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our troops crossed the mill pond and the Federal forces, seeing their position turned, betook themselves to hasty flight."

The Federals made a stand at Games' Mill, when the 38th was en- gaged, and the soldiers, though weary and worn, behaved nobly. About sundown, the shouting along the line announced the fact that the enemy was running and a victory was gained. After camping on the battlefield over night, the march was continued. Lieutenant- Colonel Armfield being sick, Major L. D. Andrews was now in com- mand. The regiment was engaged at Cold Harbor and Frazier's m. At the latter place the Confederate troops fought with un- usual bravery, not seeming to realize the presence of danger, and victory was again gained by the Confederates. The Southern sol- diers were now all jubilant. McClellan's " On to Richmond," was now changed to " On to Harrison's Landing," where the gun-boats lay. The pursuit of the enemy was continued, and the next en- gagement was at Malvern Hill. The battle at this place was a very hard fought one, but the 38th was not in the thickest of it, and did not lose very heavily. The enemy continued to flee, and were pur- sued to their gun-boats at Harrison's Landing.

After remaining there a few days, the division was ordered to Richmond, and it remained below that city until July 27, when Gen- eral A. P. Hill's division was attached to Jackson's corps, and marched to Gordonsville, Virginia. On August 7th, Jackson moved from Gordonsville, to confront General Pope in the Valley, and on the gth he fell upon General Banks' right flank at Cedar Mountain. At one time the day seemed doubtful. When the foe had well nigh crushed General Garnett, Branch went gallantly to his rescue, and with Pender's and other brigades of Hill's division, drove the enemy headlong from the field. Major Andrews having taken sick at Gordonsville, Captain John Ashford was in command of 38th, and received commendation from General Pender for his coolness and skilfulness in handling his men. D. M. Mclntyre was now adjutant, having been promoted on July gth, for gallantry and efficiency. On account of ill-health, Major Andrews resigned his commission, and on the 2ist of August, Captain John Ashford was promoted to major.

Jackson made a wide circuit behind the mountains to cut the Fed- eral communications at Manassas. On the 26th Pender's Brigade gained a splendid victory over a brigade of the enemy at Manassas Junction. Jackson's single corps, numbering less than 16,000 men \\.is resisting General Pope's entire army. On the 28th the com- mand formed line of battle for the memorable second battle of