o our rear, and were rapidly marching to that point, thinking that, should they reach there in time, we might be compelled to accept battle from their joint forces (thirty thousand) or surrender at discretion.
Thus menaced, it was obviously necessary for Jackson to hurry on his movements, and he did so with more than usual expedition.
Having destroyed all the baggage that could not be transported, he turned his column towards Strasburgh, and commenced a backward movement in the last days of May.
The roads were in fair condition, and marching very rapidly, we drew near the town on the third day. Little rest was allowed, and all pushed forward with remarkable celerity.
As we approached Strasburgh, our advance cavalry were opposed by the enemy on the Pike, and were positively informed that Shields and Fremont were already there.
These commanders, however, had not formed a junction, but were in sight of each other — the first-named on the east, and the latter on the west side of