's divisions for North Mountain depot on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, some miles west of Martinsburg
, near which they bivouacked.
On the morning of the 12th we moved for Martinsburg
, and found that a force of the enemy at that place under General White
had retired in the direction of Harper's Ferry
on the approach of Hill
We passed through the town in the direction of Harper's Ferry
's division bivouacked on the banks of the Opequon.
On the morning of the 13th we resumed the march, and reached the turnpike from Charlestown
to Harper's Ferry
, one mile above Halltown
, and bivouacked in sight of the enemy's work on Bolivar Heights, covering the town at the ferry, to wait until McLaws
should get in position on Maryland Heights
and Loudon Heights respectively, both of which overlooked and commanded the enemy's position.
On the afternoon of the 14th, McLaws
having previously gotten in position and opened fire with their artillery, General Jackson
's force moved forward to invest the enemy's works, Hill
's division moving on the right along the Shenandoah
's division along the turnpike, and one brigade of Jackson
's division along the Potomac
on the left, the rest of the division moving in support.
's division moved along and on each side of the pike in three columns until it passed Halltown
, when it was formed in treble line of battle with Trimble
's and Hays
' brigades on the front line, and Lawton
's and my brigade in their rear, Lawton
's forming the second line, and mine the third.
In this order we moved forward through some fields on the right of the road until we reached a woods on a hill called School House Hill
, confronting the main works on Bolivar Heights, and in easy range for artillery.
This was done without opposition, and Hays
' brigade was then moved to the left of the road and mine posted in its rear, the right being occupied by Trimble
's and Lawton
's brigades in the same order.
It was now dark