Falling waters, skirmish near.
Embarrassing telegraphic despatches were received by Gen. Robert Patterson
, near Harper's Ferry
, late in June, 1861.
He was eager to advance, though Johnston
had a greatly superior force.
He made a reconnoissance on July 1, and on the 2d, with the permission of Scott
, he put the whole army across the river at Williamsport
, and pushed on in the direction of the camp of the Confederates
Near Falling Waters, 5 miles from the ford they had crossed, the advanced guard, under Col. John J. Abercrombie
, which had arrived at 4 A. M., fell in with Johnston
's advance, consisting of 3,500 infantry, with Pendleton
's battery of field-artillery, and a large force of cavalry, under Col.
J. E. B.
, the whole commanded by “Stonewall
, with a section of Perkins
's battery, under Lieutenant Hudson
, supported by the 1st Troop of Philadelphia
cavalry, advanced to attack the foe with a warm fire of musketry.
A severe conflict ensued, in which McMullen
's Philadelphia Independent Rangers participated.
In less than half an hour, when Hudson
's cannon had silenced those of the Confederates
, and Col. George H. Thomas
was coming up to the support of Abercrombie
, perceiving his peril, fled, and was hotly pursued for about 5 miles, when, the Confederates
being reinforced, the pursuit ceased.