it: for I desired to give the people of Chambersburg
an opportunity of saving their town, by making compensation for part of the injury done, and hoped the payment of such a sum would have the effect of causing the adoption of a different policy.
was also directed to proceed from Chambersburg
towards Cumberland, Maryland
, and levy contributions in money upon that and other towns able to bear them, and if possible destroy the machinery of the coal pits near Cumberland
and the machine shops, depots and bridges on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad as far as practicable.
On the 29th, McCausland
crossed the Potomac
near Clear Spring
, and I moved with Rodes
' and Ramseur
's divisions and Vaughan
's cavalry to the latter place, while Imboden
demonstrated with his and Jackson
's cavalry towards Harper's Ferry
, in order to draw attention from McCausland
remained at Martinsburg
and continued the destruction of the railroad.
drove a force of cavalry from Williamsport
, and went into Hagerstown
, where he captured and destroyed a train of cars loaded with supplies.
One of Rodes
' brigades was crossed over at Williamsport
and subsequently withdrawn.
On the 30th, McCausland
being well under way I moved back to Martinsburg
, and on the 31st, the whole infantry force was moved to Bunker Hill
, where we remained on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of August.
On the 4th, in order to enable McCausland
to retire from Pennsylvania
, and to keep Hunter
, who had been reinforced by the 6th and 19th corps, and had been oscillating between Harper's Ferry
and Monocacy Junction
, in a state of uncertainty, I again moved to the Potomac
with the infantry and Vaughan
's and Jackson
's cavalry, while Imboden
demonstrated towards Harper's Ferry
On the 5th, Rodes
' and Ramseur
's divisions crossed at Williamsport
and took position near St. James' College and Vaughan
's cavalry went into Hagerstown
, with his command, and