air, and the sharpshooters on either side were hotly engaged.
The enemy here, by a resolute and united charge, drove a portion of our dismounted men back in some confusion through the woods; and the officer in command, the gallant young Captain Bullock of the 5th Virginia, in the attempt to rally them, had his horse shot under him, and, before he could get on his legs again, found himself surrounded by the Yankees, who demanded his surrender.
Bullock, however, responded with two shots of Bullock, however, responded with two shots of his revolver, killing two of his adversaries, and then endeavoured to save himself by flight.
The whole incident having taken place within fifty paces of Stuart and myself, we could see, and even distinctly hear, the Yankees as they gave chase to our poor captain.
Taking some of our couriers, and such of the tirailleurs as had recovered from their stampede, with us, we galloped forward at once to the assistance of our brave comrade, whom we succeeded in rescuing from his pursuers, but in a st
fallen into the hands of Stuart.
Accordingly, the following message was despatched to this official:--
I am much satisfied with the transport of mules lately sent, which I have taken possession of, and ask you to send me soon a new supply.
J. E.B. Stuart.
The excitement and consternation this produced in the Northern capital may be imagined.
But besides these bloodless devices there had been a good deal of hard fighting in the course of this expedition, and we had to mourn, among others, the loss of the gallant Captain Bullock, whose name has already occurred in these Memoirs.
While being carried with a severe wound from the field by one of his friends, a second shot struck him and ended his life.
The time had now come when the departure of our friends could no longer be delayed, and they took leave of us the following morning, the carriage I had purchased coming into requisition to drive them over (which I did with my own hands) to the station at Hamilton's Crossing.