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general confusion and disorder marked the spot. The next day General Stuart surprised and gladdened me inexpressibly by placing in my hands my commission as major and adjutant-general of cavalry, which he had brought with him from Richmond. The General himself had been created a Major-General. Our cavalry, strongly reinforced by regiments from North and South Carolina, had been formed into a division consisting of three brigades, commanded by Brigadier-Generals Hampton, Fitz Lee, and Robertson, with three batteries of horse-artillery, amounting in all to about 15,000 well-mounted men. On the 4th of August the trumpet sounded again for the march, as a reconnaissance in force was to be undertaken in the direction of Port Royal and Fredericksburg. With four regiments and one battery we pushed on all day until we reached the village of Bowling Green, about twenty miles distant, where we made a bivouac for the night. On the 5th, the hottest day of the whole summer, we continued
on of orders, did not join us until late that night, when Robertson's brigade also arrived on the Rapidan. Hampton's commandith General Fitz Lee's brigade towards the Rapidan, where Robertson's command had encamped. There we bivouacked, and made ouon of Kelly's Ford; General Stuart and Staff marched with Robertson's brigade in the direction of Stevensburg, about one mileut for active operations, with portions of Fitz Lee's and Robertson's brigades and our horse-artillery, numbering about 2000 ted cannonade. The enemy were advancing, and the guns of Robertson's brigade had engaged a Federal battery. One of our squar army in the pursuit-General Stuart pushing forward with Robertson's brigade to drive off the strong force of Federal cavalrourt-house, to a point where General Stuart himself, with Robertson's brigade, taking a short cut across the fields, would joime. Late in the afternoon we were joined by Stuart with Robertson's brigade, and continued our march towards Fairfax Court-
d. Fitz Lee's was sent to the little town of Newmarket, about ten miles off; Robertson's, under Colonel Munford, was ordered to the neighbourhood of Sugar Loaf Moune of rest at headquarters, the 10th, which gave some occupation, however, to Robertson's brigade at Sugar Loaf Mountain, where Colonel Munford engaged the Yankees ihrough the village on its way to Frederick; Hampton's soon followed; and only Robertson's, under command of Colonel Munford, remained behind, covering the retreat, aarly start, in the direction of Harper's Ferry, to reunite with Hampton's and Robertson's brigades, the latter of which had been already two days on the march for thtold me that General Stuart had gone off some hours before with Hampton's and Robertson's brigades, proceeding along the tow-path of the canal on the Maryland side oen charge of the centre, and Longstreet commanded the right. Of our cavalry, Robertson's brigade, under Colonel Munford, was detached to the extreme right, Fitz Lee
bours. General Stuart had received orders from General Lee to march at once, with two of his brigades (Hampton's and Robertson's), two regiments of infantry, and his horseartillery, to the little town of Williamsport, about fifteen miles higher u Williamsport to Harper's Ferry, Hampton's brigade being stationed near Hainesville, Fitz Lee's near Shepherdstown, and Robertson's under Colonel Munford, near Charlestown, opposite Harper's Ferry; which latter stronghold, after everything valuable twenty miles off, and to establish near there, until further instructions, a second headquarters, to which reports from Robertson's brigade, forming the right wing of our line, should be sent, and from which, in case of urgency, they should be transdquarters upon the farm of Colonel D., about half a mile from the town, immediately informing the commanding officer of Robertson's brigade, Colonel Munford, of my presence. Colonel D.‘s plantation was one of the most extensive and beautiful I had
ed, probably, by his proud bearing-had illtreated him in the extreme; but he soon met officers whom he had known before the war in the regular army, and afterwards fared better. On the 10th arrived Major Terrell, who had formerly served on General Robertson's staff, and was now under orders to report to General Stuart, and we had again a pleasant little military family at our headquarters. From General Stuart we heard nothing for several days. There were some idle rumours, originating doug bayonets, and the dust rising on their line of march, I could obtain no trace of them whatever, after a ride of four miles towards their supposed quarter of approach. Late in the evening I received a report from Colonel Jones, now commanding Robertson's brigade, that the hostile forces were retreating again towards Harper's Ferry, and that he hoped to be again in occupancy of Charlestown even before his message could reach me. The firing in the direction of The Bower had now ceased; and as I
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horses were richly pastured, and through which the pretty little river Mountain Run rolled its silver waters between picturesque banks, and afforded us the chance of a magnificent cool bath, and plenty of sport with the rod and line. Our cavalry were in the highest spirits, and were kept in constant and salutary activity by incessant drilling and other preparations for the impending campaign. Hundreds of men flocked in daily from their distant homes, bringing with them fresh horses. General Robertson had joined us with his splendid brigade from North Carolina, as also had General Jones, with his command from the valley of Virginia; and nearly all the men of Hampton's division had returned from South Carolina and Mississippi. Our horse-artillery, under command of Pelham's successor, Major Berkham, had been augmented by several batteries, and the old ones had been supplied with fresh horses, so that altogether we now possessed a more numerous and better equipped force then ever bef
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owards the Potomac. Stuart, taking with him Robertson's and Fitz Lee's commands, the latter of whihed; and General Stuart gave orders that General Robertson should move his regiments at a trot uponI had a better knowledge of the country than Robertson I was ordered to accompany the General, who place of honour, leading the charge with General Robertson, and to my intense satisfaction plunged e out of the town to the right. Leaving General Robertson to pursue the former with one of his regst numbers so far superior. Fortunately General Robertson, hearing the firing, soon came up with h which was held by our troops, consisting of Robertson's and William Lee's commands; the dismountedthe assistance of Captain Blackford and Lieutenant Robertson of our Staff, I mounted my horse, and rrs, among them Generals Stuart, Hampton, and Robertson; and I was delighted to have recovered my vos, and started off in an ambulance which General Robertson had placed at my disposal, accompanied b