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Companys several Captains.

On the morning of the 21st of July, 1861, Captain Hardesty resigned the command of Company D, and Hugh M. Nelson was elected captain, but, not being present, Lieutenant William Taylor, than whom no braver man ever lived, led the company through that [149] terrible day. At the reorganization, in April, 1862, Daniel T. Richards was elected captain, Joseph McK. Kennerly first lieutenant, R. Owen Allen second lieutenant, and Cumberland-George Shumate third lieutenant. After Richard's promotion Kennerley became captain, and in 1864 Nathaniel Willis was elected first lieutenant and William Moore second lieutenant, but they never received their commissions. Of all the officers that commanded Company D, from April, 1861, to April, 1865, but three are living, and Colonel Grimsley is the only survivor of the commanding officers of the 6th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. Our brigade commanders were Generals James E. B. Stuart, Fitzhugh Lee, Beverley H. Robertson, William E. Jones, Lunsford L. Lomax and William H. Payne. General Stuart was afterwards made major-general, commanding all the cavalry, which he did up to the time of his death, at Yellow Tavern, May 12, 1864, when glorious, dashing Wade Hampton was made lieutenant-general, commanding the Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. These thunderbolts of war, having carved their epitaphs with gleaming sabres, need no encomiums nor recitals of their chivalrous deeds. High up in the dazzling niche of fame and glory, they stand as peers of Ney, Murat, and Henry of Navarre.


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