fired the first gun. Having promptly sent off the prisoners and property, I was prepared for them.
I retired from the town and fell back slowly towards Berryville, fighting the enemy all the way, from 10 o'clock till near sunset.
My loss, as far as ascertained, is very small--five killed, three or four mortally, and 15 or 20 wounded, more or less.
Capt. Colman will lose an army and Captain Cumnel was badly shot in the hip. I think a few, 10 or 15 broken down men, who straggled behind, were captured.
We killed and wounded dreadfully several of the enemy in the Court-House, including the Adjutant of the 9th Md.; and in the fight along the road the enemy's loss was considerable, as we ambuscaded them several times with good effect.
I marched nearly all night, and reached the river here at daybreak.
It was quite full, but I have effected a safe crossing of the north branch. Very respectfully,Your obedient servant, J. D. Imsoden, Brig. Gen'l. Official: John Withers, A. A. G.