within easy cannon-shot of the guns on the heights, and there was no time to be lost.
I acted on the maxim of plucking the flower safety from the nettle danger, and plunging into the brimming stream swam over.
The rest followed, Stoughton being next to me. The first thing he said as he shivered with cold was, This is the first rough treatment I have received.
I knew that no cavalry would ever swim after me. Leaving Hunter to come on with my men and prisoners, I galloped on ahead with George Slater and once more got on the pike at Groveton.
This was the very spot where, the year before, Fitz John Porter had made his disastrous assault on Jackson.
From this hill I had a view of the pike seven miles back to Centreville.
No enemy was in pursuit.
I was safe.
Just then Hunter appeared and the sun rose.
It seemed to me that it never shone with such splendor before.
I turned over my prisoners to Stuart at Culpeper Court House.
He was as much delighted by what I had done as I was,