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cket, repulsed the enemy several times by vigorous charges, disputing the ground step by step, back to the main body. By the time his artillery reached him, Col. W. F. H. Lee, who was in command of the brigade, was obliged to place it on the west bank of the Opequon, on the flank of the enemy, as he approached Martinsburgh. Gen. Hampton's brigade had retired through Martinsburgh, on the Tuscarora road, when Gen. Stuart arrived and made dispositions to attack. Lee's brigade was advanced immediately, and Hampton's ordered forward. The enemy retired at the approach of Lee along the Shepherdstown road, and was driven across the Potomac by the cavalry, withLee along the Shepherdstown road, and was driven across the Potomac by the cavalry, with a severe loss, and darkness alone prevented it from being a signal victory. His rear was overtaken and put to flight, our cavalry charging in gallant style under a severe fire of artillery, driving squadron after squadron, killing a number, wounding more, and capturing several. He was driven through Shepherdstown, and crossed th
while he moved the Confederate brigades of Jenkins and W. F. H. Lee secretly through the woods in an effort to reach the Unre period of the war. A mounted charge by a regiment of W. F. H. Lee's brigade, was met by a countercharge of the Seventh Mi the Southern flanks and rear, had more than once forced General Lee to detach much-needed troops from his hard-pressed frontotomac in front of Petersburg for the final campaign against Lee. In the Valley Campaign Sheridan's cavalry captured 2556 oes at Appomattox. One more cavalry exploit, the capture of Lee's provision trains by Sheridan, which Grant in his delicacy eridan was to destroy the Danville and South Side railroads, Lee's only avenues of supply; and then either return to the Armyws that two of the Confederate infantry divisions and all of Lee's cavalry failed to push back five brigades of Sheridan's cantercepted the Confederate line of retreat, cut off three of Lee's hard-pressed infantry divisions, and made possible the sur
erate army and Washington, the capture of which might have meant foreign intervention. No war of modern times has produced so many able cavalry leaders as the so-called War of Secession. Sheridan, Stuart, Buford, Gregg, Wilson, Merritt, Fitz Lee, Pleasonton, Hampton, Lomax, Butler, Wheeler, Custer, Forrest, Grierson, Morgan, Kilpatrick, and others, have written their names on the roll of fame in letters of fire alongside those of Seydlitz and Ziethen of the Old World. Of the group mentio true to the life, are here presented. More or less personal sketches of famous Cavalry leaders will be found in other chapters of this volume and in the volume to be devoted to biography. General Philip Sheridan with General Sheridan in Lee's last campaign. By a staff officer. (Philadelphia) J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1866. The general is short in stature — below the medium — with nothing superfluous about him, square shouldered, muscular, wiry to the last degree, and as nearly ins<
, and the militia called hastily together from eight adjoining counties, had been concentrated at this point. From this point the raiders moved in a northeasterly direction, toward Weylesburg, which they reached after a night's march, near daylight on the morning of the twenty-sixth, halting there for about one hour. The twenty-sixth, twenty-seventh, and the earlier part of the twenty-eighth of June were marked by few events of any importance, except that on the twenty-ninth, Brigadier-General W. F. H. Lee appeared on our left flank, which occasioned some little skirmishing, lasting but a very short time, and attended with few, if any, casualties. On the twenty-eighth we reached the Nottoway river at Double bridge. The Second Ohio cavalry of McIntosh's brigade, having advanced, drove the rebel pickets before them some miles, before we reached the bridge. There was, however, no force there large enough to give us any trouble, and we crossed without difficulty early in the after
y superior to us, including our small supporting force of infantry. Not withstanding this we drove them back handsomely, and captured 200 prisoners and one stand of colors.--They had five large brigades under command of Generals Fitzhugh Lee, W. F. H. Lee, Jones, Field, and Robinson, with sixteen pieces of artillery under Maj. Breckham. They had been reviewed the previous day by Gen. Lee, and were under orders to leave on their grand raid into Maryland and Pennsylvania to-morrow (WednesdayGen. Lee, and were under orders to leave on their grand raid into Maryland and Pennsylvania to-morrow (Wednesday) morning.--Important papers have been captured in the camp of Jones brigade, showing the strength of the whole rebel force and its attentions. The fight was discontinued about 3 o'clock, the rebels falling back upon strong infantry supports, which came up by rail from Culpeper, supposed to be part of Longstreet's force, which, from letters taken, we learn was in that vicinity on Saturday. Our forces returned almost to this side of the river during the afternoon, the enemy to make an
d the weldon railway, six miles below here, were fortifying, and were spreading in every direction. This of course was behaved to be greatly exaggerated, if not entirely romantic. Gen. M., however, at once moved with his division, by order of Gen. Lee and came up with the "large force," which was engaged in the occupation of destroying the railroad. They proved to be cavalry, and fled at our approach, having destroyed about one hundred and fifty yards of the track, which will be repaired to he Junction. Their design is evidently to damage the road as much as possible, but their career may yet be cheeked. A detachment of the enemy's raiding force was overtaken yesterday morning at Nottoway Court House by our cavalry under Gen. W. F. H. Lee, and a skirmish took place, in which the Yankees were whipped. They then retreated, with the apparent intention of rejoining the main body. From Hunter's forces — official News. Official information from Salem confirms the main fe