M. on the 25th, that his Aid, Col. Clark, in charge of the Signal Corps, had observed a general movement of the Rebel army to the west and north.
Banks adds; It seems to be apparent that the enemy is threatening, or moving up the Valley of the Shenandoah, via Front Royal, with designs upon the Potomac-possibly beyond.
Pope, at Warrenton Junction, at 9:30 that night, sent to McDowell at Warrenton, that, I believe the whole force of the enemy has marched for the Shenandoah Valley, by way of Luray and Front Royal.
with his cavalry still watching for a Rebel advance from the Rappahannock; as two trains of cars, moving northward from Warrenton, arrived at Bristow soon after Jackson, to whom they fell an easy prey.
So far, Jackson's success had been without flaw; but his position was critical, and there was obviously no time to be lost.
Weary and footsore as were his men, he at once dispatched Gen. Trimble, with the 21st North Carolina and 21st Georgia infantry, under Stuart — who
wagons, the men must carry provisions with them till the wagons can come to their relief.
At 10:30 of the following day
August 29.--the day of Pope's first indecisive battle at Gainesville or Groveton — McClellan telegraphed to Gen. Halleck as follows:
Franklin's corps is in motion; started about 6 A. M. I can give him but two squadrons of cavalry.
I propose moving Gen. Cox to Upton's Hill, to hold that important point with its works, and to push cavalry scouts to Vienna, via Freedom Hill and Hunter's Lane.
Cox has two squadrons of cavalry.
Please answer at once whether this meets your approval.
I have directed Woodbury, with the Engineer brigade, to hold Fort Lyon, however.
Detailed last night two regiments to the vicinity of Forts Ethan Allen and Marcy. Meagher's brigade is still at Acquia.
If he moves in support of Franklin, it leaves us without any reliable troops in and near Washington.
Yet Franklin is too weak alone.
What shall be done?
No more cavalry arrive