“Our Brigade Advanced to Aldie”
The morning of the 1st of May dawned upon us through the clouds and fog. But gradually the vapors arose and floated away and the lessening clouds were at length parted asunder by the dissolving rays of the sun and a warm, pleasant May day breathed its sweet influence upon us. Lieutenant General Jackson passed by us as we lay about in our roadside camp awaiting orders and presently I was called upon by my colonel to detail two detachments, each under a lieutenant, to report immediately to Lieutenant General Jackson. One of these was 1st Lieutenant Charles Palmore of Company G.
Having made the detail I walked up the road to where the Lieutenant General was standing and entered into conversation with my collegemate and his Assistant Adjutant General, Major Alexander Pendleton.1 He told me that Brigadier General Wright and Major General Anderson were both of the opinion that this movement of the enemy was only a reconnaissance in force and that he thought the Lieutenant General was of the same opinion. The latter was standing at this time dressed in a military glaze-covered cap pulled down over his eyes, grey frock coat with short skirt, grey pants and without his arms, with paper and pencil in hand, sketching some of his plans and pointing to Lieutenant Palmore, who stood at his side, the point on the extreme right which he wished him [Palmore] to occupy for observation.
Presently Palmore turned to go, mounted, and carefully turning his horse, the head of the latter rubbed against the General's shoulder, turning him half around. Never taking his eyes off his papers, the General continued his reflections without being in the slightest degree disturbed.