amunkey, and a detachment hurried off to seize and burn two or three transports lying in the river.
Soon a dense cloud rose from them, the flames soared up, and the column pushed on. Everywhere were seen the traces of flight — for the alarm of hornets in the hive was given.
Wagons had turned over, and were abandoned-from others the excellent army stores had been hastily thrown.
This writer got a fine red blanket, and an excellent pair of cavalry pantaloons, for which he still owes the United States.
Other things lay about in tempting array, but we were approaching Tunstall's, where the column would doubtless make a charge; and to load down a weary horse was injudicious.
The advance guard was now in sight of the railroad.
There was no question about the affair before us. The column must cut through, whatever force guarded the railroad; to reach the lower Chickahominy the guard here must be overpowered.
Now was the time to use the artillery, and every effort was made to hurry it