He encountered Wilson
's division of cavalry at Summit Point
, and, after driving it off, went into camp at that place.
At light next morning, it was discovered that the enemy had retired during the night, and his rear guard of cavalry was driven through Charlestown
, where Sheridan
had taken a strong position under the protection of the heavy guns on Maryland Heights
I demonstrated on the enemy's front on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th, and there was some skirmishing.
then consented to take my position in front of Charlestown
and amuse the enemy with Kershaw
's division of infantry, supported by McCausland
's brigade of cavalry on the left and a regiment of Fitz. Lee
's cavalry on the right, while I moved with my infantry and artillery to Shepherdstown
and Fitz. Lee
with the rest of the cavalry to Williamsport
, as if to cross into Maryland
, in order to keep up the fear of an invasion of Maryland
On the 25th Fitz. Lee
started by way of Leetown
, and I moved through Leetown
and crossed the railroad at Kearneysville
After Fitz. Lee
had passed on, I encountered a very large force of the enemy's cavalry between Leetown
, which was moving out with several days' forage and rations for a raid in our rear.
After a sharp engagement with small arms and artillery, this force was driven back through Shepherdstown
, where we came near surrounding and capturing a considerable portion of it, but it succeeded in making its escape across the Potomac
's division, which was moved around to intercept the enemy, became heavily engaged, and cut off the retreat of part of his force by one road, but it made its way down the river to the ford by another and thus escaped.
In this affair, a valuable officer, Colonel Monaghan
, of the 6th Louisiana Regiment, was killed.
, and had some