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Calvin Douty Dies at Aldie Transcript

Lewiston Daily Evening Journal
June 18, 1863
Colonel Calvin Douty
Aldie, Virginia

The Maine Cavalry at Aldie
A correspondent of the New York Times, giving an account of the brilliant cavalry fight at Aldie, VA., on the 17th, in which Col. Doughty of the Maine cavalry was killed, says that at the commencement of the fight the Maine cavalry were sent off to a point half a mile to the left.  After the fight had commenced they were called in with the 4th New York and ordered to charge up a road down which a rebel squad was coming.  There was a little hesitancy at first, when Gen. Kilpatrick, accompanied by Col. Doughty of the 1st Maine, and Capt. Costar, of Gen. Pleasanton’s staff, went to the front and called upon the troops to follow.  There was no hesitancy then.  The Maine boys gave three cheers for Gen. Kilpatrick, and the whole column made a dash up the road in the face of a terrible fire from carbines, rifles and cannon, sweeping everything before them.  This virtually ended the fight.  The rebels, after a little more skirmishing, fell back, and our force occupied their position.  In this charge Gen. Kilpatrick had a horse shot under him, and Col. Doughty of the 1st Maine killed.  When returning from his charge, the body was found of Capt. Vaughn, who had it properly cared for.  Two shots struck him-probably about the same time.