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Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 7: the Gettysburg campaign (search)
nd the rain of the night and early morning greatly refreshed us, so that on the 18th of June when we moved out again it was with lighter steps and more cheerful feelings. The march that day was only continued until noon and ended at Fairfax Court House, where a halt of a week was made, and everything that could be spared was shipped to Washington, and the Corps was stripped to light marching order. On the 25th of June the regiment was sent in skirmish formation about three miles towards Leesburgh, through a rather difficult country and returned to camp very much fatigued. Colonel Cronkite calls this a skirmish drill, but it was probably a feeler to determine whether any large portion of the Confederate army was in the vicinity. If it was not near, evidently Lee had abandoned all hope of interposing between the Army of the Potomac and Washington, and had advanced into Maryland. Here (at Fairfax Court House) we gathered some idea of what was going on from the Washington newsp