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History of Cambria County, V.2

    Sunday, Sept. 13. Kilpatrick's cavalry crossed the Rappahannock early n the morning. Davies' brigade (Co. K) in advance, and captured pickets; moved to Brandy Station and had a skirmish and drove the enemy. Gen. Davies attacked the enemy near Culpeper Court House and drove them back to the long range of hills, where they made a determined stand. Gen. Davies got his artillery in position and shelled the enemy; then ordered a charge, of which Gen. Davies says that it has never been surpassed in the records of the cavalry service; across a deep ravine and a creek, up a steep hill, the road rough and stony, and through a heavy fire of shells, right up to the muzzles of the guns, two of which were captured and brought back in triumph, together with the officer in command and 20 of his men, and driving his supports without firing a shot, using nothing but the saber. Gen. Davies further says: "After gaining this position and the town of Culpeper, I was fired on by a battery posted in thick woods on the left of the railroad, and ordered the Fifth New York to charge and take it. They did so most bravely, but the ground being bad, was much broken, and on gaining the crest of the hill were attacked by a much larger body of cavalry and driven back. They were gallantly rallied by Gen. Kilpatrick in person, under a heavy fire, and advanced again to the front. At that moment I was on the right of the railroad and ordered the Second New York to come in on the right of the Fifth.
    "I rode out and led the Fifth again into the woods. Here we met with Gen. Custer, who was heavily engaged and did all men could do to advance. We were, however, overpowered, and the Second New York were flanked and their extreme right driven in. At this juncture the affair looked badly, and I feared the command would be driven back, but I brought up the First West Virginia Cavalry, the last regiment at my command, which had only the day before been supplied with Spencer's rifles. Hitherto they had not taken any active part in the engagement, and on my call sprang from their horses, and led by Col. Richmond, rushed in to the woods. This timely reinforcement changed the event and the rebels were being driven back in confusion, followed by my brigade (Co. K) through the woods and across the fields. * * * We then marched to Pony Mountain and encamped.
    Monday, Sept. 14. I moved the brigade to the Rapidan and the battery became engaged. * * * . The cavalry were not actively engaged but were for some time under a heavy fire. In the evening I returned to near Raccoon Ford and went into camp about 1 1/2 miles back from the river, and picketed Robertson's Ford.
    Thursday, Sept, 15. In the afternoon I learned Gen. Gregg's pickets were not on the river, but in the rear of Pony Mountain, and that two other fords were unguarded. I imme-

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