Excerpt from Sabres and Spurs; The First Regiment Rhode Island Cavalry: In the Civil War, 1861-1865, Its Origin, Marches, Scouts, Skirmishes, Raids, Battles, Sufferings, Victories, and Appropriate Official Papers; With the Roll of Honor and Roll of Regiment, Illustrated With Portraits of Cavalry Generals and a Maps of the Reg
What gallant battalions came forth for the right, -
Their carbines and sabres reflecting the light
As flame-lances boreal flash on the night;
'Neath guidons and standards, their courage aglow,
With the swiftness of arrows as shot from the bow,
The steel of our horsemen sped home on the foe:
We dashed o'er the field like the sweep of a gale;
We parried their missiles and smote through their mail;
Boasted Ashby and Stuart fall back from the shook
As buffeted surges recoil from a rock.
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