The Second Manassas campaign.
The 2d Virginia cavalry was assigned to duty as the advance guard of Jackson
, in his life of Stuart
, says: ‘Colonel Munford
had seen much service in the Valley
, and had performed the same duty for him during the battles around Richmond
At Bristoe Station Jackson
sent Colonel Munford
to surprise and capture the place; this he succeeded in doing, dispersing a cavalry company, capturing forty-three of an infantry regiment, and killing and wounding a goodly number.
He participated in the movements that culminated in the capture of Manassas Junction
with a large quantity of stores, and when Ewell
had to withdraw from Bristoe Station, the 2d and 5th regiments, under Munford
, covered his rear.
On the 28th, 29th and 30th of July, 1862, the fights at Grovetown and Manassas
There were numerous engagements of the cavalry, with only a few reports.
In one of these, near the Lewis House
's brigade, to which the 2d regiment had been attached, met Buford
's cavalry brigade in one of the most brilliant fights of the war. Every account I have met with, accords to Munford
and the 2d Virginia the honors
of the fight.
led the charge, and was dismounted by a sabre stroke, and his horse killed.
In a few moments, five of his men were killed outright, and over forty wounded. The 7th and 12th regiments—the latter commanded by Colonel A. W. Harman
—supported the charge.
In this fight more than 300 prisoners were captured.