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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Major Andrew Reid Venable, Jr. [from Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch.] (search)
ears of that army! After Stuart's death, Venable was for a brief time assigned staff-duty with the Major-General W. H. A. Lee, but in August was reassigned to the Headquarters of the Cavalry Corps, with his old duties as Inspector-General, on the staff of General Wade Hampton. Time would fail to deal in detail with the active part he bore in the constant cavalry engagements of those stirring August and September days. But one signal service may, at least, be touched upon. On September 14th (1864), Hampton, having ascertained through his scouts the exact location of the great corral for the supply cattle of the Army of the Potomac, determined to make a bold raid in Grant's rear, and, if possible, to lift (in Hieland phrase) the fat beeves there congregated, of which the Federals always had plenty, while at this time the chief food of the hungry Confederate was but half a ration of hard tack and rancid pork. For many months, indeed, Lee's veterans, like the English just bef