|The CSA Army of the Valley, commanded by|
Major-General T. J. (Stonewall) Jackson.
|The campaign begins - in medias res.|
Evening 18 May 1862
- Fremont is at Franklin, his leading Division having received a knock at McDowell:
- Shields is off the map somewhere a half day's march east of Warrenton, with (possibly) a small detachment at Rectortown (Brig-Genl Geary). Shields moves onto the map at Warrenton at the beginning of Campaign move 2.
- Banks is at Strasburg, having prepared defences against attack. He has left a detachment at Front Royal (probably dice for this) against a flanking move up the South Fork valley.
- Saxton remains at Harper's Ferry
|Situation: Noon to Evening 19 May 1862.|
Uncertainty reigns in Union headquarters.
Where is Jackson?
Let's call the situation at noon 20th May.
- Fremont has marched hard to reach a half-way point between Petersburg and Moorefield. He has kept his cavalry by him, one leading, the other covering his ... rear.
- Shields is a half day's march east of the Manassas gap.
- Banks is quaking at Strasburg wondering whether to go or to stay.
The detachment (if any) at Front Royal will have been joined by the detachment under Geary (if any) at dusk the previous day.
|Dawn to Noon 20 May 1862|
General Banks in a quandary Is Jackson marching directly upon
him, or has he crossed the Massanutten Mountains into the
South Branch Valley?
Continuing the narrative:
|Afternoon 20 May 1862|
Banks discovers there is no threat to his front, but that
|Late afternoon 20 May 1862. General Banks has found|
Genl Jackson's Army. Though it is perhaps fairer said that
Jackson's army has found him!
The roll clearly determined that 'Dame Rumour' has once more given vent to her lies, and that Jackson, though close, was not on the road directly south. As there was no occasion to call into being another 'ghost' army (which must always begin its moves from the same point as the real one), there was going to be
The roll clearly determined that 'Dame Rumour' has once more given vent to her lies, and that Jackson, though close, was not on the road directly south. As there was no occasion to call into being another 'ghost' army (which must always begin its moves from the same point as the real one), there was going to bea collision towards the end of the day. Four game moves remain of the day. Will General Jackson engage at once using what remains of the afternoon? Or will he await the dawn?
|General N.P. Banks's command, less detachments at|
Front Royal. In the coming encounter at 'Passage Creek'
they will be outnumbered, two to one.
To be continued: 20th May 1862: Battle of ‘Bridgewood Farm’ or ‘Passage Creek’ .