did not allow of tarrying.
On April 28th, the command reached Morgantown
, where it crossed on a suspension bridge to the west side of the Monongahela
, and after dark moved on Fairmont
Here the Federals
were found in considerable force, which, after some fighting, was dispersed, and the object of the visit to that point being the destruction of the fine iron bridge, of three spans of three hundred feet each, that work was entered upon and continued until the bridge was destroyed.
Oiltown, near Elizabeth Court House, on the Little Kanawha River
, was owned mainly by Southern men who had first engaged in the oil industry.
There were found thousands of gallons of oil, in barrels, tanks, and in deep flatboats then on the water.
All was burned, and Dante
might have gained some new impressions of the regions described by him, from the scenes that presented themselves to the destroyers.
The dense, black smoke rose to the heights of hundreds of feet; the intense heat caused by the burning oil excited a breeze, and the flat-boats filled with burning oil, floated down the river toward Elizabeth
After thirty days incessant marching, without supplies of food, save what was taken from the people, without artillery or wagons of any kind, the expedition returned with seven hundred prisoners, one thousand cattle and twelve hundred horses, and with a loss of ten killed and forty-two wounded.
was back in the Valley
the last week of May, and, by crossing the mountains, joined Stuart
near Culpeper Court House.
A little later he took conspicuous part in the battle of Brandy Station
and the ensuing campaign.
The events and incidents of that and the following campaigns to the death of General Stuart
, have been already related.
General Thomas L. Rosser
had been assigned to the command of the old Ashby
brigade, and soon proved himself a most efficient cavalry commander.
In January, 1864, then under General Early
in the Valley District, he was in command of the cavalry.
On January 29th, Rosser