ent the dragoons, light infantry, and Ringgold's battery in pursuit, the latter under Lieutenant Randolph Ridgely.
The light infantry was of two battalions, under Captain George A. McCall and Captaide enough to form the dragoons in column of fours.
When in the act of springing to their work, Ridgely called, Hold on, Charlie, till I draw their fire, and loosed his six guns upon the battery at t
The return was prompt, but General Taylor, not noting the cause of delay, repeated the order.
Ridgely's work, however, was done, and May's spurs pressing his horses had them on the leap before the , lovable and genial in character.
Not so grand of stature, or beard, or flowing locks, Randolph Ridgely was as accomplished a soldier and as charming a companion,--a fitting counterpart in spiritg refreshes itself.
Many gallant, courageous deeds have since been witnessed, but none more interesting than Ridgely's call for the privilege to draw upon himself the fire that was waiting for May.