himself, if I mistake not, for their recovery.
No! No! “The prestige of success
rest finally and forever with the Federal
horsemen, but there were many bright days between times, when the Confederate
troopers could exult in conscious victory; and on the last day, glory, as of the setting sun, crowned the arms of the remnant of Fitz Lee
's old brigade, when, under the gallant Munford
, they made, at the High Bridge
, near Farmville
, a successful charge --the last charge of the war. No more accomplished commander, no harder fighter than General Gregg
was to be found in the Federal
army, and no one can afford better than he gracefully to acknowledge the achievements of the Southern Horse
“The fight at Brandy Station
or “The battle of Fleetwood
,” as Stuart
called it, was one of the most splendid passages-at-arms which the war furnished.
General R. E. Lee
was commencing the movement of his army which resulted in the Gettysburg campaign
, and had already moved Ewell
's Corps to the vicinity of Culpepper Court-House.
On the 7th of June, he notified General Stuart
that he would review his cavalry on the next day. This review was held on the 8th of June, on the broad open fields which lie between Brandy Station
and Culpepper Court-House.
On the evening of the same day the brigades were moved down toward the Rappahannock
, preparatory to the crossing, which it was contemplated to make the next day. Fitz Lee
's Brigade, commanded by Colonel Thomas T. Munford
, having charge of the pickets on the upper Rappahannock
, was, with the exception of the Fourth Virginia Cavalry, moved across the Hazel river
. W. H. F. Lee
's Brigade was stationed on the road to Welford's ford; Jones
' Brigade on the road to Beverly's ford, and Robertson
's Brigade on the farm of John Minor Botts
, picketing the lower fords.
's Brigade was held in reserve.
One battery of horse artillery was sent with Fitz Lee
's Brigade across the Hazel river
; the remaining four batteries accompanied Jones
The object of the movement contemplated for the next morning was not to make an extensive cavalry raid, but to place the command in such position as best to protect the flank of our army while marching northward.
Orders were issued to march at an early hour on the 9th, and, ignorant of any concentration of the enemy's cavalry on the opposite side, the battalion of horse artillery bivouacked close to Beverly's ford, in advance of Jones
The position was an exposed one, and nearly resulted in serious loss.
With everything in readiness for an early start, Stuart
himself bivouacked on the night of the 8th, on Fleetwood Hill
, so-called from the name of the residence there situated.
The hill is between