ed by the Loudoun Cavalry Leaping a fence, and through balls thick enough to blind them, they succeeded in breaking the lines of the Zouaves, who were around Sherman's battery, which rendered that an easy conquest afterwards.
This was the only company who charged at that time, owing, it is thought, to the fact that the Clark Cavalry did not understand the command; hence the dreadful havoc in Captain Carter's ranks, who charged forward with only thirty-three men. (Messrs. J. T. Carter, Gus Carter, T. Leath, C. Shamlin, Plaster, and F. Carter having been detailed on other duty, were absent) Of the first four in front, (Sergeants and Corporals, Enoch McCarthy, James Francis, John DeButts and Robert Fletcher,) the two first were killed instantly, riddled with balls.
Fletcher and DeButts each received two balls in their right arms; badly wounded.
Captain Carter lead them until his horse was shot and his clothes torn in shreds from their balls.
He remounted in a few moments.