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been the result? That is a difficult question. A humble soldier of the Southern army may, however, be permitted to say that a rout of the army of Northern Virginia, under Lee, never seemed to him possible. Nor was it ever routed. It was starved, and it surrendered. General Lee was thus over with his army, where provisions and ammunition were obtainable; and the opposing forces rested. Then General Meade advanced, his great adversary made a corresponding movement, and about the first of August the cavalry were once more posted in Culpeper. In about six weeks they had marched many hundreds of miles; fought a number of battles; lost about one-third of their force by death in action, or disabling wounds; and were again on the war-harried banks of the Rappahannock. VII. A few words will terminate this sketch of the summer campaign of 1863. Of this great ride with the cavalry through Pennsylvania, the present writer has preserved recollections rather amusing and gr
tempted to presume upon it. In what manner? By offering to make you a bet. A bet! Well, what is it? said the General, laughing. This. My horse was killed, and as we poor Confederates are not over rich, I will lay you a horse and equipments that I make my escape. The General greeted this proposal with evident enjoyment. In what time? he asked. Before you reach Richmond. He made a humorous grimace. Richmond is a long way off, Captain-let the limit be the 1st day of August, and I will agree. Very well, General; I will pay my bet if I lose; and if I win, you will send me my horse through the lines. Most assuredly. At this moment an orderly brought in a dispatch, which the General read with attention. From the front, he said. Jackson is at Darkesville, Captain, and is preparing to make a stand there. And you will attack, I suppose, in a day or two, General? These words were greeted with a quick glance, to which I responded innocently: