r such circumstances — and for reasons like these, a whole arm of the service is weakened and demoralized, and the handful who could keep mounted had to do all the duty.
General Ashby labored under all of these disadvantages in every company in his command, every day he had to move.
Look at the map and see the country from which most of his men came; his picket-line ran from the Warm Springs, in Bath county, down the whole Valley and along the Potomac to Harper's Ferry, and around to near Leesburg in Loudon county.
To accomplish what he did was wonderful!
to expect more could not be realized.
These things, and the censure that they produced, was the cause of the alienation that for a time existed between Jackson and Ashby.
Others had to handle the same force after Ashby's death, but it took time to accomplish what never was given Ashby — as he could never get his men together under Jackson mounted.
Late one night, not long since, having concluded reading General Dick Taylor's