The battle horse, “Highfly,” carried General “Jeb
through many campaigns and had become his favored companion.
The intelligence and faithfulness of the steed had many times borne the dashing cavalier through desperate perils.
In the summer of 1862, at Verdiersville
on the Plank Road
and Orange, in Virginia
was stretched out upon a bench on the porch of the tavern, awaiting the arrival of General Fitzhugh Lee
with whom he desired to confer on the next movement of the cavalry.
“Highfly” was unbridled and grazing in the yard near the road.
The clatter of horses aroused the Confederate
general, and he walked to the roadway, leaving behind on the bench his hat, in which was a black plume, the pride of Stuart
Suddenly, horsemen dashed around the bend in the road and Stuart
was within gunshot of Federal cavalry.
He was nonplussed; he had expected to see Fitzhugh Lee
. Mounting his faithful and speedy bay he soon left the chagrined cavalry far behind, but the foe carried away the hat with its black plume.
In the first great battle of the Civil War
, at Bull Run
, there was a bright bay horse, with white face and feet.
His rider was seriously wounded.
The horse was turned back to the quartermaster to recover from his wounds received that day. Later, in September, General Meade
bought the horse and named him “Baldy
became deeply attached to the horse, his staff officers soon began to complain of the peculiar pace of “Baldy
,” which was hard to follow.
He had a racking gait that was faster than a walk and slow for a trot and compelled the staff, alternately, to trot and then to drop into a walk, causing great discomfort.
's” war record was remarkable.
He was wounded twice at the first battle of Bull Run
; he was at the battle of Drainesville; he took part in two of the seven days fighting