time expired they marched home, General Patterson
and the remnant of his troops following in such temper as they might to the Maryland
having recrossed the Potomac
fell back to Winchester
, where he proceeded to organize his incongruous troops into brigades and divisions.
One brigade, the Fourth, was formed of the First Maryland, the Tenth and the Thirteenth Virginia and the Third Tennessee, and Col. Arnold Elzey
of the First Maryland was assigned to command it. The Fourth and Third brigades constituted a division under the command of Brig.-Gen. E. Kirby Smith
The field officers of the First Maryland were commissioned to date from June 17, 1861.
The first duty the regiment was set to perform under its new field officers was on the day after the arrival at Winchester
On June 19th, Lieutenant-Colonel Steuart
was directed to return to Harper's Ferry
by railroad train and complete the destruction of the shops and Federal property left on the evacuation of the 15th.
This duty Colonel Steuart
executed with great intelligence.
Instead of burning up a great magazine of seasoned and shaped gunstocks, which he found abandoned, he loaded the whole outfit on a train of cars and hauled them back with his command to Winchester
The service was so valuable and so exceedingly sensible that the commanding general rewarded it with a special order of approbation.
and the Marylanders enjoyed the unique distinction of being probably the only command that was ever decorated by a special order for disobedience of orders
. General Johnston
had sent them on this detail with distinct and positive orders to burn everything burnable.
They brought off a trainload of most valuable plunder, and the commanding general honored them thus: