aissons, we naturally suppose ourselves and neighbors hopelessly cut off. But soon a staff officer appears galloping down the road, at which Lieut. Granger declares that he will take the risk and responsibility of withdrawing—the risk of encountering the enemy, and the responsibility of leaving without orders, as there is no one present from whom to receive them.
So the drivers and cannoneers are mounted, and the horses are started to the rear on the gallop.
Four men, Sergt. Townsend, Corp. Clark, George H. Putnam, and the writer, remained behind to take Lieut. Smith from the field.
He was lying in a corner of the barn already referred to, and on hearing our intentions, tells us to look out for ourselves and not mind him, as he cannot live long.
But we resolve to take him with us or remain with him, and proceed to place him on a blanket.
As we attempt to carry him it causes him such intense suffering that we desist and cast about for a stretcher.
We find one standing by the ro