detached from General Lee
's Army, and co-operating with General Fitz Lee
's Division of Cavalry.
The brigade of William R. Terry
, of Bedford
, as we called him—was composed of the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 11th and 24th Regiments of Virginia Infantry.
Amongst its previous commanders were James L. Kemper
, A. P. Hill
and James Longstreet
That morning it was leading the division, and the 24th Infantry (Major Bentley
commanding) was leading the brigade.
It was a beautiful morning.
Everybody was in fine spirits.
The “esprit du corps,” so characteristic of Pickett
's Division, marked it as a body of men of which any commander might be proud.
‘Enemy in front,’ holding ford over Hatcher's Run
, came from one of our scouts.
The division was at once halted, and General Pickett
rode up to me (my regiment was next to the 24th) and told me that Terry
would take the 24th Regiment and drive the enemy from the ford in our front.
said he would accompany him; that there were troops on the march in the rear of his division, but I should permit none of them to pass me. He also said if Major Bentley
needed help he would send for my regiment and that I should transmit my orders to Colonel Joseph Mayo
, commanding the 3rd Infantry, and next behind me. Soon after Bentley
engaged the enemy, Generals Rosser
rode up at the head of Rosser
's Cavalry Division, of which Dearing
commanded one of the brigades.
Would stay in fight.
I halted them, and told General Rosser
's orders, that no troops should pass the head of his division.
‘Well,’ said General Rosser
, ‘my division may halt, but Jim Dearing
and myself are going down to help Terry
I knew Rosser
well, for they were both from my county of Campbell
, and I knew that objection on my part would be useless.
They both had rather be in a fight than out of it. Braver men I never knew.
They galloped to the front.
Just then a courier from Pickett
summoned me down.
I transmitted my orders to Mayo
, and moved rapidly to the ford.
As the enemy saw our approach he evacuated the ford, and hid himself on the eminence just beyond.
had crossed when I got there, and I rode across and sought General