of assault to be delivered to his officers-orders which were never acted on, as the place was surrendered before the assaulting columns began their work.
The General remained at Harper's Ferry
till a late hour of the night, disposing of the prisoners and the material of war which he had captured.
He then started, escorted by Lieutenant Payne
, with a detachment of twenty of his command, to reach Lee
's headquarters at Sharpsburg
, leaving his army to follow.
At daybreak, a little out of the town, the party halted, and built a fire in a skirt of woods.
slept while a party was sent to discover the position of Lee
As soon as this fact was reported to him he joined the general commanding.
The next day the battle of Sharpsburg
was fought, during which the Black Horse
acted as aides and couriers.
's report of this campaign he extols the conduct of this command, naming and complimenting its officers.
When the Confederate army recrossed the Potomac
, General Stuart
made strenuous efforts to have the Black Horse
restored to the cavalry division.
He wanted them to accompany his raid around McClellan
's army at Harper's Ferry
, where it lay gathering strength for another invasion of Virginia
would not agree to Stuart
He said: “I know the, Black Horse, and can employ the greater part of the command for staff duty.”
In this raid Stuart
took with him fifteen squadrons of horse, composed of details from his regiments, one of which the writer of this commanded.
The raiders crossed an obscure ford of the Potomac
, above Harper's Ferry
, General Wade Hampton
, with a battery of horse artillery, being in the van, and camped that night at Chambersburg
The next day they passed through Emmettsburg on their return to the Potomac
, and, marching all night, early the ensuing day reached White's ford
of the Potomac
, below Harper's Ferry
, having thus made the circuit of the Federal
But here Stuart
encountered a formidable force of infantry and cavalry, stationed to oppose his passage of the river.
Without hesitation, and with that undaunted courage which he showed on every battle-field, he drove the enemy before him, rapidly threw his command over the river, without so much as losing a horse-shoe
, and marched off for the army headquarters as the artillery of the enemy was taking position on the heights he had just evacuated.
As he passed their camps the infantry cheered him, a compliment they were always slow to pay the cavalry.
crossed the river at Harper's Ferry
was encamped at Winchester
then restored the Black Horse
to its place in the cavalry division, for Stuart
was ordered to throw