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History of Cambria County, V.2

Martinsburg to Camp Piatt, 536 miles; Camp Piatt to Parkersburg, 70 miles; Parkersburg to Cumberland, 202 miles; Cumberland to Martinsburg, 82 miles; total, 890 miles.
    July 14. In camp and got orders to move at 7 p, m., but for some reason we remained all night.
    July 15. Our battery arrived. Moved at 4 p. m.
    July 16. Arrived at Harper's Ferry at 3:30 a. m. The Third Brigade left at 2 p. m., marched down the tow-path of the C & O. canal for about seven miles and crossed the river.
    July 17. Left at 2 a. m. and marched through Levitsville and halted for breakfast; met the first division at 2 p. m. at Snickersville.
    July 18. Left at 5 a. m. marched to Snicker's Gap, laid over on the south side of the gap until 2 p. m.; then marched through the gap and crossed the river about two miles below the ford; drove the enemy's pickets from the river, but at 5 p. m. became heavily engaged and we were greatly outnumbered as we were facing General Early's corps with one division. We recrossed the river at 7:30 p. m. Lieut. Col. Linton was in command of the regiment.
    July 19. In camp; brisk skirmishing all day on the river bank. Heavy cannonading in the valley.
    July 20. Heavy artillery firing along river. The 6th and 19th Corps commenced crossing the river at 10 a. m.; Heavy firing in the valley; at 5 p. m. all quieted down.
    July 22. Our corps, the 8th, began to march at 6 a. m., passed through Berryville at 10 a. m., arrived at Winchester at 4 p. m. Co.'s E and G put on picket at the right of Winchester pike near Milroy's ford.
    July 23. Skirmishing becoming brisk in the direction of Kernstown from 8 to 12; heavy artillery firing at intervals; at 4 p. m. a death-like stillness comes very suddenly.
    July 24, Sunday. Relieved of picket by Co. A. We started for the front; our little corps could not compete with Gen. Early's forces, and we were falling back toward Winchester; found our regiment at the fort. Our side lost heavily especially in officers, Col. Mulligan, our division commander, being mortally wounded while leading his command on a charge on horseback, and fell into enemy's hands, which placed Lieut. Col. Linton in command of the division. Capt. Suter of Co. A was in command of the brigade, and Capt. Long of Co. G was in charge of the regiment. This left all the companies in charge of lieutenants and sergeants. We were outflanked on both flanks and our division cut in two parts; our part could not reach the pike and we were obliged to take to the woods. Darkness and the rain made it so that we just had to feel our way through. Col. Linton's horse fell and threw the colonel, breakin his collar bone, but with assistance he struck the pike at Bunker Hill; the regiment was much scattered and in small

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