Battle with JEB Stuart and George A. Custer.

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from Armor Low. current gun, open so shooting the off to of on our eyes of and or at as a it new JEB STUARTS LAST BATTLE. A Brilliant Charge by Cuiter as the Confederate Side. f "The most brilliant charge I ever witnessed was made by Custer at the of Yellow Tavern," said an old Confederate Confederate cavalryman at the recent reunion Richmond. "It was near the beginning what historians now call the Wilderness campaign. "I was with Jeb Stuart, Gen. Fits! division, Wickham's brigade and Phil Sheridan's troops were hanging on us a pack of hungry wolves, nipping us every turn: We had been marching fighting pretty steadily for more than two weeks with mighty little time for rest. "We left Hanover Junction about 1 o'clock oi.e* night and reached Yellow Tavern before 10 o'clock the next morning. You know Sheridan was not one let grass grow under his feet when was any fightlne to be done and was matched against Jeb Stuart it nip and tuck. "We hadn't more than halted at the Tavern when up comes Sheridan and to drive us out It was a pretty struggle, a hand to hand fight, and fejl back from the Tavern, but held position on the telegraph road leading to Richmond." I was with the battery the extreme left wing and it was 2 o'clock in the afternoon when orders came for the whole division excepting the First Virginians to dismount but their positions. "It did seem good, I can tell you, so many hours in the saddle to stretch out on the grouni and take a smoke, that is, all who had anything to There was just one pipeful among whole battery and the boy who owned passed it down the line and each man took his turn puffing at Itf "When it was gone we all began speculate on what deviltry Sheridan be up to next and how Jeb Stuart head him off. It wasn't long before fellow wished for a drink of water "You know how it is, when one man wishes for water the whole company begins to swear they are dying of thirst Jack Saunders and I took a "bunch of canteens and started over the hill to a that he had seen that morning during our scrimmage with the Yanks "I was on my hands and knees the spring when I heard Saunder"s of surprise. He was staring through the trees "There only a few hundred yards was considerable body of cavalry Making sure that it was our right wing, wondered to see them mounted and in ranks. Just then the voice of an officer rang out' " 'Cavalry 1 Attention I Draw saber!' "The entire line moved forward at quick walk, and as the officer wheeled horse I saw his' face. My God! it Custer' 'The situation came to Saunders and me like a flash. We threw down the canteens and started back to the battery on a dead run. " 'Trot'' Custer's voice rang out The next instant he shouted 'Charge!' "With wild cheers his cavalry dashed forward in a sweeping gallop, attacking our entire left wing at the same time We saw our battery taken, our line broken, ,nd our men running like sheep "Saunders and I had but one thought-to join our fleeing company. As we reached the telegraph road above the of, the battle T heard Jeb Stuart's "There he was maldng a stfind with handful of men around Thank God, I had sense enough left to join them "It seemed b\jt a moment before Custer's Custer's troops were coming back as fast they had gone forward. They had met the First Virginias. We greeted them with the rebel yell and the last charge In our weapons _, "Jeb Stuart cheered us on, ah, how cheered us' I gave them my last was following with my weapon clubbed when I saw a man, who had been dismounted and was running, out, turn ^passed our rally and fire his pistol "Jeb Stuart swayed in his saddle. It was only for a moment, then his voice rang out cheering his struggling troops "The enemy rallied just across the and fired a vollev into the little bajjd gathered around Jeb Stuart. His horse sprang forward with a scream of and sank down on its knees As we lifted the general off, the young officer was helping- me exclaimed " 'My God, general, you are wounded' Your clothes are soaked with blood' must leave the field, sir' 1 " 'No.' Gen Stuart answered: 'I wltl not Ipave until victory is assured. Get me another horse ' "When I returned with the horse seated with his back against a tree, when he tried to get up, weakened of blood, he sank bacte again " 'Go 1 ' he commanded us 'I am for. IJitz Lee needs every man I order iyou to go ' " We cannot obey that order, the young officer told him, and I'll forget the look that cama over his when he faced the general 'We must carry you to a place of safety however the battle goes ' " 'It must not go against us,' replied, and the thought seemed to^ nut fresh vigror in his body. 'You must put me on my horse and keep me there. men must not know that I am "~\* e lifted him on his horse and, mounting our own, we held him In saddle When the tide of the battle turned, supported between us, he made last effort to rally his fleeing troops. " 'Go back, men'' he cried. 'Go back, men' Go back and do your duty 1 ' "We felt him sway in his saddle. young officer turned our horses' heads the rear and we carried our fainting general from the field, still holding him upright in the saddle. That was Jeb Stuart's Stuart's last battle and Custer's most brilliant brilliant charse."

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 23 Jun 1907, Sun,
  3. Page 104

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