command of the Black Horse
, with some other men from the regiment, arrived at Stevensburg
as the Third Virginia Cavalry had been repulsed.
Being in line of battle he charged the Federals
with great spirit, and drove them back on their dismounted line.
then ordered his men to fall back a few hundred yards in an open field, and there rallied them around their colors, under a heavy fire of the enemy.
By this gallant conduct a large number of the Third Virginia, with their lieutenant colonel, were rescued.
For this service General Fitz Lee
complimented Captain Randolph
in high terms, and said it was the most beautiful sight he had ever witnessed.
This commendation was greatly valued by the command, but it had been dearly bought by the loss of many of its bravest members.
General Fitz Lee
continued the pursuit of Meade
as far as Bull run
, who, occasionally, turned upon his pursuers, and punished their audacity, as at Bristow Station. General R. E. Lee
fell back to the Rappahannock
, General Fitz Lee
on the railroad, and Stuart
, with Hampton
's Division, on the turnpike, bringing up the rear.
As soon as Fitz Lee
crossed the river he sent two of the Black Horse
back to watch the enemy's advance, and report his progress in rebuilding the railroad, but with permission to take any other men with them they might select.
They crossed the river and recruited Sergeant Joseph Reid
, of the Black Horse
, a man remarkable even in that army and in that command for sagacity, calmness in the moment of danger, and a lion-like courage.
Having collected much valuable information the party reported to General Fitz Lee
, who ordered Sergeant Reid
to take command of his scouts operating in Lower Fauquier
, Prince William, and Stafford
So well did he perform this hazardous service, that he has left with the people of those localities many a thrilling tale of his daring and hair-breadth escapes.
In consequence of information sent by Sergeant Reid
, that the Federal
army was moving toward the Rappahannock
, furnished with eight days cooked rations, and sixty rounds of ammunition, General Lee
withdrew to the south side of the Rapidan
During this movement Meade
advanced to Mine run
, in Spottsylvania
, where an undecided affair took place between the two armies, the Fourth Virginia Cavalry holding Roberson's ford on the Rapidan
and repelling the efforts of the enemy's cavalry to effect a passage of the river at that point.
From this point the Black Horse
, with the exception of Sergeant Reid
's party, were sent to Upper Fauquier and Loudon counties
to observe and report the enemy's movements, on which duty they remained during the winter, at the close of which they were ordered to report to the regiment at Orange Court-