a junction with Gregg
The fight upon the left was obstinate and bloody, and our troops maintained their ground with difficulty, until the opportune arrival of Colonel Munford
with Fitz Lee
's Brigade, who attacked the enemy in flank at Green's house and Welford
's, with sharpshooters and artillery, causing them to fall back toward the river, upon which our pickets were established at nightfall.
Knowing that a force of infantry was present with both of the columns which had attacked him, and believing that the enemy's cavalry alone outnumbered ours, General Stuart
had applied to General Lee
for an infantry support, which arrived about four o'clock in the afternoon.
This force, a portion of Ewell
's Corps, was stationed to protect the Fleetwood Hill
, and to support the brigades of the two Lees on our left.
But the battle was virtually over before their arrival, and they did not fire a gun. Their presence, however, revealed to General Pleasonton
another item of information which he had set out to obtain.
While these events were transpiring near Brandy Station
, affairs wore a far different complexion near Stevensburg
, to which point Colonel M. C. Butler
's Second South Carolina, and Colonel W. C. Wickham
's Fourth Virginia Cavalry had been sent to oppose the advance of Duffie
On his arrival near Willis Madden's house, Colonel Wickham
already engaged with the enemy.
Before dispositions could be made, either to receive or make an attack, a charge of the enemy produced some confusion in a portion of the line of the Second South Carolina, which extended to the Fourth Virginia.
The whole regiment became demoralized, and ran from the enemy's charge without firing a gun. They were pursued through the town of Stevensburg
, and for some distance beyond, nor could the men be rallied until satisfied that the enemy's pursuit had ceased.
In his report, Stuart
says: “This regiment usually fights well, and its stampede on this occasion is unaccountable.”
In fact, the Fourth Virginia was one of our largest and best regiments.
The men were deeply humiliated by this disgraceful conduct.
Through their colonel they presented to General Stuart
an humble confession of their fault, and a promise that they would wipe out their disgrace upon the next field of battle — a promise which the future history of the regiment fully redeemed.
This affair cost us some valuable lives.
The bursting of one shell killed Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hampton
, brother of General Wade Hampton
, and Captain Farley
, volunteer aide-de-camp to General Stuart
, and carried away the foot of Colonel M. C. Butler
, necessitating amputation of the leg, and depriving his regiment of his valuable services for many months.