Major-General Wesley Merritt, colonel Fifth Cavalry, superintendent United States Military Academy, writes me, April 8th, 1885:
The cavalry remained, with you in immediate command, on that portion of the field, until after midnight on the 27th of June, 1862.
It provided litter-bearers and lantern-bearers for our surgeons who went over the field of battle, succoring and attending the wounded. . . . The cavalry was the last force to leave the field and to cross the Chickahominy,
Major William It. Powell, of the 4th Regular Infantry, wrote to the Editors on September 8th, 1885: Probably not much credit attaches to the particular organized force which was the last to cross the Chickahominy River after the battle of Gaines's Mill; but in order to settle the question I desire to state that the cavalry was not the last to cross the river — even if they did leave at the time General Merritt states.
The 4th United States Infantry was the last organization which crossed, and that re