farther to the south.
The march up the pass was very difficult and was rendered more so by a heavy rain, so that late in the night a halt had to be made to give the men time to eat and rest.
They were worn out by fatigue and hunger, and could not continue the ascent until rested and fed. The next morning the ascent was completed and the corps descended the western slope and in the vicinity of Middletown
rested and received the much needed supplies.
The advance continued until near Boonsborough
the enemy was again encountered.
Preparations for attack were made but the enemy retired without fighting.
Following at daybreak the next morning the advance soon found the enemy in position, and the 121st, or a part of it, was thrown out as skirmishers, and in the engagement that followed the enemy were driven back with slight loss to our forces.
On Sunday, the 12th of July, the enemy was again found in the vicinity of Williamsport
, entrenched and ready for battle with both flanks resting on the Potomac River
The Corps advanced, passed to the left of Funkstown
from which the enemy had precipitately retreated before our cavalry, and we soon found the main body of the enemy.
The deploying of the various commands for attack took considerable time and the little distance between the lines made the firing of the Confederate
skirmishers exceedingly annoying.
They were located in a wheatfield behind the shocks, and along a rocky ledge.
Three strong mortised fences and a field of standing wheat separated the opposing forces at one point.
About 5 P. M. Companies I and E of the 121st and a detachment of the 5th Maine were ordered on skirmish duty and Captain Cronkite
, being the senior officer
of the detail, reported for instructions to General Wright
then in command of the 1st Division.
The General led to the nearest elevation