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Whittaker, Frederick, 1838-1889 / A complete life of Gen. George A. Custer: Major-General of Volunteers; Brevet Major-General, U.S. Army; and Lieutenant-Colonel, Seventh U.S. Calvery
(1876)

Chapter II. After Gettysburg,   pp. [181]-192


Page [181]


CHAPTER II.
                 AFTER GETTYSBURG.
IN giving an account of the cavalry movements which fol-
    lowed the battle of Gettysburg, we are indebted largely to
the spirited narrative of Mr. E. A. Paul, then correspondent of
the New York Tines, who accompanied Kilpatrick's division
throughout the expedition. Those portions which relate to
Custer are especially interesting. It must be remembered that
the young general was then entirely unknown to the public,
but these letters opened people's eyes. At the same time they
marked the brilliant commencement of that career which hence-
forth never knew a serious disaster. At Gettysburg he began
by charging whenever he had a ghost of a chance, and he con-
tinued in the same way.
   Saturday morning, July 4th, according to Mr. Paul, it
became known that the enemy was in full retreat, and General
Kilpatrick moved on to destroy his train and harass his column.
A heavy rain fell all day, and the travelling was anything but
agreeable. The division arrived at Enimetsburg about mid-
day, during a severe storm. After a short halt, the column
moved forward again, and at Fountaindale, just at dark, com-
menced ascending the mountain. Imagine a long column of
cavalry winding its way up a mountain, on a road dug out of
the mountain side, which sloped at an angle of thirty degrees-
just wide enough for four horses to walk abreast. On one side
a deep abyss, and on the other an impassable barrier, in the
shape of a steep embankment; the hour 10 o'clock at night, a
drizzling rain falling, the sky overcast, and so dark as literally


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