But his orders led Stuart toward the Susquehanna, so he proceeded north to Hanover, which was reached at 10 A. M. on the 30th.
Here he had a sharp skirmish with Kilpatrick's cavalry.
Hampered by his 125 captured wagons, he turned squarely to the right, and, making a detour by Jefferson, he reached Dover on the morning of July 1, crossing during the night the road on which Early's division had marched on the 30th from York to Heidlersburg.
Here he learned that Early had gone toward Shippensburg.
Stuart was practically lost, and had to guess in which direction he should go to find Lee's army.
Lee was now beginning the battle of Gettysburg, 25 miles off to the southwest.
Stuart's report says:—
After as little rest as was compatible with the exhausted condition of the command, I pushed on for Carlisle [25 miles to the northwest], where I hoped to find a portion of our army. He arrived before Carlisle in the afternoon.
His rations were now entirely exhausted.
He desired to