ortunity, without exposing the assailants to the fire of the guns in position behind the intrenchments.
As the head of the division was approaching the intrenchment, sharp firing was heard on the left, which was afterwards ascertained to have been occasioned by a skirmish between the advance of Col. Miles' division and the Alabamians, who were in position there about two miles from the Court House.
The intrenchment encountered by Colonel Hunter's division was erected upon the farm of Mr. Seegur, an emigrant to Virginia from New York.
When it was first discovered a halt was called, and the advance brigade, under Colonel Burnside, was formed in close column and ordered to load.
This was done with alacrity, and the men, when ordered forward, pressed on eagerly, singing Dixie and The Star Spangled banner.
It was cheering to observe the enthusiasm exhibited by these volunteers, and quite amusing to hear their remarks, such as, We are going to open a mail route from Washington to Ri