towards Frederick City, and after my brigade had lain down I received a message from General Jackson
to let my men get green corn for two days, but, I told the staff officer bringing it, that they had already drawn their rations in that article, which was all they had now to eat. I will here say that green Indian corn and boiled beef without salt are better than no food at all by a good deal, but they constitute a very weakening diet for troops on a long march, as they produce diarrhoea.
On the 6th we resumed the march and in the afternoon occupied Frederick City and the Monocacy Junction
on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
's division took position near the city, and Hill
's and Ewell
's near the Junction
, which is about three miles from the city in the direction of Washington
's division covered the railroad and the approaches from the direction of Baltimore
, and Hill
's those from the direction of Washington
We were now able to get some flour and salt, and our whole army was in a day or two concentrated near the same points.
We remained in position until the 10th, and on that day General Jackson
's command moved through Frederick
westward, for the purpose of capturing Harper's Ferry
and Maryland Heights
, where there was a considerable force of the enemy.
At the same time, McLaws
, with his own and Anderson
's divisions, including three brigades of Longstreet
's attached to Anderson
's division, moved towards Maryland Heights
, and Brigadier General Walker
with his two brigades moved towards Loudoun Heights
on the south of the Potomac
, for the purpose of surrounding Harper
's. Ferry and co-operating with General Jackson
in its capture.
On the night of the 10th, Ewell
's division bivouacked between Middletown
and South Mountain
On the 11th, we moved across the mountain at Boonsboro Gap, and through Boonsboro
, where we crossed the Potomac
's division moving from that place directly for Martinsburg
on the pike, and Ewell