This was the rear guard of an army that lost a battle, firing one last volley before retreating.
The rear guard, of two companies of Ghoorkhas and two companies of Scottish Fusiliers, arrived late in the day.
Half the escort went on ahead; the other half formed the rear guard.
Seest thou not that, as we are ordered now, he will lead the van and I the rear guard?
I would then say, "Downs, you will follow about 150 yards behind us as rear guard."
In retreating she usually leads the way, the cubs following closely, but if nearly cornered she is likely to act as rear guard.
After the cows stalked the big bull, as if acting as rear guard for his herd.
Only four guns of our battery were at hand, the right section acting as rear guard.
The 6th (Irish) regiment was in rear, and I took two companies for a rear guard.
The caisson fell in the train, but the pieces with the 59th Indiana, Colonel Alexander, were left for a rear guard.