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of artillery planted on a little eminence in front of the town and commanding the pike.
On hearing this I formed a line of battle on each side of the pike and at once pushed my artillery to the front and opened on the town. The enemy evidently were very much surprised for they supposed we had no artillery with us, and after a dozen shots had been fired, one of which I regret to say, killed Corporal J. H. Hoagland, Co. F, 1st N. Y. they ceased. My skirmishers in the meantime advanced to reconnoiter the position of the enemy, and I soon learned the enemy were in full retreat. We at once dashed after them through the town and across the first bridge, when they again made a stand on the top of a hill.
We drove them from this and occupied it ourselves, the enemy occupying the hill beyond the bridge. Here we viewed each other for some time (the enemy having his artillery planted to sweep the only bridge by which the stream was passable, the banks being very steep all along), and unfortunately the topography of the country was such that we could not reach their guns with our own artillery until they were out of range.
I learned from prisoners that White and Gilmor's battalion and a portion of Imboden's were present, in all 800 men, and as they were likely to be re-enforced, I deemed it prudent not to pursue them any farther, as we were within 3 miles of New Market, and my horses were very much jaded. I rested for the night 2 miles this side of Woodstock.
As the head of the column was passing through Edenburg about 20 rebels dashed out of the woods and fired into the advance, but did no mischief: one of my men seeing them have blue coats on dashed after them, and it was dark he was captured.
(Nov. 17.) Just before day light on Tuesday morning, and as the column was starting we were again fired into by some bush-whackers, but no injury was done, save the slight wounding of one of Cole's battalion ; stopped at Winchester on Tuesday night, and as we were about to start at daylight on Wednesday (18th), some men fired from a house, wounding one of the 1st New York Cavalry very seriously. Search was made and 4 men found secreted beneath the floor. I made them walk to camp barefooted ; they belong to Gilmor's command.
The result of the expedition was 27 prisoners (including 2 officers) with their horses and equipments, about 90 fat cattle, 4 barrels brandy, about 50 tents, 3 four-horse trains and a quantity of tobacco and salt.
Twenty-seven of the cattle belong to Charles Moore, who has "safe-guards" from General Banks, Fremont and Shields, but I took them to prevent the enemy getting them ; the balance were contraband.
I lost 2 men killed, 2 wounded, and 5 missing. We killed