I lost not a man killed on the expedition, and there were only a few slight wounds.
The enemy's loss is not known, but Pelham's one gun compelled the enemy's battery to change its position three times.
The remainder of the march was destitute of interest.
The conduct of the command, and their behaviour towards the inhabitants, are worthy of the highest praise.
A few individual cases only were exceptions in this particular.
Brigadier-General Hampton and Colonels Lee, Jones, Wickham, and Butler, and the officers and men under their commands, are entitled to my lasting gratitude for their coolness in danger and cheerful obedience to orders.
Unoffending persons were treated with civility, and the inhabitants were generous in their proffers of provisions on the march.
We seized and brought over a large number of horses, the property of citizens of the United States.
The valuable information obtained in this reconnaissance as to the distribution of the enemy's force, wa
single road, made successful opposition to a far superior force possible.
On my return to the General, the conflict had reached its height, and, in my opinion, the urgent necessity of immediate retreat was patent to all. Nevertheless, Stuart was for continuing the struggle.
Again and again animating his men by his presence and the exposure of his own person, he led our admirable soldiers to the conflict.
Not until one of our caissons had been exploded by a well-aimed shot; not until Colonel Wickham, temporarily commanding Fitz Lee's brigade, had been wounded at my side, a fragment of shell striking him in the neck; not until the hostile infantry was outflanking us on either side,was the order given for the withdrawal, which, in consequence of the long delay of our commander in issuing the order, was managed, I am sorry to say, with a great deal of haste and confusion, and came very near being a rout.
The dismounted sharpshooters, running back hurriedly to their horses, upon gaini