E. B. Stuart, in trying to get between Sheridan and Richmond, which gave Sheridan the advantage and led to Stuart's defeat.
Stuart had ridden hard all night, and got between Sheridan and Richmond, his men and horses exhausted, while Sheridan had been resting and feeding his men and animals.
In the morning Sheridan rode over his exhausted antagonist.
These are among the many cases where exaggerated ideas of the importance of places have led to the defeat of armies.
I knew Stuart well at West Point, he having been in the class next to mine.
He then gave promise of his future brilliant career as a cavalry leader.
The only specially hazardous part of Sherman's movement was that which would fall to my lot—namely, to hold the pivot against a possible attack of Hood's whole army while Thomas and Howard should swing round it, and then draw out and join them after the swing was made.
Upon my reporting that I was perfectly willing to undertake this task, and had no doubt of the ability