Tuesday the 20th  Strasburg
Yesterday our force was defeated in a general fight with the enemy. My division lost two thirds of its total number. The Legion lost 75. Lieutenants Welch and Ashley are killed. Captain McKinney and Capt Singleton, Lts. Young, Jule and George are all captured. There was a stampede of wagons at night. wE travelled all night. The troops are now in line at the breastworks.
*Thomas’ Legion: Made up mostly of men from the mountains of North Carolina, including a good number of Cherokee. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas’_Legion
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 2. (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003). Diary of Major William Stringfield, WW Stringfield Papers, North Carolina State Archives.