her hour in resting and careless carousing at a tavern.
From Colonel Sterett's regiment General Stricker had sent forward companies led by Captains Levering and Howard, 150 in number, and commanded by Maj. R. K. Heath.
They were accompanied by Asquith's (and a few other) riflemen, seventy in number, a small piece of artillery, and some cavalry, under Lieutenant Stiles.
They met the British advancing at a point about 7 miles from Baltimore.
Two of Asquith's riflemen, concealed in a hollow, fAsquith's riflemen, concealed in a hollow, fired upon Ross and Cockburn as they were riding ahead of the troops, when the former fell from his horse, mortally wounded, and died in the arms of his favorite aide, Duncan McDougall, before his bearers reached the boats.
The command now devolved on Col. A. A. Brooke.
Under his direction the entire invading force pressed forward, and, at about 2 P. M. (Sept. 12), met the first line of General Stricker's main body, when a severe
John Stricker. combat began.
The battle raged for twohours,