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own, pushed the enemy's pickets to the edge of town, and would have driven them farther, but for fear of drawing the enemy's fire on the town. The rest of the division, consisting of Smith's Hays's, and Hoke's brigades, were now engaged in the execution of the flank movement. Meantime General Johnston moved a portion of his division across the Millwood road, and threw out a line of skirmishers, so as to divert attention from Early's operations. These skirmishers were commanded by Lt. Col. H. J. Williams, who was severely wounded after a conspicuous display of gallantry. With a single line of skirmishers he more than once repulsed the enemy's heavy line of battle, supported by artillery. This line of skirmishers unflinchingly maintained their position until dark. About an hour before sunset, on the evening of the 14th of June, Gen. Early, without encountering scout or picket, was in easy cannon range of the enemy's work, which it was his purpose to assault. He at once set to
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