it sprung from the intense energy of his will, which
bore him on to do his duty with an irresistible impetuosity.
His faculties were only quickened by the nearness of danger, which he was sure to make the best preparations to meet.
An instinctive perception of character assisted him in choosing among his companions those whom it was wise to betrust; and a reciprocal sympathy made the obedience of his soldiers an act of affectionate confidence.
Wherever he was posted in the battle field, the fight was sure to be waged with fearlessness, good judgment, and massive energy.
Of all the officers whom Virginia
sent into the war, next to Washington
was the greatest; equal to every occasion in the camp or before an enemy, unless it were that he knew not how to be idle or to retreat.
In ten days after he received his commission, he attracted to himself from the valley a company of ninety six young backwoodsmen.
His first lieutenant
was John Humphreys
; his second, William Heth
; his sergeant, Charles Porterfield
No captain ever commanded braver soldiers, or was better supported by his officers; in twenty one days they marched from Winchester
In Maryland Michael Cresap
, then just thirty three years old, on receiving notice by the committee of Frederick
, to raise a company, despatched a messenger beyond the Alleghanies
, and at his bidding two and twenty of his old companions in arms, leaving behind them their families and their all, came swift as a roe or a young hart over the mountains.
From the east side, so many volunteered that he could pick his men; and with light step and dauntless spirit they marched to the siege of Boston