So soon as Chapman discovered the strength of the enemy, he attempted to recall his men. They were flushed with the victory of their first onset, and hesitatingly obeyed the order of their commander to retreat.
But they soon realized the necessity of the movement, and alternately charging and retreating, pressed on all sides by overwhelming numbers, they made their way back to the foot of the mountain where they found a detachment of the 2d United States regulars, under command of Lieutenant Mc-Master, directly across their path.
Clustering together for a final rally they charged through this obstacle, killing a number of the Federals, among them the officer in command.
In these various encounters six of Chapman's men were unhorsed and captured.
After the fight was ended four of them were shot, and two were hung, with a label pinned upon them bearing the ominous words, Such is the fate of all of Mosby's men.
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