Thursday, 1 January 2015

5.00pm 12 Sept 1862 – turn 28

The Rebels are forcing the ford at Williamsport but they appear to be in no more than divisional strength and Pleasonton’s horse artillery are harassing them as they cross the river. Dave’s original plan may have been to press on to Hagerstown but I think now he is more likely to try and send this isolated force south to rejoin Lee.

The Rebels are crossing the ford at Williamsport but they must be way behind schedule due to Pleasonton's delaying action!

This seems likely because the Confederates around the area of Jones Crossroads are disengaging and attempting to shift to the northwest. To counter this I have ordered Hookers corps west with Burnside following him to attempt to stop the enemy passing by our right flank.

Dave's Confederates are disengaging and moving northwest, it almost looks like a rout from this perspective!

Meanwhile Sumner, Franklin and Mansfield are reforming their divisions to the east of Tilghmanton. Their various regiments and brigades have become somewhat muddled up during the pursuit of the Rebels from Sharpsburg and I will need them properly organised ready for action in the morning.

The general situation in the area of Jones Crossroads at 5.00pm.

With dusk fast approaching I don’t expect there to be much in the way of serious fighting until tomorrow.

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