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‘ [297] nothing could resist them. The Second Massachusetts captured seventy-four men, a lieutenant-colonel, three captains, and several lieutenants. This was the first time that Colonel Lowell's men ever really measured him. Such a noble scorn of death and danger they never saw before, and it inspired them with a courage that quailed at nothing.’

On the 3d of September the army was again in motion; and on the 8th, Colonel Lowell was appointed to the command of the ‘Reserve Brigade,’ which was made to consist of three regiments of regular cavalry, one of artillery, and his own volunteer regiment, and was considered the best cavalry brigade in the service. This appointment was the more honorable to Lowell, as he owed it in no degree to personal favor or influence. He had been utterly unknown to General Sheridan at the beginning of the campaign, and the high estimation he now enjoyed had flowed from his own merits only.

In the superb charge at Winchester (19th September), when our cavalry rode over a whole division of the enemy and drove their army flying through the town and for miles up the turnpike, till night ended the pursuit, Lowell achieved new distinction. ‘At one moment,’ says an officer of his regiment, ‘he found himself, with one captain and four men, face to face with a Rebel gun. The piece was discharged, killing both the horses and tearing off the captain's arm. The Colonel quietly mounted the first horse that came up; and the gun was his.’ ‘A little more spunk,’ said Lowell, never satisfied that enough had been done, to a member of Sheridan's staff, ‘and we should have had all their colors.’ ‘A little more go,’ was the answer, ‘and you would have been in Richmond.’

The 9th of October was the date of a hardly less brilliant fight, called by our men, in allusion to the complete rout of the Confederates, the ‘Woodstock Races.’ Here the cavalry of Sheridan's army tried its strength against that of the enemy, which was commanded by General Rosser, the long-expected ‘savior of the valley.’ Colonel Lowell held the Strasburg turnpike, and it fell to him to lead the attack that

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