rried away a corner of the first:
H. Q. Corps of [Here the bullet struck and a word is missing.] Edwards' Ferry, October 21, 1861. Col. E. D. Baker, Corn. of Brigade:
Colonel: In case of heavy firing in front of Harrison's Island, you will advance the California regiment of your brigade, or retire the regiments under Cols. Lee and Devens, now on the [almost rendered illegible by blood] Virginia side of the river, at your discretion — assuming command on arrival.
Very respectfully, Col., your most obt. servt., Chas. P. Stone, Brigadier-General Commanding.
The second order which follows, was delivered on the battle-field by Col. Coggswell, who said to Col. Baker, in reply to a question what it meant, All right, go ahead.
Thereupon Col. Baker put it in his hat without reading.
An hour afterward he fell:
Headquarters Corps of observation, Edwards' Ferry, Oct. 22--11.50. E. D. Baker, Commanding Brigade:
Colonel: I am informed that the force of the enemy is about