's success, and darkness coming on, ended the day's fighting, and we were not engaged.
The next morning we went down the road and over the ground where the severest fighting had taken place, and saw many of our gallant fellows lying cold and stiff in death, as they had fallen.
Their dead also lay scattered about thickly showing the determination of our advance and the courage of their resistance.
The wounded had been gathered up, and taken to the hospital.
Our loss amounted to nearly three hundred killed and wounded. The killed were buried in an enclosure to the right of the road in front of Fort Stevens
, now a national cemetery, over which float the colors for which they gave their lives.”
says that the objects of this movement under Early
were two, first, to draw some of Grant
's troops from in front of Lee
, and second, the release of the Confederate
prisoners confined at Point Lookout
The capture of Washington
was not contemplated, and Early
was perplexed as to what to do, when his troops reached the outworks of the city.
He might have entered before the arrival of the 6th Corps, if he had desired to do so, for a portion of the works in his front was bare of defenders.
But all the facts seem to point to a different conclusion.
goes on to say that the first of these objects was attained, but it was found impossible to free the prisoners, and no attempt was made to reach them.
In the affair at Fort Stevens
only two divisions were engaged.
The 3d Division, which started from City Point
the day before the rest of the corps, was disembarked at Baltimore
and advanced from that city to Frederick City, where it joined the forces of General Lew Wallace
, and took part in the battle of the Monocacy
In this battle the small force of General Wallace
, by successful