ries well posted on the east side.
To dislodge that force I put a number of batteries into action, including the Washington Artillery, and, later, part of the reserved battalion under Colonel S. D. Lee.
The combat consumed much of the day of the 23d, when the enemy withdrew from that bank and burned some of the dwellings as he left.
Riding along the line of batteries during the combat, we passed a soldier-lad weeping over his brother, who had just been killed; just then a shell came screa, and was further hampered by instructions from the Washington authorities to hold his Fredericksburg connections and fight like the devil.
(It may have been fortunate for the Confederates that he was not instructed to fight like Jackson.) On the 23d he was informed of strong reinforcements to reach him at Warrenton Junction on the next day, and that larger forces would be shipped him on the 24th, to join him on the 25th.
Nevertheless, he began to realize, as he felt Jackson's march to his
y forward as McLaws's attack opened, so that the entire line would engage and hold to steady work till all the works were carried.
After consulting his officers, General McLaws reported that they preferred to have daylight for their work.
On the 23d reports came of a large force of the enemy at Kingston advancing.
General Wheeler was sent with his main force of cavalry to look after them.
He engaged the enemy on the 24th, and after a skirmish withdrew.
Soon afterwards, receiving orders froen back with a loss of some prisoners and a number of killed and wounded.
General Wofford's loss was five wounded, two mortally.
Our cavalry, except a brigade left at Kingston, resumed its position on the left of our line on the 26th.
On the 23d a telegram came from General Bragg to say that the enemy had moved out and attacked his troops at Chattanooga.
Later in the day he announced the enemy still in front of him, but not engaging his forces.
On the 25th I had a telegram from Gener