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ander was seriously wounded, and private Joel Houghtaling, I fear, mortally wounded, and I had my horse killed. Surgeon Stanton received a ball in his overcoat, and his horse was shot twice. The woods were instantly surrounded, and the carbineers dismounted and sent within them. We killed two and captured four, one of whom is shot twice and not expected to live. I captured two good horses, five shot-guns, one Hall's rifle, and two pistols. The names of the prisoners are as follows: W. D. Farley, First Lieutenant South Carolina Volunteers, Captain on General Bonham's staff; F. De Coradene, Lieutenant Seventh South Carolina Volunteers; P. W. Carper, Seventh South Carolina Volunteers; F. Hildebrand, A. M. Whitten, Thirtieth Virginia Cavalry, taken at Drainesville, on picket; Thos. Coleman, citizen of Drainesville, dangerously wounded. We killed or captured all we saw. I cannot close the report without speaking of the splendid manner in which both men and officers behaved. The f
squadron, as well as disclosed, in a scrambling race, an adroitly formed ambuscade of dismounted men on the banks of the stream, and produced no reply from what was supposed to be artillery. A small party of dismounted men, under the daring Captain Farley, soon gained the farther bank and scoured the woods, while the ever ready and indefatigable Blackford set to work to repair the crossing. It was dark, however, before it could be finished, and we slept on our arms until morning, finding ampl their valuable services; Captain Redmond Burke, Lieutenant John Esten Cooke, ordnance officer; Lieutenant J. S. W. Hairstone, C. S. A.; Lieutenant James R. Christian, Third Virginia cavalry; Lieutenant Chiswell Dabney, Aid; volunteer Aids Captain W. D. Farley and W. E. Towles — they having contributed their full share to whatever success was achieved by the brigade. My escort did good service. Private Frank Stringfellow, Fourth Virginia cavalry, was particularly conspicuous for gallantry an
L. Rosser was sent, with one hundred men and a section of artillery, back to recapture Manassas, in which he succeeded. His report of his operations those few days will be found of interest. At one time, on the thirtieth, I noticed our front lines, near Chinn's house, giving way, and, looking back, I saw the reserve line stationary. I sent word to the General commanding (whose name I did not learn) to move up, as he was much needed to support the attack. That order was carried by Captain W. D. Farley, volunteer Aid, under circumstances of great personal danger, in which his horse was shot. Generals Jenkins and Kemper came under my observation as exhibiting good conduct, bravery, and coolness. Brigadier-General D. R. Jones was with me part of the time, on the extreme right, during the battle, in which several batteries of his division took part, and I think he left me to bring his infantry into action. My division surgeon, Talcott Eliason, besides being an adept in his professio
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 15: (search)
ered his little band. Butler retired his center and left up the Brandy Station road and took post on an eminence at Beckham's house, where his command was reinforced by a squadron from the Fourth Virginia, sent by General Stuart and led by Capt. W. D. Farley of his staff. While holding this position a shell from one of the enemy's batteries passed through Colonel Butler's horse, shattered his leg below the knee, and mortally wounded the gallant Farley. The artillery fire was sweeping the road and the hill, and the Federal squadrons were forming to charge, when the men offered to bear Farley off. Smiling, with grateful thanks, he told them to stand to their rifles, and to carry Butler out of the fire. Then, with expressions of resignation to his fate and devotion to his country, he expired on the field. Major Lipscomb took command and drew off slowly toward Brandy Station. But the battle had been won for the Confederates at Fleetwood, and Lipscomb soon had opportunity to advance
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A narrative of Stuart's Raid in the rear of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
the railroad, and awaited in breathless silence for the train, which appeared as if reluctant to run the deadly gauntlet. It moved slowly, as if the Captain of the train designed stopping it. Now putting on a full head of steam, the train shot, with the rapidity of an arrow, through the heavy and destructive fire along the railroad, and soon disappeared, going in the direction of the White House. Many of the troops on the train were killed, among them the engineer, who was shot by Captain W. D. Farley. Stuart, being in a most perilous position, could not long occupy Tunstall's, for he was within a few miles of the Federal base, and not far removed from the head of McClellan's army. He had marched forty miles on this day, and had whipped and demoralized the enemy in every encounter. About twilight his column was again in motion on the road leading to Talleysville. The burning of the transports and wagons illuminated the Northern horizon and rendered it a grand spectacle for an
was opened upon the head of the column from a thick pine-wood thicket. Assistant Surgeon Alexander was seriously wounded, and private Joel Houghtelling was badly wounded. and I had my horse killed. The wood was instantly surrounded, and the carbineers sent into the woods. We killed two and captured four, one of whom was shot twice, and is not likely to live. I captured two good horses, five shot guns, one Hallis rifles, and two pistols. The names of the prisoners are as follows: W. D. Farley, First Lieutenant South Carolina Volunteers, was Captain on General Bonham's staff;) F. DeCarandene, Lieutenant Seventh South Carolina Volunteers, P. W. Casper, Seventh South Carolina Volunteers; Thomas Colsman, citizen of Drainsville, dangerously wounded; F. Holdebrand, private Thirteenth Virginia Cavalry, A. M. Whitten, private Thirteenth Virginia Cavalry, (taken at Drainsville on picket) We killed and captured all we saw. Geo. D. Bayard. Colonel First Pennsylvania Cavalry. Major-Ge