Issue 8 and Volume 1885 15.

A SCOUT WITH GENERAL KEARNEY. (From the Philadelphia Weekly Times, January 10, 1885.) During the winterof 1861-2, my regiment—the First New York Cavalry— lay encamped in a field immediately adjoining a house occupied by General Kearney, near Fairfax Seminary, a short distance from Alexandria. Wc had been mustered into the service but a short time, and, it must be confessed, were not so well disciplined as good troops ought to be. But it is not expected that raw recruits can become thoroughly drilled and disciplined in a few weeks, and it takes longer to accomplish this with cavalry than with infantry, for the reason that the horses have to be taught as well as the men. General Kearney, who was a veteran of the Mexican war, where he lost his left arm in a gallant cavalry charge, was our beau ideal of a soldier, and, although a severe disciplinarian, was…

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