was a dashing and imprudent soldier and Shields
a headlong Irishman.
's cavalry was commanded by Sir Percy Wyndham
, an Englishman, a soldier of fortune, who had served under Garibaldi
with Maj. Robideau Wheat
mounted a considerable force of infantry in wagons, and with them supporting his cavalry pushed and harassed Jackson
day and night.
The Union cavalry became very bold.
They rode over the Confederate
guns and over Confederate cavalry when it pleased them.
were in command of the cavalry, and they determined to give Sir Percy a lesson.
On the 5th of June, Jackson
turned from the main turnpike, south to Stanton
, toward Port Republic
, east of the Shenandoah
and west of the Blue Ridge
, where he could head off both Fremont
, and if necessary, dodge through a gap in the mountains and hold the gap against their combined force.
During the next day, the 6th, Sir Percy pressed on the Confederate cavalry rear, but Ashby
, as crafty as an Indian, drew him into an ambuscade, and captured him and his leading squadron, dispersing the rest.
This taught the Union
general some caution, and he began to perceive that Jackson
's retreat was not a flight, but was strategy.
Late in the afternoon Ashby
in person reported to General Ewell
that the wagon brigade had pushed far ahead of the infantry, and if the general would give him a few regiments, he would capture the whole gang of this four-wheeled cavalry.
gave him the First Maryland, the Forty-fourth and Fifty-eighth Virginia.
The First Maryland was, as usual, in the rear, and, therefore, when the command was faced about, was entitled to the right of the line.
‘Always next the enemy,’ they claimed— ‘in front going toward him, behind going from him.’
When, therefore, by countermarching they were thrown in the rear, they lost their post of honor.
that morning had dressed himself in a new uniform, little worn, glittering with gold lace and the three stars of