's) and 2nd (Hancock's).
Thursday, August 4.
Yankee accounts of the affair put their loss in killed wounded and prisoners at 5,000.
They say the plan was to spring a mine at 3 o'clock Saturday morning; but that the fuse failed to ignite the powder twice; that they had six tons of powder in the mine.
The 9th and 18th corps made the charge, and the 5th was in reserve.
Our losses foot up 1,200, of which 300 are no doubt prisoners — the enemy claiming to have taken that number.
Saturday, August 6
The loss of our brigade in the fight of Saturday was 270 killed wounded and missing, of whom 88 were killed on the field-just one-half of the whole number (176) that had been killed from the battle of the Wilderness to the present time.
Monday, August 8, 1864.
General Mahone, in a congratulatory order to Mahone's, Saunders' and Wright's brigades for their conduct in the affair of Saturday, July 30, says that, with an effective force of less than 3,000 men and with a casualty
in killed, wounded and prisoners were considerable.
While on the retreat a large number of their wagons and a considerable quantity of their stores were destroyed to prevent capture.
Finding that the enemy had again sought safety behind his defences, Early determined to re-enter Maryland, for the double purpose of covering a retaliatory expedition into Pennyslvania, and to keep alive the diversion which had already been made in favor of the defence of Richmond.
Therefore, about the 6th of August, he crossed the Potomac in two columns—the one at Williamsport, and the other at Shepherdstown—and took a position between Sharpsburg and Hagerstown.
This occupation of Maryland was destined to be of short duration, for since Early's audacity had caused his strength to be so greatly magnified, and the importance of his operations so exaggerated, Grant had considered it necessary to largely increase the army of the Shenandoah, and to supersede Hunter, whose incapacity had long been obv