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5. As Gardner’s men were chasing the rebels into the woods, a large body of horsemen was observed emerging from the timberline further down the valley, to the east. After a hasty consultation amongst the officers present it was decided to try and make it back to camp, a mile and one-half distant, or any ditch or washout along the way that would afford protection from a cavalry charge. (Gardner retained command of the detachment, although Captain Crew was the senior officer present.)