finally, after much expostulation, allowed to pass.
The news soon reached Washington; and Col. Robert E. Lee, then lieutenant-colonel of the Second Cavalry, was despatched to command the regular troory.
Accompanied by his aid, Lieut. J. E. B. Stuart-afterward the world-renowned cavalry chief of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia-he set out on a special train, and sent a telegraphic despatch to the Other troops — the militia from Virginia and Maryland-had promptly reached the scene, and when Col. Lee arrived during the night, were awaiting his orders to act. He immediately placed his command wi it now would be to endanger the lives of friends as well as foes.
Accordingly, at daylight, Col. Lee took measures to attempt the capture of the insurgents, if possible, without bloodshed.
At sevions were, of course, refused.
At last, perceiving all his humane efforts to be of no avail, Col. Lee gave orders for an attack.
A strong party of marines advanced by two lines quickly on each sid