force of infantry advancing, which proved to be the troops of Ewell's corps who had crossed the Ny River.
In the vicinity of the Harris house, about a mile east of the Ny, I found General Tyler's division posted on the Fredericksburg road, with Kitching's brigade on his left.
By Meade's direction Hancock had been ordered to send a division to move at double-quick to Tyler's support, and Warren's Maryland brigade arrived on the ground later.
The enemy had made a vigorous attack on Tyler and KiKitching, and the contest was raging fiercely along their lines.
I rode up to Tyler, who was an old army friend, found him making every possible disposition to check the enemy's advance, and called out to him: Tyler, you are in luck to-day.
It is n't every one who has a chance to make such a debut on joining an army.
You are certain to knock a brevet out of this day's fight.
He said: As you see, my men are raw hands at this sort of work, but they are behaving like veterans.
Hancock had arr