to kill him, and so called out to him to “ surrender,” as his position was hopeless.
He replied by emptying his revolver and then hurling it at us and drawing his saber, when we shot him through the body, killing him. His men were nearly all killed, wounded, or captured, very few escaping to their own lines.
was a fine fellow who, like all
those who fought
on each side, had buried all bitterness of feeling.”
All things considered, it seems wonderful that these four regiments did not suffer more severely (sixty-five casualties out of three hundred men in the charge). This fact can best be accounted for by the moral effect of the charge, the fearless troopers leaping the obstacles and sabering many of the Confederate infantry in their positions.
The Confederate general, Law, said of this:
It was impossible to use our artillery to any advantage, owing to the close quarters of the attacking cavalry with our own men, the leading squadrons forcing their horses up to the very muzzles of the rifles of our infantry.
But while this was taking place on the Federal
left flank, a great cavalry battle, fraught with tremendous responsibilities, was being waged on the right flank.
On July 3d, the Second Cavalry Division, under Gregg
, had been ordered to the right of the line with orders to make a demonstration against the Confederates
About noon, a despatch reached Gregg
that a large body of the Southern
cavalry was observed from Cemetery Hill
, moving against the right of the Union
In consequence of this important information, Custer
's brigade, which had been ordered back to Kilpatrick
's command, was held by Gregg
This Confederate column moving to the attack was Stuart
's cavalry, which, belated by many obstacles, was advancing toward the lines of Ewell
took position on a ridge, which commanded a wide area of open ground, and