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itz Lee had carried out his half of the programme, and Stuart hastened to do the rest.
At the sound of General Lee's artillery Stuart faced about, formed his command in three columns, and charged straight upon the enemy's front, while General Fitz Lee fell upon his flanks.
The consequence was a complete rout of the Federal cavalry, who scattered in every direction, throwing down their arms as they fled, and the flight of many, it is said, was not checked until they reached Alexandria.
General Custer's headquarter wagons and papers were captured — as happened, I believe, to the same officer twice subsequently-and the pursuing force, under Kilpatrick, gave Stuart no more trouble as he fell back.
This engagement afforded huge enjoyment to the Southern cavalry, as it was almost bloodless and resembled a species of trap into which their opponents fell.
Nothing amuses troops more than this latter circumstance, and the affair continues to be known among the disbanded troopers of Stuart,