It was a sad, humiliating sight, but such a handful of worn-out men could not successfully withstand such overwhelming odds.
I never saw our troops in such confusion before.
It is said that Mrs. General Gordon, Mrs. General Breckinridge, Mrs. Hugh Lee and other patriotic ladies ran impetuously into the streets, and eloquently pleaded with the retreating soldiers to cease their flight and stand and confront the advancing enemy.
Night found Sheridan's hosts in full and exultant possession ond inquired from what State we hailed.
I replied, Alabama, whereupon she said she had lost a favorite cousin, a captain in an Alabama regiment, killed at Seven Pines.
He proved to be Captain R. H. Keeling, of my company, and the good woman, Mrs. Hugh Lee, a relative of General R. E. Lee, immediately proposed to take us under her special care, and to have us carried to a private house, where we would be better provided for. We gladly consented, and, after a brief absence, she returned with som