was held off by gunfire from our signal party and picket line from
the 140th to the north. No casualties were reported. Five confederate
Skirmishers were taken prisoner and questioned.
southern end of the line suffered strongly. A confederate cavalry
unit charged the union artillery line, 10 men and one gun were reported
lost. The confederate suffered even greater losses. Captain Williams
was last seen to send a message announcing the near approach of the
enemy, and to then furl his flags as if to leave the station. There
is unofficial information that he left the flank of the mountain,
encountered and captured when near its base a courier with dispatches,
by the enemy's cavalry. It seems probable that the first official
information of the enemy's cavalry at that place. The enemy at once
occupied the mountain with infantry and artillery, and held it.
Union retreat to the west, out of confederate artillery range, then
proceeded without further incident. From the captured dispatches,
it had become evident to the generals commanding, that the enemy reinforcements
were passing the village of Darien from the east crossing eastward
with additional provisions, telegraphic communications, confederate
signals, and additional artillery.
the evening of 19, June, additional supplies arrived along with the
Union Calvary equipped with Henry repeating rifles. Orders for an
assault on the confederate entrenchment for the morning of Sunday
20th June, prior to confederate reinforcement arrival, expected on
the 22nd, were planned throughout the evening. All signaling that
evening were ordered suspended, and further withdraw of the 155th
was ordered to the wooded area south of the entrenchments.
Sunday, 20th June, the signal parties of the First Section, Department
of New York, Signal Corps, under the immediate charge of Captain M.
C. Williams, with his aid Signal Lieut. Mark C. Hageman under whose
supervision the stations of observation had been established, were
issued. It was the plan of