l the second day at Gettysburg, and drew in pursuit of his three cavalry brigades two Federal cavalry divisions, and after ceaseless combats and night marches reached Dover, Pa., on July 1st.
Whole regiments slept in their saddles, their faithful animals keeping the road unguided.
Without rations for men, and with horses exhausted, Stuart arrived at Carlisle the day Hill and Ewell were engaged at Gettysburg.
He wanted to levy a contribution for rations on Carlisle, but the Federal General Baldy Smith, with his Pennsylvania reserves, would not surrender the place.
Its probable capture the next day was prevented by news received for the first time of General Lee's position and intentions.
Stuart did not know until he received a dispatch from General Lee on the night of July 1st where he was, for the Union army had been between his march and his own army.
Leaving Carlisle, he marched at once for Gettysburg, prevented a movement of the enemy's cavalry on Lee's rear by way of Hunters
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and General David Hunter replaced Sigel in command in the Valley, with whom Crook and Averell later united.
When General Lee faced Grant at Cold Harbor, Butler was still bottled up ; but twelve thousand five hundred of his force under General Baldy Smith, as he was called, had been taken out from the bottom of the bottle, placed on transports, carried down the James and up the York, landed, and marched to Grant.
Lee was also re-enforced by a division of North Carolinians.
On June 1st, at The ground was strewn with the dead, dying, and wounded Federals, and yet at 8 A. M. an order came from the chief of staff of the Army of the Potomac for the corps to assault again, each without reference to the other's advance.
It is known that Baldy Smith positively refused to obey it, while some of the other corps commanders went through the form of opening fire, but there was no advance.
Again the order was given for a general assault.
It was transmitted to corps commanders, from them t
of the James, determined to essay the capture of Petersburg before Leewho had drawn most of Beauregard's force to him on the north side-could prevent it, and would have been successful if he had not lost a day in getting his pontoons ready; and even then it could have been done if General Smith, of the Eighteenth Corps, to whom the duty was confided, had attacked when he arrived before it. Beauregard was in peril.
He had re-enforced Lee, but Lee had not yet returned the compliment, and when Baldy Smith began to deploy on his front, about ten o'clock on the morning of June 15th, with eighteen thousand men, he had but twenty-two hundred soldiers to return his greetings, and had to station them so as to allow one man for every four yards and a half of his works.
At 7 P. M. Smith carried with a cloud of tirailleurs the lines on a portion of his front, in spite of the heroic resistance of General Henry A. Wise, and held on to them during the night.
Had Hancock, who was on the morning o