g's regiment, in which he served three months, and on the disbanding of which he became an independent fighter.
From this time commences that career of personal adventure and romantic exploits which made him so famous.
Shouldering his rifle-now riding, then on foot-he proceeded to the far outposts nearest to the enemy, and was indefatigable in penetrating their lines, harassing detached parties, and gaining information for Generals Bonham and Beauregard. Falling back with the army from Fairfax, he fought-though so sick that he could scarcely stand — in the first battle of Manassas, and then entered permanently upon the life of the scout, speedily attracting to himself the unconcealed admiration of the whole army.
To note the outlines even of his performances at that time, would require thrice the space we have at our disposal.
He seemed omnipresent on every portion of the lines; and if any daring deed was undertaken-any expedition which was to puzzle, harass, or surprise the en