himself in front of the advancing columns of McClellan
, and delay his march until Lee
could again interpose between the Federal
army and Richmond
In obedience to this order, Stuart
crossed the Blue Ridge
into Loudon county
, and heavily skirmished with the Federal
advance through that county and Upper Fauquier.
At Union, near the dividing line of the counties, he held his position so well that it was not until the evening of the second day that he was compelled to relinquish it. At Upperville
, and Barbee
's cross-roads, Stuart
made stands until compelled to retreat by the pressure of numbers.
In the meantime, Lee
crossed the Blue Ridge
, at Chester gap
, and took position on the south bank of the Rappahannock
He was there informed that McClellan
had been relieved, and Burnside
promoted to the command of the Federal
army, and that he had indicated his intention of marching toward Fredericksburg
again put his army in motion, and posted it on the Spottsylvania Heights
, at Fredericksburg
, and confronted Burnside
on the opposite side of the river.
The Union army again suffered defeat, and again changed its general.
In the winter of 1863, while General Hooker
was on the north bank of the Rappahannock
, the Black Horse
was detached from the Fourth Virginia Cavalry, and ordered to Lower Fauquier
and Stafford county
to report the enemy's movements to General Lee
During this time the command performed many brilliant exploits in its numerous encounters with the enemy, captured three hundred prisoners, and minutely reported Hooker
Its services were handsomely acknowledged by General Lee
and General Stuart
in general orders.
An incident that occurred at this time illustrates the nature of this service.
General Fitz Lee
, with a brigade of cavalry, had crossed the Rappahannock
, at Kelly's ford
, and moving down the north bank of the river, had driven the enemy's pickets to within three miles of Falmouth
At Hartwood church he captured a number of prisoners, and detailing a guard of men, whose horses were in a weak and crippled condition, ordered Lieutenant A. D. Payne
to take command and conduct them to the army, crossing at the United States
But he informed him that he would, in all probability, fall in with a company of Confederate cavalry which had been on picket.
After proceeding about two miles, Lieutenant Payne
came suddenly on a body of cavalry drawn up in the road, and discovered, after calling to know to which flag they belonged, that they were a squadron of the enemy.
He immediately turned about, and, ordering the guard to shoot any prisoner who should