in the last charge made by their regiment, the Fourteenth Virginia Cavalry, at Appomattox
on the 9th of April, 1865, Captain Bouldin
being in command of the regiment and Mr. Gaines
commanding the company at the time.
Two pieces of artillery were captured from the Federals
and a number of prisoners taken in the course of that last charge and two of the Fourteenth regiment's men were killed.
These are important facts in connection with the history of that eventful day, but there is more.
is just from Appomattox
, where he went over the field with Senator John W. Daniel
and Hon. H. D. Flood
He took particular pains to trace the movements of his regiment on that memorable day. He located the identical spot at which the two pieces of Federal artillery were taken, and it is three-quarters of a mile northwest and in advance of the North Carolina
However, this was not the limit of the Fourteenth Cavalry's advance movement.
found still standing an old log kitchen which was pierced by a sold shot from a cannon during the fight.
An old negro woman inside had one of her arms torn from her body by the missile and died from her injuries.
The old kitchen still shows the shot holes.
still remembered that not far from that spot he and a companion sheltered behind an old stone chimney while they reloaded their pistols.
The chimney has been removed, but Mr. Gaines
found the foundation and talked with the man who hauled the old landmark away since the war. It is estimated that this is a mile in advance of the North Carolina
monument; but the Fourteenth Cavalry attained a position probably a half mile in advance of that, having pressed the enemy through a dense bit of woods and undergrowth.
At this point General Custer
was captured, but in the confusion made his escape.
Soon after this incident, orders were received to fall back.