's famous Valley Campaign, Ashby
met his own death, on June 6, 1862.
As he fell, his last words to his troopers were: “Charge men!
For God's sake, charge!”
Next to the gallant Ashby
there was no partisan leader whose death created a greater loss to the South
than John Hunt Morgan
He was a slightly older man than Ashby
and had seen service in the Mexican War
. When the call to arms sounded, he was one of the first to organize a company of cavalry and pledge his support to the Southern
He was fearless and tireless, a hard rider, and a man of no mean ability as a tactician and strategist.
's men were picked for their daring and their horsemanship, and until the day of his death, he was a thorn in the flesh of the Union
Starting before daybreak, Morgan
and his troopers would rush along through the day, scarcely halting to rest their weary and jaded horses.
When, worn to the very limit of endurance, the exhausted animals refused to go farther, the cavalrymen would quickly tear off saddle and bridle, and leaving the horse to live or die, would hurry along to the nearest farm or plantation and secure a fresh mount.
At night, far from their starting-point, the dust-covered troopers threw themselves, yelling and cheering, on the Union
outposts, riding them down and creating consternation in the Camp or bivouac.
Then, with prisoners or perhaps captured wagon trains, the rangers rode, ghostlike, back through the night, while calls for reenforcements were being passed through the Federal
By dawn, Morgan
and his weary horsemen would have safely regained their own lines, while oftentimes the Union
troops were still waiting an attack at the spot where the unexpected night raid had been made.
's famous raid through the State of Ohio
exerted a moral and political influence which was felt throughout the entire North
On their raids, Morgan
's men were usually accompanied by an expert telegraph operator.
They would charge an isolated telegraph office on the railroad communications of the