Sergt. Joseph W. Kuykendall
, Company F, Seventh Virginia cavalry, a special scout for General Early
, who knew Kelley
personally, as he had once been a prisoner in his hands, was charged with the pleasure of reversing the old conditions by the capture of this general.
Sergt. Joseph L. Vandiver
, who had the style of a field marshal, and could easily pass for a full general, was appointed to take General Crook
and others were detailed to cut all telegraph lines, while specific instructions to guard various points were given to the remainder of the troop.
These dispositions being made, the command moved on the pike into Green street, around the Court House hill, crossing Chain bridge, and marched up Baltimore street, the main thoroughfare, in the dim light of approaching morning.
Some people were astir, but the intrepid Rangers rode on carelessly, whistling wellknown Federal army tunes and now and then guying a sentinel.
The first halt was made in front of the Barnum house
, since then named the Windsor, where Kuykendall
's squad proceeded to their work, while the others rode on to the Revere house
, where General Crook
's band dismounted without exciting the suspicion of the sentry, who was easily disarmed by Sprigg Lynn
, the first man in advance.
Entering the hotel and going to the second floor, Major Melvin
's adjutant-general, was caught in his bed, and the information gained that the General
was in the adjacent room.
He was at once awakened and told that he was a prisoner.
said the nervous officer; ‘to whom am I surrendering?’
satisfied his anxiety on that point by saying: ‘To Captain McNeill
, by order of General Rosser
That was so sufficient under the circumstances that the general and his adjutant were soon dressed and mounted on the horses of two troopers, who, yielding their saddle seats to their captives, rode behind out of the city.