g quietly in front of his tent, he would suddenly begin to shake with laughter, and say: I can't help thinking how that horse succeeded in sneaking out from under Badeau at Bermuda Hundred.
While the enemy's cavalry was north of the James, and the probabilities were that it would be detained there by Sheridan for some days, it was decided to send Wilson's division of cavalry, which had remained with the Army of the Potomac, and four regiments of the cavalry of the Army of the James under Kautz, to the south of Petersburg, with a view to striking both the South Side and the Danville railroads.
This cavalry command started out on the morning of June 22.
It was composed of nearly 6000 men and several batteries of horse-artillery.
It first struck the Weldon, then the South Side Railroad, and afterward advanced as far as Roanoke Station on the Danville road, inflicting much damage.
On the 29th, after severe fighting, it found itself confronted and partly surrounded by such a heavy