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, resting his left on the Potomac below Harper's Ferry, opposite Walker's right, and his right on the same river above Harper's Ferry, opposite Jackson's left, thus completing the circle of investment.
D. H. Hill was to bring up the rear on the National road, preceded by the ordnance and supply trains and reserve artillery, at the same time guarding the rear of both McLaws and Longstreet.
Stuart, after furnishing squadrons of cavalry to Jackson, Longstreet and McLaws, was to cover the entire rnt, he said: Our ranks are very much diminished—I fear from a third to one-half of the original numbers.
Still more disturbing was the news that reached him on the evening of that day. This was of the rapid approach of McClellan in force on the National road toward Hill's position on the South mountain, and toward that of Mc-Laws on the Potomac north of Harper's Ferry and Maryland heights.
He knew McClellan's military characteristics, not only from his personal knowledge of him before the exis