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 the Rappahannock, the vast fortifications of which, erected by the Confederates during the preceding winter, and completed since by order of McClellan, seemed to offer a perfectly safe shelter. It was, therefore, upon this depot that Pope relied to subsist his army. But he was under the impression that Halleck would provide for its defence, and yet, on the 26th, there was only an insignificant detachment there. Jackson, in haste above all to destroy the Orange Railroad, had marched directly upon that point of the line nearest to Gainesville. At eight o'clock in the evening the telegraph connecting Washington with General Pope's headquarters became suddenly silent; it was thus that he learned the presence of the enemy in his rear. Stuart had just reached Bristow station, where he cut the wires and seized two empty trains, which he threw off the track. In the course of the evening, Jackson arrived with his infantry, and established himself in force along the line of the railroad. He had fulfilled in the most brilliant manner the instructions of his chief, thanks to his daring and the tireless legs of his soldiers, who had marched a distance of eighty kilometres in thirty-six hours. Penetrated, however, with the importance of the Manassas depots, he resolved to take advantage of the surprise he had created, to destroy them before the Federals could occupy in force that position, so easy to defend. Despite their fatigue, two regiments, the Twenty-first North Carolina and the Twenty-first Georgia, five hundred men in all, resumed their march with Stuart's cavalry, and before the morning of the 27th, they had captured Manassas with its small garrison. A few hours later Jackson joined them, leaving only Ewell's division at Bristow to cover his rear. At Manassas he found an immense booty. Besides three hundred white prisoners and two hundred negroes, whom the Confederate writers classify among the materiel, and a few hundred horses, Jackson had in his possession forty-eight guns, ten locomotives with two trains, and, above all, fifty thousand pounds of bacon, a thousand barrels of salt beef, several thousand barrels of flour, a vast quantity of forage, together with the assorted stores of all the sutlers of the army. The Confederate soldiers, who for some time past had been living entirely upon fruit, biscuit and grain, seized upon these luxuries, so opportunely thrown in their way, to compensate
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