for teamsters, or in any other capacity, but all the duties usually assigned to such men with an army had to be performed by men detailed from the ranks, as were all our pioneer and engineer parties.
On the 22nd of June I crossed the Potomac
with my division and Jones
' battalion of artillery at Boteler's Ford below Shepherdstown
and marched through Sharpsburg
, camping three miles beyond Boonsboro
on the pike to Hagerstown
The 17th Virginia Regiment of cavalry, under Colonel French
, from Jenkins
' brigade, joined me on the march this day to accompany my division by orders of General Ewell
had moved through Hagerstown
, and Johnson
's division, which had crossed the Potomac
ahead of me, moved in the same direction.
I was ordered to proceed along the western base of the South Mountain
. Maryland Heights
and Harper's Ferry
were both strongly fortified, and were occupied by a heavy force of the enemy, which we left behind us, without making any effort to dislodge it, as it would have been attended with a loss disproportionate to any good to be obtained.
Our movements through and from Sharpsburg
were in full view of the enemy from the heights.
On the 23rd, I moved through Cavetown
, and Ringgold
as it is now usually called) to Waynesboro
On the 24th I moved through Quincy
and Altodale to Greenwood
, at the western base of the South Mountain
, on the pike from Chambersburg
There were no indications of any enemy near us and the march was entirely without molestation.
We were now in the enemy's country, and were getting our supplies entirely from the country people.
These supplies were taken from mills, storehouses, and the farmers, under a regular system ordered by General Lee
, and with a due regard to the wants of the inhabitants themselves, certificates being given in all cases.
There was no marauding, or indiscriminate plundering,