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This presentation is from the book 'Imboden's Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign" by author Steve French.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, June 7, 1863.
 
Brigadier General J. D. IMBODEN,

Commanding Northwestern Brigade, via Staunton:

GENERAL: In view of operations in the Shenandoah Valley, I desire you to attract the enemy`s attention in Hampshire County, and to proceed down to Romney, or such other point as you may consider best calculated for the purpose. After leaving a sufficient guard on the Shenandoah Mountain, you can use the rest of your command for the purpose specified. In attracting their attention and detaining whatever force they may have at New Creek, Cumberland, Cacapon, &c., you will, of course, do them all the injury in your power by striking them a damaging blow at any point where opportunity offers, and where you deem most practicable. It will be important if you can accomplish it, to destroy some of the bridges, so as to prevent communication and the transfer of re-enforcements to Martinsburg. After accomplishing what you can in Hampshire, should you find it practicable or advantageous, you can co-operate with any troops that you may find operating in the Valley. Forward to the commanding officer of the force there any information that you may deem important, and comply with any requisition on his part.
 
I desire you to move into Hampshire as soon as possible. Let me know the time of your departure and the time of your expected arrival. In connection with this purpose, it is important that you should obtain, for the use of the army, all the cattle that you can. Communicate with the agents of the Commissary Department you may find purchasing in the country west of Staunton, and let them make arrangements to assist you in purchasing and taking care of the cattle. Major [B. P.] Noland, of that department, is now in that region, making arrangements for cattle. I wish you to communicate with him, if practicable. I hope you will also be able, while in that country, to collect recruits for your brigade, both cavalry and infantry, and bring them out with you.
 
I am, very respectfully, &c.,
 
R. E. LEE,
General.

Imboden reorginized his army at a place Called Jennings gap which is West of Staunton, Virginia.


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 Posted: Wed Jun 9th, 2010 10:49 am
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June 9, 1863

General Imboden had his brigade moving 2 days after receiving his orders.  They moved 9 miles to  a place called 'Moscow'.  This sign is the only thing to really let one know where they are.  It is a rural farming community untouched by urban sprawl.

The road in the back ground leads to Natural Chimneys in Mt Solon, Virginia.





General Imboden received a note from Genera Lee complimenting him on moving his brigade so quickly.



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Humpf, can't get rid of the little picture.  Oh well.  I am trying to work the Tinypic system so bear with me.

June 10, 1863

OK.  General Imboden moved his brigade from the Moscow area to Dry River.  Roughly 14 miles.  As you can see in the picture there are many large Mennonite farms. They have been in this area forever. Absolutely beautiful country.

There is a bridge to the right of Lilly crossing Dry River and then there is a large flat plain area.  I believe this to be the place where he camped. It appears he is traveling the back
country.  Bridgewater, Virginia is across the river and South East on this picture.



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June 11, 1863.

The Imboden's Brigade is on the move again heading to Cootes Store which is shown in the picture below.  They are camped beside the north branch of the Shenandoah River here preparing for the move into West Virginia.



This picture shows Brock Gap which is their path into West Virginia.




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