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rps entered Boonesboro, he sent a squad of the Black Horse, commanded by Lieutenant A. D. Payne, through the town to picket the approaches from the opposite direction.
Lieutenant Payne had nineteen men and the charge was against twenty times their number, but General Jackson was saved from capture.
It was a desperate charge and the enemy was deceived and routed.
Payne remarked to his men: We must relieve our general at all hazards.
I rely upon your courage to save him.
In the winter of 1862-‘63, the Black Horse occupied their native heath, and scouted the counties of Fauquier and Stafford thoroughly, reporting all the movements of the enemy to Generals Lee and Jackson, who complimented them for their effective service.
They participated in the various engagements of Stuart with Pleasanton's cavalry, and in the fight at Waynesboro against Sheridan's famous cohorts, the Black Horse was the leading squadron of the Fourth Virginia.
It was in this battle that one of Sheridan's capt