some great danger menaced us. His meaning, translated by one of the family, was that a large force of the enemy's cavalry had entered the fields on the left, approaching the house, from which they were now but a short distance.
This was startling news, and rising hastily from the table, we buckled on our swords and pistols, while Pegram
went out to reconnoitre.
It was just such a dash as a spirited and enterprising cavalry officer might have made.
Much to our relief it proved to be Scott
's cavalry, who, also, had obtained blue suits from the captured stores.
An order was issued that day prohibiting the soldiers from wearing blue uniforms.
had five sons, three with him, all warm Southern men, another a prisoner at Camp Chase, on account of his Southern proclivities, while the fifth was as strongly attached to the Union
Thus did we often find families divided in Kentucky
We were now barely eight miles from Lexington
Visitors at Mr. Todhunter
's had been in the town that morning, and they all concurred in saying that the enemy were rapidly receiving reinforcements.
This, together with the great value of Lexington
and the rich country of which it is the metropolis, left little reason to believe that the enemy would retire without another struggle.
Our situation was a little precarious.
The soldiers had straggled so badly that, at this time, not more than 2,500 men could have been placed in line of battle.
immediately sent to General Heth
, who had reached Richmond
, directing him to unload his wagons, put as many men on them as possible, and send them to him. That officer responded with such alacrity that by 8 o'clock the next morning 2,000 men had come to our assistance.
In the meanwhile, more for the purpose of gaining time than anything else, Colonel Pegram
was sent to demand the surrender of Lexington
To his surprise, he found no pickets, and with much difficulty, late as it was in the night and the citizens all abed, found anyone of whom to demand the surrender.
Finally he reached the Mayor
, who formaly surrendered the town, which had been evacuated the preceding afternoon.
As soon as the tidings of this event reached General Smith
, he dispatched a regiment to Lexington
as a police guard and to take charge of whatever military stores had been left.
As we rode forward in the morning the scene was lovely beyond description — a brilliant river and fresh sweet atmosphere; a long rolling landscape, mellowing under the early Autumn rays, but still covered with luxuriant blue grass, intersected with numerous low stone fences crossing each other at right angles, and studded with brick mansions and little whitened outhouses also of brick, with gray plastered