caissons were emptied and the bombshells carried over by cavalrymen in their hands.
After capturing a canalboat laden with commissary stores, Stuart
proceeded to Rockville
, in the direction of Washington City
Here a large Union flag was flying, which he would not allow his men to pull down, saying he was not fighting the flag, but his real motive was that he wanted it as a decoy.
several regiments were sent in the direction of Washington
, who captured the long wagon-train so often spoken of in connection with this campaign.
It was drawn by more than an hundred mules, and seemed a rich prize; but it proved in the end a serious disadvantage, for it retarded the movements of the command, beside requiring a large detail of men. This raid produced great consternation among the enemy, and drew from Meade
's army all his available cavalry to oppose it. But for this encumbrance Stuart
could to better advantage have engaged the enemy, and destroyed, or, at least, interrupted the communications with Washington
, eighteen miles west of Baltimore
, the Fourth Virginia Regiment charged a regiment of Federal cavalry, driving a portion of it toward Baltimore
, and the rest toward Frederick
From this point Stuart
proceeded to Hanover
, in Pennsylvania
, where he engaged a large cavalry force under General Kilpatrick
In this fight the Second North Carolina Regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel William H. Payne
, formerly captain of the Black Horse
He bore himself with conspicuous gallantry, and was taken prisoner in a charge which he led, the regiment sustaining considerable loss in killed and wounded.
The effort of Kilpatrick
to detain Stuart
was foiled by this fight, and he moved on to Carlisle barracks, which, with his artillery, he set on fire.
cavalry marched to Gettysburg
, and took position on Lee
's left, near Huntersville
They took part in the battle on the memorable 3d of July, 1863, in which the Southern Confederacy received its death wound.
's advance into Virginia
retired to the south bank of the Rapidan
, with headquarters at Orange Court-House
, where he remained until October 11th.
He then determined to assume the offensive.
With this intent he ordered General Fitz Lee
, with whom the Black Horse
was serving, to cross the Rapidan
and Morton's fords, where he found himself face to face with Buford
's cavalry division.
In the fight which ensued, the Black Horse
lost some of its bravest men, and the Fourth Virginia two of its most gallant officers.
This spirited attack, combined with an attack by General Lomax
's Brigade, compelled Buford
's retreat to the direction of Stevensburg
, closely pursued by Lomax