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[269] side, actually checking their advance. This shows how closely the corps was invested at this time.

On arrival at Catlett's the division halted until the First was able to get away from the enemy and join them. Thus far the Nineteenth regiment had met no loss, although several times under fire. The regiments had started out on the 12th with boxes full of ammunition and twenty rounds in knapsacks, with five days rations on the person in addition to their ordinary equipment. Gen. Walker says: ‘All the diminution that had occurred in their heavy burden being in the hard tack and salt pork eaten at two or three short halts or gnawed or nibbled on the march.’

On the arrival of the First Division, the line of march was taken up for Bristoe Station; the Second Division, commanded by Gen. Webb, with two batteries of artillery, taking the northwesterly side of the railroad; the Third Division, under Gen. Alexander Hayes, taking the south-easterly side, and the First Division, under Caldwell as rear guard. Col. Mallon commanded the third brigade of the Second Division, in which was the Nineteenth, commanded by Col. Wass. The column moved rapidly on, every man intent on getting as far ahead as possible. There was no voluntary straggling.

Of the battle at Bristoe Station, First Sergt. Milton Ellsworth of Co. C, says:

The 59th New York, of our brigade, was deployed on the left as flankers, to watch for the rebels, who were expected to appear at any time. When the column crossed Kettle's Run, the flankers were drawn in and did not go out again after crossing, probably thinking it unnecessary. After marching quietly along for some time, with our left flank thus unguarded, I saw some men marching along, dressed in blue, where our flankers should have been. Knowing that we had none out, I at once suspected them of being rebel skirmishers, disguised as Union men. I called the company commander's attention to them, asking who he thought they were. He said ‘Flankers.’ I said that these were drawn in when we crosssed the stream. He acknowledged that this was so and, looking back, saw the 59th New York following.

At this moment an aide of Gen. Webb's staff was passing

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