because it had been placed on the left of the line of battle, and McDonald
since Bannockburn had always held the right of the clans, they always were in front, whether posted there or not. They took it, and held it!
was expelled from the valley by the overwhelming force of Sheridan
, the Maryland
Line cavalry and artillery were attached to Davidson
's brigade, afterward commanded by Gen. Wm. L. Jackson
There they served in Lomax
's cavalry division during the winter until March, 1865, when the remnant of Early
's command was dispersed by Sheridan
across the mountains toward Richmond
, the Marylanders hung on his flank and annoyed him as flies worry a horse, but could do no harm.
In the latter part of March, 1865, they were ordered to report to General Fitz Lee
at Stony Creek
the evening of April 1st they camped there, and next day, Sunday, April 2d, saw the evacuation of the capital of the Confederacy
had then been reduced to less than one hundred.
At Stony Creek
they found General Lee
had moved, and they received orders to cover the rear of Mahone
's division, the rear guard of the army.
On the 4th of April, Colonel Dorsey
, commanding the First Maryland, joined Gen. Fitzhugh Lee
and was assigned to Gen. Wm. H. Payne
was wounded at Amelia Springs
and was succeeded by Gen. Thos. T. Munford
Under him, the Marylanders, like the McDonalds, always nearest the enemy, kept the enemy pursuing them in check.
On the 9th of April a heavy force of the Federal
cavalry was seen moving along Munford
's front, parallel to it. Dorsey
mounted his men and, pulling down a fence in his front, was moving through the gaps in it toward the enemy.
As soon as his first section had passed through, they saw the Federals
in full charge at them not a hundred yards off. ‘We must charge them,’ said Capt. William J. Raisin
, ‘that's our only chance.’