if you had made an attack I should have been compelled to withdraw the guard and let the prisoners go.
When Fitz Lee returned to his position on the left flank of the army, Captain Randolph, again in command of the Black Horse, gave permission to ten or a dozen of the men to follow the march of the enemy toward Fredericksburg and pick up stragglers and horses.
This they did for some distance, but finding neither men nor horses, the party returned.
Two of them, however, Old blaze and Joe Boteler, concluded to follow the hunt yet longer.
A narrative of their adventures may prove interesting, and will at least show how such work may be done.
Near the Stafford line they stopped at Mrs. H.‘s and applied to have their canteens filled with brandy.
This the old lady positively refused to do, saying: You are in danger enough, without adding to it by drink.
But she relented when they promised to bring her back six Yankees.
And this is how they complied with their engagement.