Chapter 42: battle of Kernstown.
On the reception of the foregoing information, I determined to attack the enemy at once; and, early on the morning of the 24th, my whole force was put in motion for Winchester
The enemy, under Crook
, consisting of the “Army of west Virginia
,” and including Hunter
's and Sigel
's forces, and Averill
's cavalry, was found in position at Kernstown
, on the same ground occupied by Shields
, at the time of General Jackson
's fight with him, on March 22nd, 1862.
's division was sent to the left, at Bartonsville
, to get around the enemy's right flank, while the other divisions moved along the Valley Pike
, and formed on each side of it. Ransom
's cavalry was ordered to move in two columns: one, on the right, along the road from Front Royal
, and the other on the left, and west of Winchester
, so as to unite in rear of the latter place, and cut off the enemy's retreat.
After the enemy's skirmishers were driven in, it was discovered that his left flank, extending through Kernstown
, was exposed, and General Breckenridge
was ordered to move Echols
' division, now under Brigadier General Wharton
, under cover of some ravines on our right and attack that flank.
This movement, which was made under General Breckenridge
's personal superintendence, was handsomely executed, and the attacking division struck the enemy's left flank in open ground, doubling it up and throwing his whole line into great confusion.
The other divisions then advanced, and the rout of the enemy became complete.
He was pursued, by the infantry and artillery, through and beyond Winchester
; and the pursuit was continued by Rodes
' division to Stephenson
's depot, six miles from Winchester-this division then having marched twenty-seven miles from its position west of Strasburg
The cavalry had not been moved according