The Civil War Memoirs of a Virginia Cavalryman

By Robert T. Hubard Jr.; Thomas P. Nanzig | Go to book overview

13
“Tattered Flags Sporting in the Breeze”

The morning was clear and cool, the booming of artillery at day-break was our only reveille. Without food for man or beast we saddled, mounted, formed, and moved off to Winchester by sunrise. Passing through town, we took the northeastern road towards Jordan's Springs and dismounted on the hill beyond Mill Creek where our four-gun battery was placed so as to bear upon the Berryville Pike along which the enemy was advancing.1

Ramseur skirmished heavily but saw nothing in his front but cavalry for several hours. Early hastened up from Bunker Hill with Rodes' and Gordon's Divisions ordering Breckinridge's Division at Brucetown to follow and Lomax's cavalry to move in rear towards Winchester from Brucetown and beyond Bunker Hill towards Winchester.

About 9 a.m. when Ramseur had been fighting with artillery quite warmly and was now putting his skirmishers in seriously, the head of Early's column arrived. Rodes and Gordon had barely time to face into line and unlimber their guns before they were compelled to throw out skirmishers to meet the advancing enemy and five minutes after to meet a furious charge.

I got a better view of the enemy's column than any other on the occasion. They charged at double-quick firing rapidly across an open field some hundred yards wide and through a body of woods driving back our skirmishers upon the main line. Our battery did some execution as they went across the field but couldn't break them. Our infantry and artillery now opened a murderous fire under which they recoiled and retreated. Our horse battery now poured it into them again. A second line came up

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Editor's Note xxv
  • Introduction 1
  • Year 1 - 1861 5
  • 1 - [Three Cheers for the Southern Flag!] 7
  • Year 2 - 1862 25
  • 2 - [the Rapid Decline of Martial Spirit] 27
  • 3 - [Our Little Peninsula World] 32
  • 4 - [the Enemy Were Worsted] 44
  • 5 - [a Little Stream of Limestone Water] 57
  • 6 - [Stuart Set out on a Raid] 66
  • Year 3 - 1863 77
  • 7 - [One of the Best Cavalry Fights of the War] 79
  • 8 - [Our Brigade Advanced to Aldie] 88
  • 9 - [to Gain Kilpatrick's Rear at Buckland] 107
  • Year 4 - 1864 129
  • 10 - [Boys, You Have Made the Most Glorious Fight] 131
  • 11 - [a Furious Charge Was Made upon Our Line] 162
  • 12 - [We're off for the Valley] 184
  • 13 - [Tattered Flags Sporting in the Breeze] 193
  • Year 5 1865 211
  • 14 - [a Spectacle of Monstrous Absurdity!] 213
  • Afterword 228
  • Appendix A - Eyewitness Accounts of Bagley Shooting Incident 231
  • Appendix B - Carter Account of Chambersburg Raid 233
  • Notes 235
  • Bibliography 285
  • Index 293
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