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Broad Run, and held the bridge and fords at the mills. At the same time a column of infantry coming in on my right from the direction of Auburn, threw out skirmishers and attacked my column. I sent out the 5th New York to old them in check, which was successfully done. I sent forward my wagons, artillery and the rest of column to the left, with instructions to cross Broad Run and make toward Hay Market, and then attacked and drove back the rebel cavalry that wrer charging my rear. This done, I moved across Broad Run and through the fields and roads toward Hay Market. I struck the pike from Gainesville, through Thoroughfare Gap, about a mile below Hay Market, just in time to check Lee's cavalry, which were coming down through the Gap to cut off my brigade. I at once placed my guns in position, and rallying my command, met and drove back his attack. * * * I then fell back to Gainesville and went into camp. Maj. Van Vorhis, of the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry (Co. K), who fell badly wounded while gallantly charging at the head of his regiment at Brandy Station. * * *

    Capt. Henry J. Blough's company, transferred from the James River to the Shenandoah Valley, under Gen. Sheridan, First Brigade, Third Division, Cavalry Corps. The itinerary of Co. K, 18th Pennsylvania.

    Thursday, Aug. 4, 1864. Command relieved from picket on left of army near Jerualem plank road.
    Aug. 5. Marched to City Point and began embarking.
    Aug. 9. Whole brigade had arrived at Giesborough Point, D. C.
    Aug. 12. Broke camp and marched to the Shenandoah Valley, via Leesburg and Snicker's Gap.
    Aug. 17. Reached Winchester and covered the rear of the Sixth Corps, then falling back toward Berryville; had a hot fight, at the close of which we fell back to Summit Point, where the enemy attacked us on Aug. 21, and we fell back to Charlestown.
    Monday, Aug. 22. Were again attacked, and after a sharp skirmish, fell back on our infantry at Halltown and took position on the extreme right.
    Thursday, Aug. 25. Made a reconnoissance to Kearneyville in connection with the Second Brigade, Third Cavalry Division, and were also joined by the First Cavalry Division. Met a large force of the enemy immediately on crossing the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, which consisted of Breckinridge's Corps and some cavalry; a severe engagement ensued, at the close of which the enemy developed his force, compelling a retreat, which we accomplished in good order and very leisurely. On the following night (25-26) crossed into Maryland, marching to Boonsborough on the 26th, and leaving regiments to picket the fords at Antietam and Sharpsburg.

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