IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY--GENERAL COSBY--NATURAL BRIDGE --LEXINGTON--WASHINGTON COLLEGE--VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE--STONEWALL JACKSON'S GRAVE--GENERAL EARLY-- GENERAL LOMAX--CAPTAIN MCAFEE--ROSSER'S MEN.
"Where Shenandoah brawls along-- And burly Blue Ridge echoes strong To swell the soldiers' rousing song Of Stonewall Jackson's way."
ON or about the 20th of October, 1864, General John C. Breckinridge ordered General George B. Cosby, with detachments of Giltner's and Hodge's brigades, to proceed down the Shenandoah Valley and report to General Jubal A. Early. Cosby's command consisted of parts of the Fourth Kentucky Cavalry, Captain Bart Jenkins' company, Tenth Kentucky Cavalry, Sixty-fourth Virginia, Tenth Kentucky Mounted Rifles, First Kentucky Mounted Rifles, Second Kentucky Mounted Rifles and the Sixth Confederate Battalion--about five hundred men. Our disabled men and horses were left in camp near Wytheville, Va.
General George B. Cosby was a native of Louisville, Ky., and had spent the greater part of his life at West Point and in the regular army. While in the United States army he was lieutenant in the Second Dragoons, commanded by Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston. He had served on the staff of Lieutenant-General S. B. Buckner. He was about thirty- five years old, five and a half feet in height, and weighed not more than one hundred and fifteen pounds. His hair and eyes were black, and his complexion dark. He was a polished man and somewhat of a martinet. He had some noticeable peculiarities, one of which was that he was invariably thrown into a rage when he saw an officer or soldier building a fire against a standing tree. Although the camp might be in the midst of a dense forest, he held that there was no excuse for wanton and unnecessary destruction of