was no relaxation of effort when the scorching sun of the 2d of July appeared to light another day's conflict on that field to which we were hastening.
Now was the test of physical vigor, —to keep the ranks and make the requisite time, wipe away the perspiration, grin, and endure.
So, for an hour after sunrise, men and horses well stood the test.
Then there was a brief rest to answer the calls of nature, after which regiments and batteries were speeding on. Now the column moved through Westminster, the town having been well waked up by the beat of hoofs and the tramp of feet.
Let us digress here a moment, to record to the honor of this town, that when once a Confederate force approached it with a demand for supplies for 15,000 men and the threat to destroy the town if they were withheld, the fathers asked for time to remove the women and children, as they declined to accede to the demand for supplies.
Fortunately, Union cavalry appearing at this juncture, the Confederates withd