Would Sooner break his sword.
replied that Colonel Peters
had correctly understood the order.
then remarked to General Johnson
that he would not obey the order—that he would break his sword, and throw it away, before he would obey it, as there were only defenseless women and children in Chambersburg
He was then directed by General Johnson
to collect his men and withdraw them from the city.
This was done.
assembled his regiment one and a half miles from Chambersburg
While there he received a written communication from General McCausland
inquiring whether he had understood the order given by the latter, and if so, why it had not been obeyed.
replied in writing that he had understood the order, but had resolved not to obey it, and had so stated to General Johnson