sit his suffering spouse, but supplied him liberally with money, the contributions of myself and companions, to pay the expenses of his journey.
The rascal disappeared, carrying off with him the greater part of my wardrobe, and we never saw him again.
Our days of inaction were now drawing rapidly to an end. General Stuart, having taken a distinguished part in the battle of Cedar Run, where Jackson had utterly routed the advanced corps of Pope's army, came back with marching orders on the 15th.
Our regiments were to be in motion early next morning, and the General and Staff were to overtake him in the afternoon by rail.
We dined for the last time at Dundee, and with grateful hearts took leave of our kind friends.
I need not describe the parting scene between General Stuart and his family.
I will only say that his dear lady did not suffer me to quit the house until I had promised to watch over her husband in the hour of battle, and do all in my power to prevent him from rashly e
fested in the signal deliverance of my command from danger and the crowning success attending it, I ascribe to Him the praise, the honour, and the glory.-I have the honour to be, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
(Signed) J. E. B. Stuart, Major-General Commanding Cavalry.
All now went merrily again at The Bower.
General Stuart, who had been blessed with the satisfaction of winning golden opinions from all sorts of people, was the lightest-hearted of the whole company.
On the 15th another ball was given in honour of the expedition, and the ladies of the neighbourhood were brought to the festivity in vehicles captured in the enemy's country, drawn by fat Pennsylvania horses.
Stuart was, of course, the hero of the occasion, and received many a pretty compliment from fair lips.
The ladies of Baltimore presented General Stuart at this time with a pair of golden spurs, as a token of their appreciation, whereupon he adopted for himself the nom de guerre, Knight of the g
etely screened from the keen eyes of the Yankees, who, as we completed our meal, came in for a fire of maledictions for their want of common courtesy and consideration.
Thus did the day wear on to its close without any event of importance; and it becoming evident as the evening advanced that the attack would not be renewed on the 14th, we returned after nightfall once more to our short night's rest at headquarters.
Things looked very little changed when, on the cold, clear morning of the 15th, we rode up to Jackson's Hill; and General Stuart deciding to remain until serious fighting should commence, we had an opportunity of having a good look at the devastations caused by the tremendous artilleryfire of the 3th.
The forest was literally torn to pieces-trees more than a foot in diameter were snapped in two, large branches were shattered to splinters, and scarcely a small twig but showed marks of some kind of missile.
In many places the ground was ploughed up by the cannon-balls,