have had good ground for marching after getting out of the rocky fastnesses of Round Top.
As we had no cavalry on our right, the Union cavalry was held on their right to observe the Confederates under Stuart, except Kilpatrick's division (and Custer's brigade of that division was retained on their right). A little while after the repulse of our column, Stuart's cavalry advanced and was met by Gregg's, and made one of the severest and most stubborn fights of cavalry on record.
General Wade Hh, Col. Nathaniel P. Richmond; 5th N. Y., Maj. John Hammond; 18th Pa., Lieut.-Col. William P. Brinton; 1st Vt., Lieut.-Col. Addison W. Preston; 1st W. Va. (10 cos.), Col. Nathaniel P. Richmond, Maj. Charles E. Capehart. Second Brigade, Brig.-Gen. George A. Custer; 1st Mich., Col. George H. Town; 5th Mich., Col. Russell A. Alger; 6th Mich., Col. George Gray; 7th Mich. (10 cos.), Col. William D. Mann.
horse artillery :--First Brigade, Capt. James M. Robertson; 9th Mich. Batt., Capt. Jabez J.
ten thousand strong, from the Valley to ride across James River, through Lynchburg, to join the northward march of Sherman's column.
His divisions were under Generals Custer and Devens; General Wesley Merritt was his chief of cavalry.
He was to destroy railroads, canals, bridges, and other works of value as he marched.
He found that command posted behind field-works, but the line did not cover the left of the position near the river.
After some preliminary dashes, General Custer found his way around General Early's left, and, with part of the cavalry dismounted, made a bold, simultaneous charge on the front and flank, breaking up the th Corps was not in position until four o'clock in the afternoon.
General Sheridan planned for battle to have General Merritt display the cavalry divisions of Custer and Devens against the Confederate front and right, to convey the impression that that was the field from which his battle would be made, while he drew up and mas
ast line of battle
Longstreet endeavors to recall his chief, hearing of a break where the Confederate troops could pass
Custer demands surrender of Longstreet
reminded of irregularity, and that he was in the enemy's lines
meeting with General Grvisions for General Lee's army.
He gave notice to Merritt's and Crook's cavalry, and rode twenty-eight miles in time for Custer's division to pass the station, cut off the trains, and drive back the guard advancing to protect them.
He helped himselfter delivering the message, Captain Sims, through some informality, was sent to call the truce.
The firing ceased.
General Custer rode to Captain Sims to know his authority, and, upon finding that he was of my staff, asked to be conducted to my Headquarters, and down they came in fast gallop, General Custer's flaxen locks flowing over his shoulders, and in brusk, excited manner, he said,--In the name of General Sheridan I demand the unconditional surrender of this army.
He was reminded tha