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column of rebels of unknown strength had marched, and thrown General Sigel back from Martinsburg to Williamsport, thence down the left bank of the Potomac to Maryland Heights, where, with his command, he was supposed to be besieged.
The strength of the invading column, by whom it was commanded, what its objects were, the means pris report as true, the enemy had turned his back upon the department of Major-General Couch, and reduced his probable objectives to Washington, Baltimore, or Maryland Heights.
In this situation I felt it my duty to concentrate that portion of my scanty command available for field operations at some point on the Monocacy river,
In the midst of preparation for this movement, a telegram from Major-General Sigel reached me, stating that the enemy had that morning retired from before Maryland Heights, and was marching with his main body up the Middletown Valley toward Boonesboro.
The question then was — were the rebels marching for Pennsylvania, or comin