ery acting as infantry, Duncan's field battery and Eighth Infantry, Captains Charles May and Croghan Ker, with squadrons of dragoons, looking to the trains; the Third and Fourth Infantry, the Third Brigade, under Colonel John Garland.
That brigade, with the Fifth Regiment, the heavy guns, and Ringgold's, were of the right wing, General Twiggs commanding.
Other forces of the left were under Colonel William G. Belknap, Eighth Infantry, and Duncan's Battery.
As the lines deployed, Lieutenant J. E. Blake, of the Topographical Engineers, dashed forward alone, made a close inspection of the enemy's line with such lightning speed that his work was accomplished before the enemy could comprehend his purpose, rode back and reported to the commanding general.
He was one of the heroes of the day, but his laurels were enjoyed only a few hours.
As he took his pistol off at night he threw it upon the ground, and an accidental explosion of one of the charges gave him a mortal wound.