ere sent to Upper Fauquier and Loudon counties to observe and report the enemy's movements, on which duty they remained during the winter, at the close of which they were ordered to report to the regiment at Orange Court- House.
In the spring of 1864, before Grant, who now commanded the Union army, began his forward movement, General Sedgwick made a reconnoissance in force in the direction of Madison Court-House, and was met by A. P. Hill's Corps.
In the collision which ensued Second Lieutenant Marshall James, one of the most gallant officers of the Black Horse, with a small detachment, greatly distinguished himself.
In the latter part of April the cavalry corps marched to Fredericksburg and took position on the right of the Army of Northern Virginia.
In May they broke camp to meet Grant's advance from Culpepper into the Wilderness by way of Germanna ford.
On the 4th and 5th of May were fought the battles of the Wilderness, after which Grant commenced upon Richmond his celebrat