nt, through their cavalry, and captured by us—the finest cavalry pistols, sabres, carbines, saddles, halters and bridles, blankets and canteens, oil-cloths and tent-flies—in short, all that we wanted, and our transportation were all branded U. S., together with the mules and harness.
Our cavalry battery, caissons, battery forges, &c., all had the U. S. brand until Rosser's great disaster at Tom's Brook 9th October, 1864.
Reconnoisance in force 19th August, 1864.
Wickham's brigade of Fitz. Lee's division, Anderson's corps, was stationed to the right of Winchester, near Abram's creek.
Its pickets extended along the line of the Opequon creek from the crossing of the Berryville pike north, towards Summit Point.
In front of us was Merritt's division of the enemy's cavalry, each holding the opposite banks of the Opequon.
About midday I received orders from General Wickham to move with the brigade and battery (Brethead's old battery of horse-artillery) down the Berryville pike and