on advanced to Middleburg, where a part of Stuart's force was posted, and was attacked by Colonel Irvin Gregg's Brigade.
Here, as at Aldie, the fight was very obstinate.
The enemy had carefully selkirmishers, owing to the unfavorable character of the country for mounted service.
On the 19th, Gregg's Division moved on the turnpike from Middleburg in the direction of Upperville, and soon encountected that flank from any attack, with the assistance of General Merritt's regular brigade. General Gregg's Division, having crossed the Potomac at Edwards' Ferry, in rear of our army, passed througe merest tyro in the art of war will understand.
When opposite our right, Stuart was met by General Gregg, with two of his brigades (Colonels McIntosh and Irvin Gregg), and Custer's Brigade of the TIrvin Gregg), and Custer's Brigade of the Third Division, and, on a fair field, there was another trial between two cavalry forces, in which most of the fighting was done in the saddle, and with the trooper's favorite weapon — the sabre.