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o the cedars again and inflicted heavy loss oh the retreating foe, but they also suffered greatly. Here Major Carpenter of the Nineteenth infantry, Captains Bell and Wise of the Fifteenth, and Captain Kneass of the Eighteenth, were killed, and Major King of the Fifteenth and Major Slemmer of the Sixteenth wounded. The rebels continued their flight until they were beyond our fire on the right; our troops were recalled into the field and placed along the crest of the hill on the right and aroundt military minds of the age; his manner of maintaining the position placed him forever by the side of Ney, Bozzaris, and Leonidas. Lieut.-Col. Berry, of the Louisville Legion, acquitted himself nobly, as all who know him always knew he would. Major King, of the Fifteenth infantry, won the admiration of all who saw the grand and perilous movement, by his manner of handling his battalion in the terrible fight in the cedars. He fell severely wounded. It is to be hoped that the Government will.
n body of the rebel army to attack Pope, before a junction could be formed between him and the army of the Potomac. On the sixteenth, I telegraphed to General Pope not to cross the Rapidan, and advised him to take position in rear of the Rappahannock, where he could be more easily reenforced. He commenced this movement on the seventeenth, and by the morning of the eighteenth had most of his forces behind that river, prepared to hold its passes as long as possible. He had been reenforced by King's division and a part of Burnside's corps, under Gen. Reno, from Fredericksburgh. I also directed Gen. Burnside to occupy Richard's and Barnett's Fords, which were between him and Gen. Pope's main army. The enemy made several attempts to cross at different points on the Rappahannock, but was always repulsed, and our troops succeeded in holding the line of this river for eight days. It was hoped that during this time sufficient forces from the army of the Potomac would reach Acquia Creek t
iring a shot from their rifled piece, apparently trying the range and feeling their way. The cavalry, under command of Colonel King, Third Missouri State militia, Colonel Hall, Fourth Missouri State militia, were ordered forward to meet the advancing. The firing gradually increased until about one o'clock P. M., when the forces on both sides were fiercely engaged. Colonel King was ordered to charge with his regiment the enemy's right. He drove them back, when they turned their artillery and s turn and gallop back, with small loss on either side. This did not last long. The Third M. S. M., (cavalry,) under Col. King, retired to a line running east from the fort; the Fourth M. S. M., (cavalry,) under Col. Hall, retired to a line running west from the fort, and the enemy made their first attack upon Col. King's side. The Seventy-second enrolled militia, (infantry,) under Colonel Henry Sheppard, were ordered forward with two or three companies of the Eighteenth Iowa infantry, and
he Colonel commanding. Owing to our hasty departure and the darkness, the surgeons were unable to dress the wounds of the soldiers save a few. Not being informed of the Colonel's intention to move, Dr. Peck, Acting Brigade Surgeon, and Assistant-Surgeon King of the Fifty-first, went on the field to look after our wounded, and were soon surprised to find themselves almost in the enemy's lines. Dr. Peck succeeded in escaping, but Dr. King was made prisoner and sent to Day's Gap. Just as we Dr. King was made prisoner and sent to Day's Gap. Just as we left, the enemy had received reenforcements, with three pieces of artillery. They shelled our rear, causing some commotion among the horses and miles. It was expected that they would follow, and no time was lost. Arriving at a favorable situation, Colonel Streight disposed his troops in ambush on both sides of the road, where they waited with almost breathless anxiety, and eyes weary with watching, for the approach of tile enemy. Two hours were lost and no enemy appeared. We moved on, reach
structed him as to the course he should pursue when the movement should commence. In a short time after this, Lieutenant Miller directed me to retire the moment the forces on my right were seen to fall back. The forces indicated soon after fell back, and I immediately took the necessary steps to bring off my line of pickets, which was accomplished under a most terrific artillery fire from the right, left and front. The regiment here suffered a heavy loss, Captains Strickland and Feder, Lieut. King, and thirty-seven enlisted men being found missing when the regiment rejoined the brigade within the breastworks on the left of the White House. Most of this number, I regret to say, must have been killed or wounded by the artillery fire while falling back through the woods, as they were known to have left the intrenchments with the regiment. The regiment having rejoined the brigade, took up position in line of battle on the left of the White House, where they remained Sunday, Monday, a
bridges over the Pamunkey and Mattapony, and a large. depot of corn and stores near and above the Rappahannock, and came in here in good condition. They deserve great credit for what they have done. It is one of the finest feats of the war. Rufus King, Brigadier-General Commanding Post. Colonel Kilpatrick's report. Yorktown, Va., May 8. Major-General H. W. Halleck, Commander-in-Chief, United States Army. General: I have the honor to report that, by direction of Major-General Stoon of his chiefs. Respectfully submitted, J. Kilpatrick, Colonel Comd'g First Brigade, Third Division Cavalry. Lieutenant-Colonel Davis's report. headquarters Twelfth Illinois cavalry, Gloucester point, Va., May 10, 1863. To Brigadier-General Rufus King, Commanding at Yorktown: General: In compliance with your request I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the Twelfth Illinois cavalry since leaving the main body of the cavalry corps, on the South-Anna,