garrison of Front Royal, of about a thousand men, under Colonel Kenly.
These were composed of two companies each of the Twenty-seve Pennsylvania and Fifth New York cavalry, one company of Captain Mapes's Pioneers, and a section of Knapp's battery.
Kenly was charged with the protection of the road and bridges between Front Royal and Strasburg.
One company each of the Second Massachusetts, Third Wisconsin, and Twenty-seventh Indiana were posted along that road.
When the writer was at Nashville, early in May, 1866, he was permitted by General Ewell, then residing there, to peruse and make extracts from the manuscript records of his brigade, kept by his young adjutant.
In it was the statement, that when Ewell's force was near Front Royal, a young woman was seen running toward them.
She had made a circuit to avoid the Yankees, and she sent word to General Jackson, by officers who went to meet her, to push on — only one regiment in the town, and that might be completely surprised;