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|268||HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.|
Third Cavalry Division.
October 13, 1864. * *
* * Seeing the stubborn resistance met by Pennington's line in front, I ordered the 18th Pennsylvania, (Co. K), supported by the 8th and 22d of New York, to move forward on our extreme right, with a view of turning the enemy's left flank, * * the entire line was ordered forward and when sufficiently near the enemy the charge was sounded. The enemy seeing his flank turned and his retreat cut off broke in the outmost confusion and sought safety in headlong flight. The pursuit was kept up at a gallop by the entire command for a distance of nearly 2 miles, when a brigade of the enemy was formed to check our further advance. * * Our whole line moved forward at the charge. Before this irresistible advance he found it impossible to stand. Once more he was compelled to trust his safety to the fleetness of his steed rather than the metal of his saber. His retreat soon became a demoralized rout. Vainly did most of this affrighted herd endeaver to rally a few supports around their standards and stay the advance of their eager and exulting pursuers, who, in one overwhelming current were bearing down everything before them. Never since the opening of this war had there been witnessed such a complete and decisive overthrow of the enemy's cavalry. The pursuit was kept up vigorously for nearly 20 miles, and only relinquished then from the complete exhaustion of our horses and the dispersion of our panic stricken enemies. * * *
GEORGE A. CUSTER.
Battles, etc., of the Eighteenth Cavalry: