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hat to the rowels of his spurs.
He was twenty-nine years old when Lee ordered him to locate McClellan's right flank and in the full vigor of a robust manhood.
His brilliant courage, great activity, immense endurance, and devotion to his profession had already marked him as a cavalry commander of unquestioned merit.
He had the fire, zeal, and capacity of Prince Rupert, but, like him, lacked caution; the dash of Murat, but was sometimes rash and imprudent; was as skillful and vigorous as Frederick the Great's celebrated cavalry leader, and, like Seidlitz, was willing to break the necks of some of his men by charging over rough ground if he made bold horsemen of the rest and gained his object.
He would have gone as far as Cardigan, with cannon to right of him, cannon to left of him, cannon in front of him.
He was a Christian dragoon — an unusual combination.
His Bible and tactics were his text-books.
He never drank liquor, having given a promise to his mother to that effect when