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column was attacked, but without any loss on our side; seventeen of the enemy was captured.
    June 3, Friday. Received orders to march at 5 the next morning.
    June 4. Left camp at 5 a. m.; turned off the main pike to the left, crossed over high ground. During the day we passed a court house in the woods; it seemed to be a lonesome place. We arrived at Port Republic at 9 p. m. and camped for the night.
    June 5, Sunday. The first brigade under Col. Moore met the enemy near New Hope church, or as some call it Piedmont, and he was soon engaged; three or four charges were made by this gallant brigade, but it had to come back every time in a murderous fire. At 1 p. m. the second brigade, consisting of three regiments---the 54th P. V., 12th W. Va. and 1st Mass. --- was brought from the left of the line and ordered to charge the works, which it did in fine style; pausing not for an instant we scaled the breastworks, and used our muskets for clubs, and a hand-to-hand encounter ensued. About this time the Confederate General William E. Jones fell, pierced with a minie ball through his head, while he was trying to rally his men. This small brigade held the ground. The loss in our company was two killed and twenty-seven wounded. The loss in the regiment was thiry killed and wounded, and forty slightly wounded. Adjutant William Horace Rose was among the latter. We camped for the night on the field; we slept on the Johnnies' blankets and ate their corn cakes. We were on the extreme left. Lieut. R. P. Robinson captured a colonel. Thomas Evans of Co. D wrested a battle flag from the color-bearer.
    June 6. At 7 a. m. we took up our line of march, feeling as happy as a big sunflower. We proceeded a short distance when cheer after cheer came forth all along the line; what do you think it was?---an American flag floating from a log hut on the left side of road between the battle field of Piedmont and Staunton: an unusual thing to see in that forsaken country, saving with our own troops. We arrived at Staunton at 5 p. m. and camped for the night west of the town.
    June 7. The entire column moved at 10 a. m., going about six miles, then we returned to Staunton at 4 p. m.
    June 8. The Fifty-fourth marched down to the depot; returned at 3 p. m. Gen. Crook and Gen. Averell with their forces arrived at Staunton to take part in the raid.
    June 9. Col. J. M. Campbell assumed command of the Third brigade of Gen. Crook's division. Gen. Hunter now pushed his command forward by the way of Middlebrook and Brownsburg toward Lynchburg; the enemy steadily contesting the way.
    June 10. column moved at 5 a. m. About eight miles from Staunton we found the enemy, and at times had sharp skirmishing. At one time we moved into column ready to form a line

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