efficient and gallant conduct of the staff officers with me, Captain R. Taylor, A. A. general, and First Lieutenant Richard Walke, ordnance of my pickets (infantry) came running from the canal in front of Dr. Taylor's, to report to me that the enemy were advancing up the road betwstant. Gathering in my pickets along the canal and at the dam above Taylor's — in all less than twenty men — they were deployed as skirmishers on the crest of the hill in front of Dr. Taylor's, and near the canal.
Two rifle pieces of Huger's battery, already prepared to move to Chanlle, were ordered into position in the battery across the road form Taylor's. While these dispositions were being made, our infantry were seene intention of the enemy, and ordered them in the ravine opposite Dr. Taylor's, where they would be near, and yet out of sight.
I now rode d all moved to the rear on the river road, half a mile in rear of Dr. Taylor's, where they were halted for a few minutes.
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