mountains to Moorefield, in Hardy County, West Virginia
, and there learning that a large wagon train of supplies was moving from New Creek
, moved forward to take it. He found parked at Medley a train of ninety-five wagons, guarded by three hundred infantry and a small body of cavalry.
He moved one regiment toward the rear of this body, placed others on the flank, and then opened with one gun on its front.
The effect was to stampede the teamsters, and the infantry were unable to withstand the attack by dismounted cavalry, so that in a short time the wagons, with some prisoners, fell into Rosser
On the 1st of February, moving upon the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, at Patterson's Creek
, he captured the guard there, and brought out about twelve hundred cattle and some sheep.
On the 7th of June, Sheridan
was sent with two divisions to communicate with Hunter
, and to break up the Virginia Central Railroad and the James River Canal
He started on this mission with eighty-nine hundred cavalry.
On the morning of the 8th, Hampton
, who had succeeded Stuart
in the command of the Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, moved with two divisions and some batteries of horse artillery to look after this movement.
His first step was to intercept Sheridan
before he reached the railroad.
On the night of the 10th, he had reached Green Spring Valley
, three miles from Trevilian Station, and there encamped.
At this time General Fitzhugh Lee
was at Louisa Court House, and Custer
, with his characteristic boldness, took an unguarded road around Hampton
's right and essayed to reach Trevilian
He captured ambulances, caissons, and many led horses.
Near at hand was Thompson
's battery, wholly unmindful of danger, and this Custer
essayed to take.
But Colonel Chew
, commander of the battalion of artillery to which this belonged, deployed a South Carolina regiment to hold Custer
in check until he could get another battery into position.
This he soon did, and Rosser
, coming up with his brigade at the moment,