We returned to camp, and soon after this Rosser went on an expedition to New Creek.
I remained on picket with the brigade.
On page 17, General Early's Book, he says shortly after Rosser's return from his New Creek expedition Colonel Munford was sent to Hardy and Pendleton counties to procure forage for his horses, the cold weather having now set in so as to prevent material operations in the field.
The third division of the second corps was sent in succession to General Lee, Wharton's division, and most of the cavalry and most of the artillery being retained with me.
（Rosser accompanied my brigade.) We returned in about a week or ten days, bringing back a considerable drove of very fine fat cattle from Vandevender's farm, six or seven miles northwest of Petersburg, in the Moorefield Valley, and a large number of fat sheep said to have belonged to the United States Commissary Department.
The great North Mountain was covered deep with snow when we crossed it, but th
he enemy's column was seen defiling in the valley of Red River, supported by gunboats, out of harm's way, on its retreat to Alexandria.
At McNutt's Hill Major-General Wharton assumed command of the cavalry corps. General Bee was ordered to proceed with his division—Bagby's and Debray's brigades—to Polk's plantation, about seven arksville in advance, and caused the enemy to move through that town speedily enough, to prevent them from destroying it. On the next day, in Mansura Prairie, General Wharton formed his small force into line, so as to bar the road, and compel the enemy to deploy, and show his strength.
Banks' whole army was at hand.
Then, an artiille, the brigade moved to the vicinity of Hempstead, where it camped at a short distance from the infantry division of Major-General J. C. Walker who, after General Wharton's death, had also been assigned to the command of the cavalry corps.
There, days of gloom and despondency came on us. The news of General Lee's surrender w