Chesapeake & Ohio railroad.
The enemy was tearing up and destroying the railroad ties.
dismounted his command, about ninety men, the rest left as horse holders and as reserve.
He himself got up close to them and saw their position.
Returning to his command, he attacked and moved forward, driving in pickets and skirmishers sent out to stop him. He pressed them back on the line of Sheridan
's command formed to receive him. Thirteen thousand to one hundred and fifty was odds.
was obliged to decline and Brown
The next morning, in obedience to a dispatch from Gen. J. E. B. Stuart
to attack and delay them until he could get up, he stood against this overwhelming force all the morning, constantly forcing them to form line of battle and move forward in order.
was thus able to get to Yellow Tavern
just after Sheridan
had passed that point and was about to attack Richmond
Line paid dearly for the honor won that day. Capt. Schwartz
, Company F, and Lieut. J. A. Ventris Pue
, Company A, were badly wounded, and died on being carried off by the Federals
They did not die from wounds, but from maltreatment in being borne over bad roads in a rough ambulance.
The ride killed them, not the bullets.
In the latter part of May Lee
's army fell back to the line of the North Anna
, and Grant
as usual moved by his right and crossed the Pamunkey
at Dabney's Ferry. Colonel Johnson
and the cavalry of the Line
happened to be near there watching for such a movement.
of North Carolina
was there with Gordon
's North Carolina brigade, and he attacked the party which had crossed the river and driven off the Confederate
Gen. Fitzhugh Lee
, to whom Colonel Johnson
was temporarily reporting, directed him to go to the assistance of Baker
After a conference Johnson
agreed that if Baker
could hold the Federals
while he, Johnson
, could get around them, they two would capture the