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John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War., Stuart's ride around McClellan in June, 1862. (search)
will be captured! I told the General I would gallop on for ever till I found him, but I had not gone two hundred yards in the darkness when hoof-strokes in front were heard, and I ordered: Halt! who goes there? Courier, from Colonel William Lee. Is he in front? About a mile, sir. Good! exclaimed the voice of Stuart, who had galloped up; and I never heard in human accents such an expression of relief. If the reader of this has ever commanded cavalry, moving at night in an enemy's country, he will understand why Stuart drew that long, deep breath, and uttered that brief word, Good! Once separated from the main column and lostgood-by then to Colonel Lee! Pushing on by large hospitals which were not interfered with, we reached at midnight the three or four houses known as Talleysville; and here a halt was ordered to rest men and horses, and permit the artillery to come up. This pause was fatal to a sutler's store from which the owners had fled. It was remo