o has retired from active life, was for many years a conspicuous figure in that section of the State as Commonwealth's Attorney, and is well known as the author of The Lost Principle, a Life of Mosby, and other literary works.
Its next commander was the gallant Bob Randolph, of the distinguished family of that name, and who was afterwards promoted to Colonel.
On the 18th of May, 1861, the following officers of the Black Horse were sworne in: William H. Payne, captain; Robert Randolph, C. H. Gordon, A. D. Payne, lieutenants; Willian Smith, James H. Childs, Robert Mitchell, Richard Lewis, sergeants; Willington Millon, Madison C. Tyler, George N. Shumate, N. A. Clopton, corporals; William Johnson, bugler, and William E. Gaskins, quartermaster.
They were subsequently incorporated into the Fourth Virginia Regiment, and permission was given to recruit it for a battalion.
The first sustained march of the Black Horse was to Harper's Ferry.
It afterwards advanced to Manassas and Fairfax