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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