The hostile scouts and sharpshooters had become too vigilant.
Their scouts came in, and reported that they had found fresh footprints of men in the forest.
The next year he was stationed at Fort Niobrara, in Nebraska, in command of the Sioux Indian Scouts.
To the scouts and skirmishers and to Dick, wandering through the forest, nature was an unmitigated foe.
Scouts were sent out in advance; and professed "trackers" employed to pick up, and interpret the "sign."
Their scouts and skirmishers had failed to discover that the entire army of Buell also was now in front of them.
A party of Christian Indians, chiefly from Sillery, planned a stroke of retaliation, and set out for the Mohawk country, marching cautiously and sending forward scouts to scour the forest.
Earlier in the day Stuart, full of enterprise, and almost insensible to fatigue, had crossed the Rappahannock much higher up and at the head of a formidable body of his horsemen, unseen by scouts and spies, was riding around the Union right.
The others, however, summoned their courage anew, and passed the whole night arranging their forces, cheering the men, and preparing for the morn. Their scouts and skirmishers kept watch on the Northern camp, and the Southerners believed that while they had whipped only one army the day before, they could whip two on the morrow.