6-pounder howitzer had been left on Fleetwood Hill
, under charge of Lieutenant Carter
, and with this disabled gun and a very limited amount of ammunition, General Gregg
was held in check until aid from General W. E. Jones
' brigade could be sent.
very naturally supposed that so important a position would not have been left unprotected, and that a stronger protection than one howitzer would have been afforded it. One dash by him with but a single regiment would have taken the position, and placed Stuart
in a very uncomfortable situation.
From early morn till the stars arose did the battle of Brandy Station
The full cavalry forces of both armies were engaged, and neither could claim the advantage in gallantry or skill.
The greater credit is due, perhaps, to the Federals
, because they were the attacking party, and their assault had to be made by crossing a swollen river in the face of a cavalry corps that had the advantage of being on its own ground, and had the means of concentrating at each of the fords, which were the only ways the Federals
had of getting access to the field.
In no engagement between these two cavalry corps were sabers used so freely, or charges by regiments in line made so frequently and furiously.
was then advancing toward Pennsylvania
was screening this movement by keeping to the east of the Blue Ridge
, and marching northward.
The country was checkered with stone fences, strongly built and in good condition.
Along the turnpike from Washington
, passing through Aldie
, and Paris
there was continuous and severe fighting in which the cavalry alone participated.
A Federal force, formed of the second cavalry division under General Gregg
, with Kilpatrick
's brigade and a battery of artillery, moved swiftly and with determination.
Captain Reuben Boston
had been placed with his Confederate squadron on the right of the road, with instructions to hold it. It appeared later that this little band had been