About 12 o'clock Johnson's pickets became engaged with the enemy's pickets just below Winchester, and drove them in. Soon thereafter Col. R. Lumden Andrews, with Carpenter's battery, opened fire on a battery of the enemy, which they had advanced out on the Millwood road, driving it into the town, and blowing nfantry along the cut, except the 10th and 2d La. regiments, which were held in reserve to support the artillery.
One of Demerit's Napoleon guns was placed by Col. Andrews on the bridge.
The other Napoleon was placed a few yards one side, just below our line of battle.
The rest of the artillery was on an eminence to the left ofourteen out of sixteen men manning the section of Demeritt's battery were killed or wounded, among them Lieut. C. S. Contee, commanding the section, as also Lieut. Col. Andrews.
The remaining members of this section staid at their posts, and, assisted by Lieut. R. W. McKim, Gen. G. H. Stuart's A. D. C., and Lieut. John Morgan, 1st