August 21 — This morning we went down the railroad and had a very spirited and warmish fight with a Yankee battery. They had the advantage of us both in the number of pieces and position, but we stuck to our position for a while, under a hot and well directed fire, and for about [...]
Three Years in the Confederate Horse Artillery — George Michael Neese.
August 20 — This morning at three o'clock we renewed our march, and from all appearances through a poor country. At about nine o'clock we crossed the Rapidan at Mitchell's Ford, which landed us in Culpeper County and in a beautiful level plain and good land. We marched on in a northeastern course, crossed the [...]
August 19 —Last night just as we were getting into sleep deep enough to feel good, that confounded old bugle bleated out for us to get up and get ready to march at eleven o'clock. Soon afterwards found us on the march through pitchy darkness, stumbling slowly down the Fredericksburg road. We marched till four [...]
August 18 — Last night we had our blankets to sleep under again, which was the first time since the night of the 7th. To-day we moved a mile southeast from town, to cook three days' rations. This evening Captain Chew paraded the company and issued haversacks, in which we were ordered to put three [...]
August 17 — This morning another load of soldiers came in from Gordonsville. I think old Stonewall is fixing to go on a big hunt before many days roll by. All the indications point that way.
August 16 — This morning at daylight we moved out to the Rapidan. When we arrived there the pickets were firing at each other across the river. The Sixth Virginia Cavalry crossed the Rapidan and captured seven of the Yanks' cavalry that were on picket, and drove the rest back to their camp. After our [...]
August 15 — This morning we went back to the Court House again on picket, and remained all day and night. We have been subsisting for the last week on one meal a day, and sometimes a very poor and scanty one at that.
August 14 — It is strictly against orders to draw rations in a cornfield, but some how or way our mess commissary managed to procure a very toothsome meal yesterday that came from such source. I asked no questions how he got it, but I expect he smashed the army orders as well as one [...]
August 13 — This morning we went on picket. First we went east of Orange Court House, on a high hill where the Seventh Regiment of Virginia Cavalry was. We remained there about two hours, when Colonel Jones ordered us west of town just in rear of the town lots. We got a splendid position [...]
August 12 — Last night the infantry were all ordered to make camp-fires, and just after dark a thousand bright beacons blazed over the plains and along the hillsides all around our camp, yet I thought it strange that so many fires were necessary on a hot and sultry August night so soon after nightfall. [...]
August 11 — Remained inactive all day. The Yanks came over under a flag of truce, asking permission to bury their dead, which was granted; and their burial parties were at work on the field under the friendly flutterings of a white flag, packing away their comrades for dress parade when Gabriel sounds the great [...]
August 10 — This morning when I awoke the wounded Federals were still lying on the field. Little after sunrise we started with Ashby's old brigade of cavalry, now commanded by General Robinson, on a general reconnoissance to the right of Pope's army. We moved off to the right of the battle-field and passed around [...]
August 9 — The band that played last night belongs to General Anderson's Brigade. This morning we were ordered to the front, which lies in the direction of Culpeper Court House. We started early, and even then the road was already crowded with baggage and ordnance wagons all headed toward Culpeper. At nine o'clock we [...]
August 8 — To-day we moved to Orange Court House. We passed through Summerset, a little hamlet eight miles west of the Court House. Orange Court House is a small town situated on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, about nine miles from Gordonsville. We are camped in a field east of town. There are a [...]
August 7 — We remained in camp all quiet until dark; then were ordered out toward Ruckersville, which is northwest of Barboursville. After we went about two miles it was reported that the Yanks were crossing the Rapidan five miles below us. Then we returned to camp and settled down for all night.
August 6 — Remained in camp yesterday, but this morning we renewed our march toward Gordonsville. When we arrived within two miles of the town we turned to the left and went to the Madison Court House pike, marched about a mile on that road, then moved across the country to the Orange Court House [...]
August 4; — Renewed our march. We passed Ivy Depot, a station on the Central Railroad, seven miles from Charlottesville. We passed through Charlottesville, the county seat of Albermarle. It is a considerable town. It has one street that has the appearance of something like a small piece of city dropped there among the foothills [...]
August 3— Remained in camp. A train laden with soldiers passed here to-day, going to Gordonsville.
August 2 — This morning we renewed our march early, crossed the Blue Ridge at Brown's Gap, and marched till dark. We struck the Central Railroad at Meechum's River, ten miles from Charlottesville. Camped at Meechum's River on Central Railroad.
August 1 — Early this morning found us striking tents and packing up our all for a general move to eastern Virginia. From all appearances and indications we will bid farewell to the Valley for some time, as the shifting scenes of war seem to center at present in eastern Virginia, and Heaven only knows [...]
July 31 — Received orders this evening to get ready to march to-morrow morning.
July 29 — This morning I left the peaceful haunts of home and am off again for the desolating scenes of war. I took stage at New Market at nine o'clock, and arrived in Harrisonburg at one. I fooled around town a few hours, and five o'clock found me in camp ready to answer evening [...]
July 25 — This morning we started for our camp at Harrisonburg. At New Market Captain Chew generously granted me a leave of absence to remain at home for a few days. Home, friends, and haunts of childhood are as dear as ever, but cannot be fully enjoyed with entire satisfaction as long as a [...]
July 24 — Early this morning we renewed our march and crossed the mountain and moved in the direction of Luray. At the Shenandoah we found the Yankee pickets posted on the east bank of the river. We silently and unobserved approached the heights on the west side of the river which overlooked the picket [...]
July 23— To-day at noon we started on a scout to Page County with the Twelfth Regiment of cavalry. We marched down the Valley pike to New Market, then turned east and moved out two miles on the Sperryville pike, and camped for the night at the western foot of the Massanutten.