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e balance of the command had gone some distance up the mountain. On getting within a few miles of Beverly, the General was informed that the road had been blockaded, and he then determined to proceed through Tucker and Preston and into Hardy, and having passed the road that led that way, we reversed the order of march, which threw my regiment to the front, which order was preserved during the day, except that Colonel Hansbrough's Battalion passed us to the front. That night we camped on Cheat river, and next morning Col. Hassorough, Col. Jackson, and myself were marched in front of the train. Gen. Garnett, now anticipating an attack from Gen. Hill, (as I understood,) also placed Capt. Shoemaker with his battery in front of the train. We were now upon a narrow, mountainous country road, and with a long train of wagons our line was necessarily extended for a considerable distance. Col. Tallaferro's Virginia and Col. Ramsey's Georgia Regiments were in the rear of the train. Dur
The retreat from Laurel Hill[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.] Monterey July 25, 1861. After the battle of Cheat river, your correspondent noted as rear guard, which gave him an opportunity of witnessing many scenes of distress. The foot soldiers, who were exhausted by extraordinary labor — some of them quite worn out before they left Laurel Hill — were scattered along the roadside in great numbers. About ten miles from the battle-field, I saw a soldier standing in perplexity and distress — He appealed to me to advice him; said he was wounded, and could proceed no further.--I called to the lady of the house, in whose yard he was standing, and told her to promise to dress his wound and to attend to him. Manifesting the deepest interest, she said she would, and if the enemy passed she promised to conceal him. The young man's name is Overton, from Amelia. As I rode on, my attention was arrested by a scene of deep interest to me. A baggage wagon had been abandoned; in<