nd had encamped.
There we bivouacked, and made our preparations for the fight which would in all probability take place on the following day. The army of General Pope had retreated, in accordance with our expectations, for a considerable distance, and taken a new position on the north side of the Rappahannock, leaving a large body of cavalry on our side of the river, in the neighbourhood of Brandy Station, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad.
This force we had orders to drive off.
At daybreak, with two brigades, we crossed the Rapidan.
The passage was attended with difficulty, especially with the artillery, on account of the depth of the water.
Lee's brigade was sent to the right, in the direction of Kelly's Ford; General Stuart and Staff marched with Robertson's brigade in the direction of Stevensburg, about one mile from Brandy Station, and both commands were to unite near the latter place.
Our advance-guard came first in contact with the enemy, who, brok