a consequence, the loss of officers and men on both sides is very heavy.
The enemy's pickets were first encountered a little east of the village by companies H and M, of the Second New-York (Harris Light) cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant Dan Whitaker, and were by them driven through the town back to a ridge of hills half a mile to the west, extending across from the Middleburgh and Snicker's Gap road, where the rebel force was in position ready for action.
The advance brigade under misconduct in the fight of last week, at Brandy Station.
He ordered them to charge into the valley and secure the haystacks; the ditch or ravine at the rear of the position had not then been discovered.
Companies H and M, accompanied by Lieutenants Whitaker, Raymond, Martinson, Homan, and Stuart, moved off down the Middleburgh road, the fence to the right was quickly thrown down, and, with a dash, this forlorn hope rushed up to the hay-stacks.
For the first time their fire was opened from th