On the 8th it was quiet again, but on the 9th a detachment of the enemy's cavalry came to the Opequon
, burned some mills and retreated before a division of infantry sent out to meet it.
On the 10th, my infantry moved by Bunker Hill
and encountered a considerable force of the enemy's cavalry, which was driven off, and then pursued by Lomax
across the Opequon
We then returned to Bunker Hill
and the next day to Stephenson
's depot, and there was quiet on the 12th.
On the 13th, a large force of the enemy's cavalry, reported to be supported by infantry, advanced on the road from Summit Point
, and drove in our pickets from the Opequon
, when two divisions of infantry were advanced to the front, driving the enemy across the Opequon
A very sharp artillery duel across the creek then took place and some of my infantry crossed over, when the enemy retired.
On the 14th, General Anderson
again started, with Kershaw
's division and Cutshaw
's battalion of artillery, to cross the Blue Ridge
by the way of Front Royal
, and was not molested.
's cavalry was left with me, and Ramseur
's division was moved to Winchester
to occupy Kershaw
There was an affair between one of Kershaw
's brigades and a division of the enemy's cavalry, while I was at Fisher's Hill
at Front Royal
, in which some prisoners were lost; and two affairs in which the outposts from Kershaw
's command were attacked and captured by the enemy's cavalry, one in front of Winchester
and the other in front of Charlestown
; which I have not undertaken to detail, as they occurred when General Anderson
was controlling the operations of that division, but it is proper to refer to them here as part of the operations in the Valley
On the 15th and 16th my troops remained in camp undisturbed.
The positions of the opposing forces were now as follows: Ramseur
's division and Nelson
's battalion of