Thursday, October 30, 1862
Under pressure from President Abraham Lincoln, Union General George McClellan began a new campaign to pursue the Confederate Army. At 2:00 P.M. the Twentieth Massachusetts regiment, along with the entire Second Corps, broke camp at Bolivar Heights and began a southward march. Crossing the Shenandoah River on a pontoon bridge the Twentieth marched through the Pleasant Valley eight miles to Hillsborough.1
1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 179. Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 185.