He was soon well and discharging his duties again.
In a few days General Banks
's retreat commenced.
describes the part taken by his company in this, in a letter written at Williamsport
on May 27, 1862:—
I hope you have received the letter I wrote yesterday, but I suppose you would like to have a more particular account of our fight.
I will begin from last Friday afternoon. Our company, as you know, was guarding a railroad bridge about three miles from Strasburg.
At a little after five o'clock, an orderly came down to us and said that the company guarding the bridge above us had been attacked by the enemy, and that a large body of them were advancing on us. We got our company in line immediately, and took the best position we could find.
After waiting about an hour, a regiment came up from Strasburg and reinforced the company above us. We then struck our tents and kept a strong guard all night.