cause of the falling back of the 23d), and here halted and had picked men as videttes to reconnoitre and see all they could.
Finding out about the line of battle behind the railroad, I sent General J. a message that if I advanced I would expose my men to an enfilade fire, and that if he would dislodge the line of battle behind the railroad I could take the house without loss of men. I never heard from General J. In the meantime, the fight was going on on the other side between Wallace (of Ben Hur fame) and Gordon.
Three lines of battle engaged Gordon's one, and now Wallace begins to retreat.
His men on our side then had to cross over quickly or be taken.
I moved forward, and as we struck the bridge on our side the enemy was clearing it on the other side.
The retreat and pursuit began, which continued for about two miles. We then advanced as far as Blair's farm, in full view of Washington city, but soon deemed it wise to come back into Virginia.
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