that we would be able to get at him in a different position, but he did not give any indications of an intention to move, nor did he evince any purpose of attacking us, though the two positions were in sight of each other.
In the meantime there was some skirmishing at Hupp's Hill
, and some with the cavalry at Cedar Creek
on the Back Road
On the 16th Rosser
's scouts reported a brigade of the enemy's cavalry encamped on the Back Road
, and detached from the rest of his force, and Rosser
was permitted to go that night, with a brigade of infantry mounted behind the same number of cavalry, to attempt the surprise and capture of the camp.
He succeeded in surrounding and surprising the camp, but it proved to be that of only a strong picket, the whole of which was captured — the brigade having moved its location.
At light on the morning of the 7th, the whole of my troops were moved out in front of our lines, for the purpose of covering Rosser
's return in case of difficulty, and, after he had returned, General Gordon
was sent with a brigade of his division to Hupp's Hill
, for the purpose of ascertaining, by close inspection, whether the enemy's position was fortified, and he returned with the information that it was. I was now compelled to move back for want of provisions and forage, or attack the enemy in his position with the hope of driving him from it, and I determined to attack.
As I was not strong enough to attack the fortified position in front, I determined to get around one of the enemy's flanks and attack him by surprise if I could.
After General Gordon
's return from Hupp's Hill
, he and Captain Hotchkiss
, my topographical engineer, were sent to the signal station on the end of Massanutten Mountain
, which had been re-established, for the purpose of examining the enemy's position from that point, and General Pegram
was ordered to go as near as he could to Cedar Creek
on the enemy's right flank, and see whether it was practicable to surprise him on that flank.