On the 13th we crossed and proceeded to Warrenton
, and Meade
's army, which was on the Rappahannock
below, commenced its retreat on both sides of the railroad towards Manassas
We took position that night around Warrenton
's corps being advanced out on the road towards Centreville
, with a part of his cavalry, had crossed the river and got in between two of the enemy's columns, where he spent the night of the 13th in imminent danger of capture.
We moved before daybreak on the morning of the 14th, as well for the purpose of relieving Stuart
as for attacking the enemy, Ewell
's corps taking the road by Auburn
and Bristow Station, and Hill
's, a route further to the left.
About light, a considerable force of the enemy, composed of both infantry and cavalry, was found at Auburn
, on Cedar Creek
, occupying the opposite banks of the stream, where a mill pond rendered the advance against him very difficult.
' division formed line in front, and some skirmishing and cannonading ensued, while I moved with my division and Jones
' battalion of artillery to the left across the creek above the mill, and around to get in the enemy's rear.
After I had started Rodes
, having been replaced by Johnson
, moved to the right to cross the stream below.
The enemy's infantry in the meantime had moved off, leaving only a cavalry force and some horse artillery to dispute the passage, and as I was moving up to attack this force in the rear and Rodes
was coming up from the right, it rapidly made its escape towards the railroad, passing between us.
We then moved towards Greenwich
, and near that place Ewell
's corps turned off through some farms in the direction of the bridge over Kettle Run
, while Hill
's corps preceded us on the direct road to Bristow
At this latter place, the 2nd corps of Meade
's army, under Warren
, was found, and two of Hill
's brigades which were