was the guarding of the Potomac River
on a line nearly one hundred and twenty-five miles in length.
No more striking and picturesque figure than Ashby
ever won the confidence and affections of his followers.
Since his boyhood he had been famed as a horseman, even in that land of centaurs.
Throughout all those marvelous campaigns in the Valley
, which have made Jackson
immortal, Turner Ashby
, as brigadier-general, commanded the cavalry that formed an impenetrable screen between Jackson
and the Federal
armies in his front.
In May and June, 1862, Jackson
moved up the Shenandoah valley, Generals Banks
following with fourteen thousand troops.
, with his army, was approaching Strasburg
from the direction of Moorefield
, while General Shields
, who had crossed the Blue Ridge
from the east, was moving up Luray Valley on Jackson
's left flank, with still another division.
waited at Strasburg
nearly twenty-four hours for one of his regiments, which he had left below him, to rejoin his command.
approached within ten miles, was met by General Richard Taylor
, and held in check until Jackson
, starting his wagon trains off before him, had followed in a leisurely manner, while Ashby
, with his cavalry, kept back Fremont
, who was pressing Jackson
was moving rapidly in the hope of intercepting Jackson
before he could cross the Blue Ridge
, which Shields
supposed he was striving to do. A few miles south of Harrisonburg
turned toward Port Republic
, encountered Fremont
's cavalry, under Colonel Percy Wyndham
, which Ashby
quickly routed, capturing Colonel Wyndham
and a large part of his command.
sent forward General Bayard
and his command, which met the Fifty-eighth Virginia, near Cross Keys
dismounted, and placing himself at the head of this infantry regiment, received the bullet which ended his career.
His former regiment, with certain additions, was organized into a brigade consisting of the Second, Sixth, Seventh,