y step appearing to them to diminish the faintest hope of extrication.
Reports of the enemy's strength at Garlick's and Tunstall's were conflicting, but generally indicated a small number.
Prisoners were captured at every step and including officers, soldiers, and negroes.
The rear now became of as much interest and importance as the front, but the duties of rear guard devolving upon the Jeff.
Davis Legion, with the howitzer attached, its conduct was entrusted to its commander, Lieut. Col., Martin, in whose judgment and skill I had entire confidence.
He was not attacked, but at one time the enemy appeared in his rear bearing a flag of truce, and the party, twenty-five in number, bearing it, actually surrendered to his rear guard, so great was the consternation produced by our march.
An assistant surgeon was also taken — he was en routs, and not in charge of the sick.
Upon arriving opposite Garlick's. I ordered a squadron from the 9th Va. cavalry to destroy whatever could