ery, Andrews's battalion of Johnson's division, suffered most loss.
The Second North Carolina battalion of Daniel's brigade loss two hundred out of two hundred and forty men, killed and wounded, without yielding an inch of ground at any time.
Back to Darksville.
By order of the commanding General, the Third Corps was to move at dark on July 4th, and the First Corps to follow with the prisoners — mine being the rear-guard.
Next day, the 3d, was to take the rear, etc. At 10 A. M. on the 5th, the other corps were not all in the road, and consequently mine did not take up the march till near noon, and only reach Fairfield at 4 P. M. Here the enemy, who had been threatening our rear, and occasionally opening a fire of artillery on the rear-guard (Gordon's brigade of Early's division), showed more boldness in attacking, throwing out a line of skirmishers over a mile in length.
They were repulsed, and a battery which was shelling our column driven off. We encamped for the night on a
g by another road, we were still in the rear; Rodes's division acting as rear-guard and repelling another attack of the enemy.
The Forty-Fifth North Carolina of Daniel's brigade being summoned to surrender, attacked the troops making the summons, and drove them out of a wood in which they were posted.
The enemy did not follow much beyond Fairfield.
The road was again blocked till noon.
That night we encamped near Waynesboroa, and reached Hagerstown about noon of the 7th of July.
On the 11th we were moved into line between Hagerstown and Williamsport, our right joining the left of the Third Corps, and began fortifying; and in a short time my men were well protected.
Their spirits were never better than at this time, and the wish was universal that the enemy would attack.
On the night of the 14th I was ordered with my infantry and artillery to ford at Williamsport, the ammunition chests going in the ferry-boat.
I could find no ferry-boat nor any one in charge — it was dark and