y in the open fields against 8,500 infantry and 3,000 mounted gun-men.
The thing began at daylight and kept on until dark, when flanked and worn out, Early retreated, to escape being surrounded.
This is the story (given only in part here) of the thin grey line of North Carolina and the cavalry charge, a feat of arms before which that of Sir Colin Campbell fades into insignificance.
The brigade had a severe fight at the Monocacy river, near Frederick City, in entering Maryland. Captain W. C. Wall, commanding Company F, was severely wounded in this fight.
While General Gordon's Division crossed the river and attacked the line of battle in the flank, Johnston's Brigade was ordered to capture a blockhouse on the other side of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
A considerable number of the enemy were in the railroad cut and perfectly protected.
The brigade charged across the railroad on the bridge, under a raking fire from a heavy battery on the other side of the river.