wn, and the sacrifice was well worth the results attained.
General Philip St. George Cooke commanding: the first great Federal cavalry charge of the Civil War
General Fitz-John Porter and staff, June, 1862 horses killed — a sacrifice well worth the results attained.
Of this action, the Comte de Paris wrote fifteen years later: The sacrifice of some of the bravest of the cavalry certainly saved a part of the artillery, as did, on a larger scale, the Austrian cavalry on the evening of Sadowa.
General Wesley Merritt, U. S. A., one of the ablest cavalry officers of his time, who was present at Gaines' Mill as an aide-de-Camp to General Cooke, thus described this affair:
Journal United States Cavalry Association, March, 1895.
During the early part of this battle the Union army held its ground and gained from time to time some material success.
But it was only temporary.
In the afternoon the writer of this, by General Cooke's direction, reported at the headquarters of th