There were many patrols and many skirmishes which nothing of any note happened , Patrols were sent out daily
by the 1st Column which was under seige at Etshowe . There are a few mentioned in " The Narrative of Field
Operations connected with the Zulu War of 1879 " written by the Intelligence Department . Many patrols and skirmishes
undertaken by Wood "s No 4 Column usually in the command of Redvers Buller V.C. It was a daily occurance .
The death of LT Douglas and his aide Cotter was one of these minor return trips which went awry ( They got Lost ).
And ran into a party of Zulus. Hope this helps.