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History of Cambria County, V.2

marched 13 miles, when I halted and bivouacked, and on the following morning
    18th, Monday, at 7 o'clock, started for Williamsburg (17 miles), which point I reached at 1:30 p.m. and went into camp outside of the town.
    19th, Tuesday. At 10:45, I broke camp and marched to within 2 miles of Yorktown.
    20th, Wednesday. At 10 o'clock a.m., marched to Yorktown, and went into camp outside the intrenchments. At 8 p.m. we received orders to be prepared to embark on transports during the night, and to have two days' rations cooked immediately: at 7:30 o'clock on the morning of the 21st my command embarked on the steamship Baltic and the steamer Vanderbilt and at 2:30 p.m. all were aboard. We sailed that afternoon at 6 o'clock.
    22d August, Friday. On the afternoon of the 22d the Baltic ran aground and a lighter coming up, I sent off the 5th and 7th New Jersey volunteers * * * with instructions to report at Aquia Creek.
    23d, Saturday. The Baltic unable to get off, the remainder of my command with me was transferred to the steamship Cahawba. At Aquia Creek, I was ordered by Gen. Hooker to proceed to Alexandria, where we arrived at 6 o'clock. All camp equipage and baggage was discharged by 8:30 p.m., and the men remained aboard during the night.
    24th Sunday. We disembarked at 7 a.m. and marched to the suburbs of the city and encamped. At 2:30 p.m. the 115th Pennsylvania (Co. D) and the 8th New Jersey reported having an hour previous disembarked from the steamer Vanderbilt. At 3 p.m. the location of the camp was changed 2 miles farther from the city, near the railroad.
    26th, Tuesday. My brigade (115th P.V.) was transported by rail to Warrenton Junction (40 miles), where we arrived at 6 o'clock and bivouacked.
    BRISTOE STATION, Wednesday, August 27, 1862. At 3 a.m. of the 27th I received orders to be prepared to march at 6 o'clock, and one hour alter received orders to march at 7 a.m. which order was promptly carried into effect. My field and staff officers were all dismounted, in consequence of having left their horses at Alexandria, to be transported on the following day. I took up the line of march toward Manassas Junction on line with the railroad, and after proceeding about 4 miles we came in sight of the enemy.
    My brigade being in the advance, I threw out skirmishers from the Second New York and formed two lines of battle They advanced about 1 mile, the enemy retreating. At 2:30 p.m., when within one-half mile of Bristoe Station, my skirmishers engaged those of the enemy. I formed line of battle with the 2d New York and the 5th and 8th New Jersey Volunteers and

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