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ge should be carried, and the bridge rebuilt by Capt. Alexander, of the engineers, who had on the spot the neceridge, causing the enemy to retire, and giving Captain Alexander an opportunity to pass the bridge, cut out theclose of the fight. While this was going on, Capt. Alexander, of the Engineer Corps, brought up the company ng the obstructions, and thus, in a short time, Capt. Alexander succeeded in opening a passage. Capt. Carlislee from Centreville — and about 6 o'clock P. M., Capt. Alexander, of the Corps of Engineers, directed me, by ordthe hills in the rear of the infantry. Before Captain Alexander gave me this last direction I learned that Coln by division, as at first. I then reported to Capt. Alexander that I had been interfered with in my dispositilong as I was interfered with by a drunken man. Capt. Alexander then answered that Gen.McDowell now vested the e rebels to retire from the abatis, and enabled Capt. Alexander of the Engineers to clear it away. In a short
und before, behind, and each side of Gen. Schenck and the group of officers about him. The Ohio regiments were somewhat sheltered by a cleft in the road, but the New York 2d was more exposed. Gen. Schenck was in great danger, to which, I am glad to say, he seemed perfectly insensible, riding always through the hottest of the fire as if nothing more serious than a shower of paper pellets threatened him. But more than this Gen. Schenck cannot claim. Nevertheless, our work progressed. Capt. Alexander, with the engineers, had completed a bridge across the run, over which our ambulances were to pass for the wounded, and by which our artillery could be planted in new positions. Even then, although that stealthy column was winding, awkwardly for us, about our left, no person dreamed that the day was lost. The men of the brigade, at least, were firm, although they began to suffer severely. Horrible gaps and chasms appeared once or twice in the ranks of the New York 2d. Four men were t
fore. But McDowell tried to vanquish the South in a single struggle, and the sad result is before us. As it was, Capt. Alexander, with his sappers and miners, was ordered to cut through the abatis by the side of the mined bridge, in the valley d panic, the hideous headlong confusion, were now beyond a hope. I was near the rear of the movement, with the brave Capt. Alexander, who endeavored by the most gallant but unavailable exertions to check the onward tumult. It was difficult to believe in the reality of our sudden reverse. What does it all mean? I asked Alexander. It means defeat, was his reply. We are beaten; it is a shameful, a cowardly retreat! Hold up men! he shouted, don't be such infernal cowards! and he rode backwlope just left by us, surrounded the guns and sutlers' wagons, and were apparently pressing up against us. It's no use, Alexander, I said, you must leave with the rest. I'll be d-----d if I will, was the sullen reply, and the splendid fellow rode b
although more obstructed than yesterday's, have been entirely successful up to the time of writing. The column commenced moving at half-past 5 o'clock this morning, in the order observed yesterday, with a variation in the Third brigade, which was to-day headed by the gallant New York Sixty-ninth. The road, immediately after emerging from Vienna, enters heavy timber. About a mile from the village a heavy obstruction, consisting of about fifty large trees, was discovered in the road. Captain Alexander, of the Engineer corps, immediately put his pioneers to work with their axes, and in less than twenty minutes the whole of the barricade was cleared away and the column moved onward. Having reached the edge of the timber, two companies of each of the Connecticut regiments were again deployed as skirmishers on the right and left of the column, under command of Colonel Spiedel. Captain Hawley's company of the First Regiment had been in motion but a few minutes when it came up with thr
d defence against heavy odds. Accordingly, on the morning of the 17th ult., when the enemy appeared before that position, they were checked and held at bay, with some confessed loss, in a skirmish in advance of the works, in which Major Morgan and Capt. Shelly, Fifth regiment Alabama volunteers, acted with intelligent gallantry; and the post was only abandoned under general but specific imperative orders, in conformity with a long-conceived, established plan of action and battle. Capt. E. P. Alexander, Confederate States engineer, fortunately joined my Headquarters in time to introduce the system of new field-signals which, under his skilful management, rendered me the most important service preceding and during the engagement. The medical officers serving with the regiments engaged were at their proper posts and discharged their duties with satisfactory skill and zeal; and, on one occasion at least, under an annoying fire, when Surgeon Cullen, First regiment Virginia volunteer