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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 265
    Sunday, Aug. 28. Recrossed the Potomac at Shepherdstown; marched to Charlestown and bivouacked.
    Friday, Sept. 2, 1864. The brigade (Co. K) moved from Charlestown, Va., to Berryville, and divided its time from that date to the 19th between picket duty and occasional scouts.
    Tuesday, 13. A reconnoissance was made across the Opequon creek toward Winchester over the Berryville pike, which resulted in the capture of the Eighth South Carolina Infantry, consisting of 14 commissioned officers, among them Col. Henagan, commanding the brigade, and 92 enlisted men; also the battle flag. Besides this, 2 commissioned officers and 35 enlisted men belonging to several regiments of Virginia cavalry were taken. * * *
    (Gen. Sheridan said of this affair; "Great credit is due to Gens. Wilson and McIntosh (Co. K). * * * The charge was a gallant one." He further stated that "McIntosh's brigade (Co. K) of cavalry dashed up the Winchester pike, drove the rebel cavalry at a run, came in contact with Kershaw's division, charged it, and then captured the regiment as referred to.")
    The Winchester Battle. Monday 19. At 2 a. m. the brigade (Co. K) left camp at Berryville, and meeting the enemy at the crossing of the Opequon, drove him some miles, when they were reinforced and succeeded in checking our farther advance. We held them, however, until the arrival of the infantry, when we were assigned a position on the left flank, from which we took an active part in the engagement throughout the day, and after the occupation of Winchester in the evening, charged the retreating columns of the enemy and followed them to the vicinity of Kearnstown.
    Wednesday, 21. Met the enemy near Front Royal and drove him to Milford, where they were strongly intrenched and held us during the next day and night.
    Friday, 23. Advanced again on this day, reaching New Market on the 25th, and Staunton on the 27th.
    Wednesday, 28. The enemy attacked us at Waynesborough and compelled us to fall back beyond Staunton to Middle River. Moved to Bridgewater, on the North river, and went into camp on the 30th; remained until Oct. 2, when we changed camp. Just after going into our new camp the Third New Jersey, then on picket, was attacked and driven across the river and through town in great confusion. The 2d New York charged the enemy and drove him back across the river, recapturing nearly all the prisoners taken and inflicting a severe loss on the enemy. They used artillery quite freely.
    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1864. The 5th New York was detailed to burn property in retaliation for the murder of Lieut. Meigs.
    Wednesday, 5. Remained in camp.
    Thursday, 6. Marched from Dayton on the Back road, burning barns and collecting all the cattle found, the enemy fol-


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