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HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 261
diately sent a battalion of the 2d New York to clear out the enemy on the north bank and connect with Gen. Gregg by patrols, to throw up rifle pits for his carbines and hold these fords at all hazards. In the evening the pickets were driven back. I should state that the north bank of the Rapidan here is entirely commanded by the south bank, which rises abruptly from the river to a great height, and from the narrowness of the river, within short range of the other side.
    Wednesday, Sept. 16. At daylight I directed that the outposts along the whole line should be pushed to the river and to clear every enemy from the north bank. This was most successfully done by Capt. Griggs on my right, who drove them across the river and to clear every enemy from the north bank. This was most successfully done by the Capt. Griggs on my right, who drove them across the river, excepting a party stationed at Robertson's house, who had a position he could not take. At the ford first alluded to the enemy made a determined resistance, and crossing a regiment of infantry, made a brisk attack on my lines, and for a few moments it seemed that the battalion on duty there would be driven back. Fortunately, at this moment they were reinforced by another battalion, led by Capt. Hasty, 2d New York, who sprang from their saddles and rushed to the assistance of their comrades. This held the enemy in check, and within five minutes, the brave 1st West Virginia, supported by a section of Lieut. Counselman's battery, was galloping to the scene of conflict. They dismounted, formed, deployed as skirmishers and advanced across the field. In less time than I have taken in writing this the enemy were driven across the river in confusion. Just before sunset the enemy succeeded with oxen in getting four guns in position on the summit and opened a heavy fire with shells upon the woods where my reserves were stationed. This was replied by Lieut. Counselman, who, with a well directed shot blew up a limber chest, when they retired.
    Thursday, Sept. 17. Before daylight I took a section of artillery and masked it in the woods on the party at the Robertson house. As the day broke I opened on them with the guns. Two shells sufficed to drive them across the river, and we had the position. From this time until we were relieved by the infantry all was quiet, excepting an occasional shot.
    Tuesday, Sept. 22. Gen. Davies, bridgade commander, states: My bridgade (Co. K) crossed the Rapidan at White's Ford, and moved forward in columns to the turnpike between Madison Court House and Gordonsville. On approaching the road the advance struck the enemy's column moving toward Gordonsville. They were evidently aware of our approach, as we were instantly opened on by two pieces of artillery and found skirmishers dismounted and hidden by the side of the road. Our position was unfortunate, in a dense wood, where no formation was practicable. Gen. Kilpatrick directed me to hold my ground as long as practicable, to give time for withdrawing the artillery and the rest of the command (Co. K) to a more favor-


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