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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
mmendation of words. Pursuit was feeble, for the bulk of Early's cavalry, under Johnson, was then marching on Baltimore by the Liberty road, and the remainder, under McCausland, were too badly cut up in the fight, for any vigorous action after it. Wallace warmly commended the gallantry of Colonel Clendennin, who, he said, was as true a cavalry soldier as ever mounted a horse. He was cut off from the main body at the time of Ricketts's retreat. Throwing his followers into the village of Urbana, he there repeatedly repulsed the pursuing cavalry, and in one bold charge, saber in hand, he captured the battle-flag of the Seventeenth Virginia. The fugitive army was joined by Ricketts's three absent regiments at New-market, and covered the retreat of the wearied troops; and at the distance of twelve miles from the field of strife, the whole army bivouacked. Battle of the Monocacy. So ended the battle of the Monocacy, in the ultimate defeat of the few National troops there engage