over the route taken by Lieutenant Hume
, while the other regiments entered the fort by the left, each raising its flag.
The fort and the works around it were supposed to be very strong, with bomb-proof traverses and subterranean passages in which the men could be moved from one position to another without being seen from the Union
side, and with but little danger from their fire.
The ordnance which were believed to be cannon were ‘Quaker Guns’ made of logs, with the ends painted black.
Men of straw were found behind many of them, stationed as gunners.
Everything bore evidence of hasty departure.
Passing to the rear of the works, the regiment halted until the rest of the Brigade came up, when it moved forward in line of battle, each regiment marching by division front, ready to deploy at the first intimation of danger.
Skirmishers were well advanced with a strong reserve.
About a mile from the fort the skirmishers found and exchanged shots with those of the enemy in the edge of the wood.
The line had been advancing mostly over open ground and as they neared the woods, the enemy's rear guard fired upon them and hurriedly fled.
The brigade immediately deployed into line and on reaching the woods, halted.
The rebel rear guard, judging from appearances, had halted here to cook their dinner, seemingly unaware that they were so soon to be disturbed, for they had been forced to leave their dinner just as it was. The men found Dutch
ovens in which meat was roasting or biscuit baking, most of it being ready to eat. Frying pans, with bacon frying in them, were on the fire.
This was a different bill of fare from what the regiment had been living on and it was soon made good use of. The men finished ‘Johnnies'’ dinner and enjoyed it very much.
There seemed to be an abundance of food, and the enemy certainly had not been on short rations.
In the advance to the woods the regiment passed the former residence of the rebel general Hill
The Union signal corps used it for a station during the day and were establishing themselves there as the regiment passed.
On one of the tents in the deserted camp in the woods was written the legend, ‘He that fights and runs away, will live to fight another day. May 3rd.’