by some one who reported the fact that he had left West Point
to join the Confederate army.
He was placed under surveillance and not allowed to cross the river to Louisville
However, he accepted the first opportunity to elude the authorities and went up to Jeffersonville
Around his stay at Jeffersonville
and subsequent escape there is woven a pretty little romance, which, whether true or not, is worth relating.
He had disguised himself as one of General Scott
's couriers, so the story goes, before entering the town, and while watching his chance to slip across the river, he became acquainted with a pretty Yankee maiden, who was visiting friends in the place.
She became smitten with the handsome young soldier, and they were together much.
By and by he gained her confidence sufficiently to disclose his identity without fear of betrayal, and informed her of his purpose to go South and join the Confederate army.
She was a true Northern girl, and endeavored to prevail upon him to stand by the ‘old flag,’ but he was firm.
Love has been known to be stronger than patriotism in hearts colder than that of a sympathetic maiden.
It was true in her case, and Cupid
in her heart.
Finding her entreaties of no avail, she volunteered to ferry him across the river.
Consequently they took a skiff the following day for a pleasure row on the Ohio
, but they never came back; that is, he did not, for they landed on the old Kentucky
shore, where he bade his fair benefactor a last farewell and she returned to Jeffersonville
by way of the ferryboat.
From the time he set foot upon Kentucky
's brilliant career began.
However, he did not remain in Louisville
long, but hurried on to Montgomery
, then the capital of the Confederacy
, and reported for duty.
He was commissioned first lieutenant in the regular Confederate States
Army, and assigned to duty at Lynchburg, Va.
, where he had charge of the ordnance.
Shortly after reporting there he was ordered to Winchester, Va.
, and was drillmaster of Albertu
In the meantime, the Federal
army, like a huge snake, was coiling itself around Manassas
preparatory to striking Richmond
The Confederate army went out to receive the blow and deliver another in return, and Pelham
rushed to the front with his battery.
All that long day of Manassas
he fought with superb courage.
So well did he handle his guns that he attracted the attention of that Prince Rupert of American calvarymen, General J. E. B. Stuart
. General Stuart
saw what was in the boy, and intrusted him with the orgarnization