had reached the railroad, at the South Branch
of the Potomac
, and partially destroyed the bridge, but had not succeeded in dislodging the guard from the block-house at that place.
He had been taken sick and very little had been accomplished by the expedition; and his brigade, now under the command of Col. George H. Smith
, had returned.
Early on the morning of the 8th the whole force moved; Rodes
, through Crampton's Gap, to Jefferson
, through Fox's Gap; and Ramseur
, with the trains, through Boonsboro Gap, followed by Lewis
' brigade, which had started from Harper's Ferry
the night before, after burning the trestle-work on the railroad, and the stores which had not been brought off. Breckenridge
encamped near Middletown
, and Rodes
had occupied Catoctan Mountain, between Middletown
and Frederick, with his cavalry, and had skirmished heavily with a body of the enemy at the latter place.
was ordered to move to the right, in the afternoon, and the next day cut the telegraph and railroad between Maryland Heights
and Baltimore-cross the Monocacy
, and, if possible, occupy the railroad bridge over that stream, at the junction near Frederick
Early on the 9th, Johnson
, with his brigade of cavalry, and a battery of horse artillery, moved to the north of Frederick
, with orders to strike the railroads from Baltimore
, burn the bridges over the Gunpowder
, also to cut the railroad between Washington
and threaten the latter place; and then to move towards Point Lookout
, for the purpose of releasing the prisoners, if we should succeed in getting into Washington
The other troops also moved forward towards Monocacy Junction
, and Ramseur
's division passed through Frederick
, driving a force of skirmishers before it.