well as in the delicate task of screening the last flank movement, of Jackson
, effective work was done, of which few reports were made.
Following these fights, came the battles of Kelly's Ford
, March 13, 1863, and ‘Fleetwood Hill
’ of June 9th, 1863.
These deserve a fuller notice than can be given.
At the last fight, one of the severest cavalry engagements of modern times, Munford
commanded the 1st, 2nd and 3rd regiments.
He was at Oak Shade
, seven miles from Fleetwood
when the action begun, and owing to conflicting orders received, was delayed in his march.
He arrived in time to render valuable assistance, and his sharp-shooters repulsed the enemy on the left of our lines.
He has been blamed for the delay.
I marched with him, heard the orders he received, and commanded his sharp shooters, losing three men killed, and eighteen wounded in a very few minutes after getting into the fight.
I have not been able to find his official report but the statement made from memory is very nearly corroborated by McClellan
in his life of Stuart
In this fight known as ‘Fleetwood
’ about 10,000 cavalrymen on each side, were engaged all day. The Confederate loss was over 500, and the Federal
over 900 killed, wounded and missing.
I wish that some of these infantry soldiers could have stood on the hill at the Barbour house
and been lookers on. It was a ‘glorious sight to see, for him who had no friend, no brother there.’
The fights at Aldie
were spirited affairs.
commanded the 2nd and 3rd regiments.
He reports the capture of 138 prisoners, while his own loss was 19.
We find few reports from Federal officers in these battles.
In the three engagements, Stuart
reports a loss of 65 killed, 279 wounded, and 166 missing.
in his life of Stuart
gives the Federal
loss at 827.
On the 12th of June General Stuart
began the hazardous movement of crossing the Potomac
and marching around the Federal
He selected Hampton
's, Fitz Lee
's and W. H. F. Lee
's brigades, leaving those of Robertson
and W. E. Jones
to accompany the army into Pennsylvania
These, with Jenkins
' brigade, must have numbered 4,000 sabres, and yet we have often heard, and most men think, that Lee
's army was left without cavalry.
Verily, it will take an hundred years to correct the errors of our history.
Do you ask who will be enquiring about it at the end of the 20th century?
All students of military tactics, the descendants of these sons of veterans who will be tracing their history back to the men who rode with Stuart
, and marched under Lee