WINCHESTER--LEXINGTON--FORT CLAY--BUGGIES AND CARRIAGES FOR AMBULANCES--OBTAINING HORSES--A GENEROUS AND HOSPITABLE BLUEGRASS FAMILY.
MOVING on to Winchester the brigade halted about a mile beyond the town, the horses were fed and the troops rested probably an hour. General Morgan with the Second Brigade went on to Lexington, starting just before dark. The dismounted men had all been brought along, some riding "behind" their more fortunate comrades, while many had obtained horses en route. Thoroughly understanding their business and being in the bluegrass country-- a land abounding in horses of royal pedigree, the "foot cavalry" mounted themselves in a surprisingly short time. We were encumbered, however, with the prisoners, taken on the first day at Mt. Sterling, and a large number of wounded men who were unable to ride their horses. It became necessary to "borrow" a number of buggies and carriages to serve in lieu of ambulances. It was a novel sight to see numerous handsome vehicles in column with veteran cavalrymen. We "borrowed" horses and buggies, day and night, all along the route, a number of the wounded boys enduring with heroic fortitude the agony of horseback riding until "ambulances" could be secured for them. The cavalier nearly always looks upon the brighter side of a picture, and there was many a jolly laugh and witty remark at the ludicrous picture of the dusty, battle-scarred and bleeding veterans lolling upon the rich cushions of some bluegrass belle's fine carriage. It must not be supposed, however, that all those buggies and carriages were taken vi et armis or at the point of the pistol. Nothing of the kind. With rare exceptions they were voluntarily tendered or willingly and generously presented to us upon receiving a mere intimation of the extremity to which our wounded boys were reduced.
Proceeding from Winchester toward Lexington, when within