reported the enemy following our forces without order.
The regiment was then directed to give nine loud cheers to make it appear we were receiving reinforcements.
In line of battle faced to the rear the Fifty-fourth then marched off the field, stopping every two or three hundred yards and retiring again.
The enemy did not follow closely, but some of their cavalry were on the right flank.
Stray cannon-shots and musket-balls occasionally fell about.
After thus moving back some considerable distance the Fifty-fourth, passing through woods, came in sight on the left of part of a regiment armed with breech-loaders.
This body of men retired, and soon another body of men was encountered, which also retired.
At last the regiment came up with Seymour
's main force, where Colonel Hallowell
found it, and assumed command.
Before the Fifty-fourth retired, the boxes of unused ammunition of the wrong calibre were thrown into mudholes.
also sent on before his only ambulance with wounded officers and men. Lieutenant Leonard
, when leaving the field, found Adjutant Manning
, First North Carolina, helplessly wounded; so swinging his friend upon his back, he carried him to a point of safety.
, wounded in the head, set out toward Sanderson
, but soon fell exhausted beside the road, unable to make himself known.
Lieut. Lewis Reed
, passing by, recognized him, and had him placed on a cart.
relates that Colonel Hallowell
had, in charge of a servant, a mule laden with his camp kit, etc., packed in two champagne baskets.
Upon going to the rear, some guards would not allow the servant and his mule to pass.
The servant pleaded with them, saying, ‘Gentlemen, for God's sake, let the mule go!’