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History of Cambria County, V.2

--some 400 officers and enlisted men. The lines were held during the day and night.
    3d. Before daylight the brigade passed over the fortifications in columns of regiments and entered Petersburg. After returning to camp, the troops took up the line of march along the Burkeville road and acted as a guard for the South Side railroad and wagon trains, making short marches and placing pickets successfully on the different parts of the road as the column advanced.
    9th. Reached Nottoway Court House, where we remained until the 20th.
    20th. Orders were received for the 9the Corps to go to City Point.
    24th and 25th. The brigade embarked on transports for Washington, but was landed at Alexandria, Va.

    The following are battles in which two or more companies from Cambria participated:


    Maj. Gen. John Pope was in command of the Army of Virginia while Maj. Gen. McClellan was withdrawing from the Peninsula. On August 26, Pope was in the vicinity of Bull Run, Virginia. There were three companies from Cambria in parts of these engagements which continued for five days, which were: Capt. James C. Burke, Co. A, 11th Reserves; Catp. William Linton, Co. M, 12th Cavalry, and Capt. John B. Fite, Co. D, 115th Pa. Infantry.
    On the night of the 26th Stonewall Jackson succeeded in passing around Pope's right, capturing Bristoe Station and Manassas and all the immense supplies stored there. On the next night, Pope concentrated his army at Manassas. Fitz John Porter's command failed to move promptly, which was one of the specifications of the charges made against him by Pope. On the 28th Pope ordered his men to Centerville, and there met Jackson when a severe fight took place, which is known as Gainesville. Pope withdrew to Bristoe Station and Manassas. At daylight on the 29th Pope went in pursuit of Jackson and attacked. The contest continued most of the day and was desperate fighting; however, Jackson held his position. Pope also accused Porter of not attacking Jackson's right in this engagement, but it was not sustained. Hood re-enforced Jackson late in the day which ended the battle. It is known as Groveton.
    On the 30th Pope and Lee were substantially on the old battle ground of the First Bull Run combat. They fought all day

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