At about 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 1864, the Confederates stormed the Union line on the Georgetown Pike. Union General Wallace ordered the withdrawal and chaos soon followed. With Confederates in hot pursuit, Union troops fled past Gambrill Mill, then through the field in front of you, and across Bush Creek behind you. After two miles the Confederates finally abandoned their chase.
The lines were thrown into great confusion. The advancing Confederates who, in great numbers, are bearing down upon us.
Private Alfred Roe, 9th New York Heavy Artillery
(lower left) Brigadier General James B. Ricketts, commanded the Union defense at the Thomas Farm until ordered to retreat.
(lower center) Major General John B. Gordon commanded the Confederate division that defeated the Union forces.
(lower right) During the retreat, the color guards from the 10th Vermont Infantry were under heavy fire and unable to continue. Corporal Alexander Scott, fearing the union flags might be captured, ran both flags to safety. For his valor in saving the national flag he received the Medal of Honor on September 21, 1897.