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ederalists advanced once more.
Again the line of the enemy appeared in front, and delivered fire.
The Zouaves, as they are called, and the 11th New York, which were on the flank, fell into confusion not to be rallied, and eventually retired from the field in disorder, to use the mildest term, with a contagious effect on their comrades, and with the loss of the guns which they were supporting.
Nothing would, or could, or did stop them.
In vain they were reminded of their oaths to avenge Ellsworth's death.
Their flag was displayed to the winds — it had lost its attractions.
They ran in all directions with a speed which their fortune favored.
I tell the tale as it was told to me by one who had more to do with them, and had better opportunity of witnessing their conduct than I had; for, as I have already stated in a previous letter, I was late on the ground, and had not been able to see much ere the retreat was ordered.
Though I was well mounted, and had left Washington with the i