It resulted in the success of the Confederates; but every impartial man confesses that these cavalry fights are miserable affairs.
Neither party has any idea of serious charging with the sabre.
They approach one another with considerable boldness, until they get to within about forty yards, and then, at the very moment when a dash is necessary, and the sword alone should be used, they hesitate, halt, and commence a desultory fire with carbines and revolvers.
An Englishman, named Winthrop, a captain in the Confederate army, and formerly an officer in H. M.‘s 22d regiment, although not in the cavalry himself, seized the colors of one of the regiments, and rode straight at the Yankees in the most gallant manner, shouting to the men to follow him. He continued to distinguish himself by leading charges until his horse was unfortunately killed.
I heard his conduct on this occasion highly spoken of by all. Stuart's cavalry can hardly be called cavalry in the European sense of th