nt General of the Cavalry, it was within my province to know its strength.
Three grand reviews were held in Culpepper — on the 22d of May, and on the 5th and 8th of June, 1863.
At the first of these reviews there were present only the three brigades of Hampton, and the two Lees.
Private memoranda, now in my possession, show about four thousand men, exclusive of pickets, in the saddle upon that day. Before the second review Stuart was joined by Robertson's North Carolina Brigade, and by W. E. Jones' Virginia Brigade, and on the 31st of May, 1863, the total effective of the cavalry division was reported as nine thousand five hundred and thirty-six.
To rightly estimate the force with which Stuart fought the battle of the 9th of June, 1863, there must be deducted from this number the men absent on special duty-horse details --the entire brigade of Robertson, the Fourth Virginia Cavalry, and the Second South Carolina Cavalry.
It must also be stated that of Fitz Lee's Brigade only fou