from time to time a shot at our horsemen, while the foremost regiment marched along at their ease, as if they believed this small body of cavalry would soon wheel in flight.
This favourable moment for an attack was seized in splendid style by Major Butler, who commanded the two squadrons of the 2d South Carolina cavalry, stationed at this point as our rear-guard.
Like lightning he darted across the bridge, taking the piece of artillery, which had scarcely an opportunity of firing a shot, and falling upon the regiment of infantry, which was dispersed in a few seconds, many of them being shot down, and many others, among whom was the colonel in command, captured.
The colours of the regiment also fell into Major Butler's hands.
The piece of artillery, in the hurry of the moment, could not be brought over to our side of the river, as the enemy instantly sent forward a large body of cavalry at a gallop, and our dashing men had only time to spike it, and trot with their prisoners across
lost not a man killed on the expedition, and there were only a few slight wounds.
The enemy's loss is not known, but Pelham's one gun compelled the enemy's battery to change its position three times.
The remainder of the march was destitute of interest.
The conduct of the command, and their behaviour towards the inhabitants, are worthy of the highest praise.
A few individual cases only were exceptions in this particular.
Brigadier-General Hampton and Colonels Lee, Jones, Wickham, and Butler, and the officers and men under their commands, are entitled to my lasting gratitude for their coolness in danger and cheerful obedience to orders.
Unoffending persons were treated with civility, and the inhabitants were generous in their proffers of provisions on the march.
We seized and brought over a large number of horses, the property of citizens of the United States.
The valuable information obtained in this reconnaissance as to the distribution of the enemy's force, was communicate
he 2d South Carolina, brother of General Hampton, and Colonel Williams of the 2d North Carolina; General William Lee, Colonel Butler, and many other officers of rank, were among the wounded.
Our Staff had suffered very severely: Captain White wounde overtaken him at last, and he died as heroically as he had lived.
While riding towards the enemy, side by side with Colonel Butler, a shell which passed clean through their horses, killed both these, shattered at the same time one of Butler's legs Butler's legs below the knee, and carried off one of Farley's close up to the body.
When the surgeon arrived he naturally wished to attend first to the Captain as the more dangerously wounded, but this the brave young fellow positively refused, saying that ColoneColonel Butler's life was more valuable to the country than his own, and he felt he should soon die. Two hours afterwards he was a corpse.
We passed the night at a farmhouse close to the battle-field; but in spite of the fatigues of the day I could find n