and Swift Run Gap, eastward of Harrisonburg
, in Rockingham County
There he was joined
by the division of General R. S. Ewell
, from Gordonsville
, and also two brigades under Edward S. Johnson
, who had an independent command in Southwestern Virginia
's entire force was now about fifteen thousand men, while General Banks
was lying at Harrisonburg
, not far away, his force reduced to about five thousand men by the withdrawal of Shields
was watching Banks
closely, with orders to hold him, while General Lee
, with a strong column, should push beyond the Rappahannock
to cut off the communication between Winchester
when he was startled by the information that one of Fremont
's brigades, under General Milroy
, was approaching from the direction of Monterey
, either to join Banks
or to fall upon Staunton.
He perceived that such a junction, or the occupation of Staunton, might give to the, Nationals the possession of the, Shenandoah Valley, and he took immediate measures to prevent the catastrophe.
to watch Banks
, he moved rapidly upon Staunton, and from that point sent Johnson
, with five brigades, to attack Milroy
The latter, greatly outnumbered, fell back to the Bull Pasture Mountains
and took post at McDowell
, thirty-six miles west of Staunton, whither Schenck
hastened with a part of his brigade to assist him. Jackson
had also hurried.
from Staunton to assist Johnson
, and on the 8th he appeared with a large force on a ridge overlooking the National
camp, and commenced planting a battery there.
led a force to dislodge him,2
and for about five hours a battle, varying in intensity, was fought with great gallantry on both sides.
Darkness put an end to the conflict.
(who ranked Milroy
) saw that the position of the Nationals was untenable, and by his direction the whole force retreated during the night to Franklin
, having lost two hundred and fifty-six men, of whom one hundred and forty-five were only slightly wounded.
reported a loss of four hundred and sixty-one, of whom three hundred and ninety were wounded.
Among the latter was General Johnson
It was a fairly drawn fight, and yet Jackson
, whose troops largely outnumbered the Nationals, and had every advantage of position, sent a trumpet-toned note to Ewell
the next morning, saying, “Yesterday God gave us the victory at McDowell
pursued the Nationals to Franklin
, where he heard from Ewell
was evidently preparing to fly from Harrisonburg
So he hastened back to McDowell
, recrossed the Shenandoah mountains
to Lebanon Sulphur Springs, rested a little, and then pressed forward to fall upon Banks
The latter had fled to Strasburg
pursued by Ewell
, and Jackson
pushed on,, joining the latter at New Market
Then he led the united forces into the Luray Valley
, between the Massanutten Mountain
and the Blue Ridge
, and hastened toward Front Royal
, to cut off Banks
's retreat in that direction,