Question. You had a view of the enemy and the condition of our forces?
Answer. I had a private opinion.
Question. Give us that opinion.
Answer. Well, sir, I think at the time there was no particular necessity for it. I think we could have held Maryland Heights with the force we had at Harper's Ferry for some time. With the force we had on the hill I do not think we could. I do not know what force the enemy had. I cannot tell anything about that. I was on the lookout Friday night. I saw with my glass and with my naked eye, and counted their camp-fires as high as seventy.
By the COURT:
Question. Did you see any of the enemy killed?
Answer. I could see them fall.
Question. How many did you see fall?
Answer. Two or three.
Question. Did you think they fell from shots; was that your impression?
Answer. Yes, sir; I saw one fall the first, and, I think, the second engagement I saw two fall. I could see them throw up their arms and fall back.
Question. What officers of the One hundred and twenty-sixth aided in rallying the troops when they broke?
Answer. Colonel Sherrill.
Question. After he was wounded, when they broke then?
Answer. I cannot tell; I was down rallying the troops myself. When the second engagement was about half over, I was in the path on the mountain. There is a road, and there are several paths that lead around.
Question. Did you see any other officers of your regiment engaged in rallying the troops?
Answer. Yes, sir; I saw Captain Phillips, Company D.
Question. That was after Colonel Sherrill was wounded?
Question. Do you recollect any other officer besides Captain Phillips?
Answer. Yes, sir. There was Captain Scott, a very brave man, who stood through the whole thing until he was wounded.
Question. Who else?
Answer. Well, the officers stood generally with their commands. Company A was not there at all. They were up on the hill to the left of the skirmishers. Burrill was sick.
Question. Did not the officers in the first instance, as a general rule, all run off with the men?
Answer. They went with the men when they went back, I think.
Question. Did not Captain Phillips fall back with the men, also, at first?
Answer. I could not say. I do not know as I noticed him at the time they fell back finally.
Question. Is it not your opinion that the officers of your regiment behaved badly?
Answer. No, sir; not under the circumstances.