militia and did not know how to fight, and would run at the first charge, but as soon as we fired our first volley, they knew mighty well that, ‘You uns wan't no militia,’ and the first thing they asked when they saw the crosses we wore, was, ‘Where did you uns come from?
Is you everywhere?’
They told us that they were outnumbered and outflanked, and the new troops did not hold their ground.
They made as good a fight as possible under the circumstances, (a fact that General Gordon
fully acknowledges). If we had been there, we could have whipped the Rebels
, and now that we were together again we were anxious to get at them and show them that we could.”
Part of the 19th Corps under General Emory
joined us at Clark's Gap and a cavalry engagement of some importance was fought in our front.
We advanced again on the 17th along the Snickerville Pike
through the gap and to Snickerville Ford on the Shenandoah River
Here the 19th Corps, under General Emory
, joined the army.
Twice the regiment crossed the river and advanced without serious opposition some distance into the valley.
The result of these observations convinced General Grant
had been called back to Petersburg
, by General Lee
, and he ordered the 6th and 19th Corps to report as soon as possible at Petersburg
This left the 8th Corps under General Crook
in the valley.
While the two corps were resting and being provided with new clothing at Georgetown
attempted to advance up the valley from Harper's Ferry
, and was met with a stubborn resistance by a superior force and driven back.
It was soon evident that Early
with an increased force was still in the valley and bent upon more mischief.
The 6th and 19th Corps were therefore ordered back through the villages of Maryland
, north of the Potomac