OOPS. Sorry about the multiple posts. I hit the wrong Refresh.
Bob I would suspect that these troops were foragers looking for horses and what not. Most of the southern units had some ment that shook lose from the main body drifted out to get the really good pickins of the Pa. country side. These maybe the ones that were documented or had the guts to tell an officer how far the got before turning for the main show. This is of course IMHO> :Jld Juan...........Oh this is by no means a slam aganst the A.N.V. The 60 mile path through Gorgia by Sherman's men is the same thing just on a grander and sactioned scale.