ng crossed the Monocacy, we took up a new position on the opposite bank of the river.
As the enemy did not advance that day beyond Urbana, the greater part of our cavalry encamped between that point and Frederick.
About half a mile from the latter place we fixed our headquarters at the farm-house of an old Irishman, who amused us very much with his buthiful brogue, and with whose pretty daughters-spirited Irish girls they were-we had a lively little dance at night.
Early the next day (12th September) our scouts and patrols reported the enemy slowly advancing in strong force on the turnpike from Urbana, and we received orders to retreat through Frederick over the mountains to Middletown, but to retard the Federal column as long as possible at Monocacy bridge, which was to be burned at the last moment.
As they were moving so slowly that at 2 P. M. their advance-guard was not yet in sight, General Stuart rode with his Staff into Frederick, where he had been invited by several prominen