but all such acts were expressly forbidden and prohibited effectually.
On the 25th my command remained stationary at Greenwood
, and I visited General Ewell
, by his request, at Chambersburg
, where Rodes
' and Johnson
's divisions had concentrated.
In accordance with instructions received from General Lee
, General Ewell
ordered me to move with my command across the South Mountain
, and through Gettysburg
, for the purpose of cutting the Northern Central Railroad (running from Baltimore
), and destroying the bridge across the Susquehanna
on the branch railroad from York
Lieutenant Colonel Elijah White
's battalion of cavalry was ordered to report to me for the expedition in addition to French
's regiment, and I was ordered to leave the greater portion of my trains behind to accompany the reserve ordnance and subsistence trains of the camps.
I was also ordered to rejoin the other divisions at Carlisle
by the way of Dillstown from York
, after I had accomplished the task assigned me.
I returned to Greenwood
on the afternoon of the 25th, and directed all my trains-except the ambulances, one medical wagon, one ordnance wagon, and one wagon with cooking utensils, for each regiment, and fifteen empty wagons for getting supplies,--to be sent to Chambersburg
No baggage whatever was allowed for officers, except what they could carry on their backs or horses, not excepting division headquarters, and with my command and the trains thus reduced, I moved across South Mountain
on the morning of the 26th, and we saw no more of our trains until we crossed the Potomac
three weeks later.
As we were leaving, I caused the iron works of Mr. Thaddeus Stevens
, consisting of a furnace, a forge, a rolling mill — with a saw mill and storehouse attached,--to be burnt by my pioneer party.
The enemy had destroyed a number of similar works,