s soon as these orders could be sent forward.
I repaired to Hampton for the purpose of having proper ambulances and wagons for the sick and wounded, intending to go forward and join the command.
While the wagous were going forward, a messenger came, announcing that the engagement had terminated, and that the troops were retiring in good order to camp.
I remained upon the ground at Hampton, personally seeing the wounded put in boats and towed round to the hospital, and ordering forward Lieut. Morfis, with two boat howitzers, to cover the rear of the returning column in case it should be attacked.
Having been informed that the ammunition of the artillery had been expended, and seeing the head of the column approach Hampton in good order, I waited for General Pierce to come up. I am informed by him that the dead and wounded had all been brought off, and that the return had be conducted in order, and without haste.
I learned from him that the men behaved with great steadiness, with t