a battle would probably have been precipitated, in which the advantage of numbers might have achieved for us a decided success.
But the Fates had decreed otherwise, and during the night of the 8th the enemy retreated across the Rapidan, leaving us to take quiet possession of the region they had occupied.
Battery left Fairfax Station.
Oct. 20. One dark gray horse died on the road, wounded.
Arrived at Catlett Station.
Oct. 22. Privates Starkweather and Apthorp report for duty; Wm. H. Trefry reported to quarters.
Oct. 23. One horse reclaimed by Lieut. Dauch (?) which was one of the horses turned in to the Battery (See morning report of Oct. 4, 1863.) Six horses shot, by order of Dr. Benson. Four horses unserviceable.
Sergeant Chandler Gould reported to quarters.
Serg't C. Gould and Private F. A. Chase reported for duty.
Oct. 26. Wm. H. Trefry reported for duty.
Asa L. Gowell and Elias Ashcroft reported to qu