'll jest bet you that after this I'll be the most unpopular man in my regiment.
You see, I appeared to get started a little earlier than the other boys that had taken passage with me aboard that volcano; and as I was comin‘ down I met the rest of 'em a-goin‘ up, and they looked as if they had kind oa soured on me, and yelled after me, Straggler!
General Grant ordered the cavalry and a corps of infantry to start south at daylight the next morning, before the enemy could recross the James River, with instructions to destroy fifteen or twenty miles of the Weldon Railroad.
That night, however, information of the crossing of the Potomac by Early's troops compelled the general to change his plans and send Sheridan to Washington with two divisions of his cavalry.
Early, finding that pursuit had been abandoned, and that the Union forces had returned to Washington, put his army in motion and started to return to Maryland.
His advance reached Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on July 30