That boy has since become known and honored by every comrade in Massachusetts
The friendship formed that day for George H. Patch
continued until his death, and the memory of that light-hearted, true soldier will be precious to me while life shall last.
Leaving the transports at Alexandria
, we first marched to Chain Bridge, then to Tenallytown
, Md. No one seemed to know where they wanted us. We went into camp and waited for orders, which, when received, were to march at once for Centreville
, to reinforce General Pope
At daybreak, August 30, we crossed the bridge at Georgetown
, and reached Fairfax Court House the next morning, having marched sixty-three miles in sixty-four successive hours.
It was the hardest march we had made,--twenty-four hours of the time it rained in torrents.
The shoes of the men were in bad condition; many marched bare-footed, and it was impossible for them to keep in the ranks.
We did not have a hundred men in the ranks when we reached the line of battle.
At Fairfax Court House we found everything in confusion.
's army had been defeated at the second Bull Run
and were in full retreat.
Without time to make coffee we were ordered in, and deployed as skirmishers to the right of the town, as it was expected the rebel cavalry would attack the flank.
We remained in this position until the army had passed, when, with the 1st Minnesota, we were selected to cover the retreat.
The rebel cavalry came down on us, and we had some sharp fighting as we fell back.
At Flint Hill
we made a stand.
Night had come on and we did not care to be bothered with the rebels any longer.
The 1st Minnesota formed a V with two sections of Tompkins