on Sugar Loaf Mountain
, but was repulsed; on the 14th Franklin
's corps advanced in force, and Munford
retired to a point near Frederick
The critical situation of the Confederate army on the 14th of September is well known to the old soldiers, as well as to the students of history.
The dispatch to D. H. Hill
that fell into McClellan
's hands revealed the position of our troops, and accounts for the vigor of the Federals
at Crampton's Gap and other points—the defence of the former by Munford
, with his two regiments and a fragment of the two regiments from Mahone
's brigade, under the gallant Colonel Parham
, deserves a more extended notice than can be given here.
With less than 800 men he held in check for three hours three brigades of Slocum
's, and two of Smith
As the Federals
closed down upon Sharpsburg
he was assigned to the right of Lee
's line of battle, and on the 12th and 18th was actively engaged in skirmishing with the Federal
I regret that time will not permit even extracts from his report.