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ently rested in camp near Millwood and Berryville, crossed the Potomac, the Third corps at Shepherdstown, the First at Williamsport — the Comir.anding-General being with the latter, and my duties lying near him.
On Wednesday, 1st July, Chambersburecond corps, were detailed to report to General Imboden at Cash Town, and aid in guarding the main wagon train back to Williamsport.
The battalions generally remained in position most of the day. Nothing, however, was attempted by the enemy.
That nenemy's country infested by cavalary detachments, the batteries accompanying General Imboden arrived with the train at Williamsport late on the 5th, and on the 6th did excellent service in repelling an attack of the enemy.
On the 7th the artillery fortified line of battle, whose left rested on heights west of Hagerstown, and right on the Potomac, some miles below Williamsport.
In full expectation of a decisive battle here, the army was by the Commanding-General called upon for its utmost e
re at Gettysburg, because, in a spirit of magnanimity which has excited the highest admiration both in this country and in Europe, he said on the field of Gettysburg, It is all my fault, as he had said in like spirit to Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville, The victory is yours, not mine, will excite only surprise and not carry conviction to the minds of the old soldiers of General Lee, who knew the General's habit of self-depreciation.
The effort must therefore fail in its purpose.
Now le you were generally recognized as exercising a general command for the fight by me, and the other commands I was in contact with.
Similar authority was frequently conferred on you — for instance, at Ashby's Gap, Downesville, and notably at Chancellorsville.
Colonel W. M. Owens, then Colonel Walton's own adjutant, writes me that late on the night of July 2d, he found wagon and Colonel Walton on Cashtown road; slept until dawn; firing heard on right; saddled and rode to front.
Firing was from