dates of commission with Jones and Vaughn they were both found to be my seniors.
Jones, holding the oldest commission, took command.
On the 5th our forces were concentrated about half a mile north-east of the village of Piedmont.
Without going into details it suffices to say
Major-General George Crook.
Prom a photograph. now that battle was joined.
After repelling two assaults on his left wing, in which the brigade led by Brigadier-General R. B. Hayes, afterward President of the United States, bore a most conspicuous part, that wing was doubled up by a flank attack, Jones was killed, and we were disastrously beaten.
Our loss was not less than fifteen hundred men.
Our defeat opened the way to Hunter to effect a junction with Crook and Averell at Staunton on the 6th.
Their combined forces numbered about 18,000 men of all arms.
Vaughn and I fell back in good order, and on the 6th occupied Waynesboro‘, eleven miles east of Staunton, and the neighboring (Rockfish) gap in th