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The Daily Dispatch: March 19, 1863., [Electronic resource], The cavalry engagement on the Upper Rappahannock. (search)
n. Stuart advanced with four regiments of cavalry, and after a brisk engagement, lasting several hours, succeeded in driving the enemy back to the north side of the river. Our loss is said to have been pretty heavy — estimated to be not less than two hundred and fifty in killed, wounded and prisoners. The less of the enemy not known, but believed to be very heavy. Among those killed were Major Pelham of the artillery, and Major Puller and Lieut Harris, of the cavalry, the latter from Powhatan county. Their bodies were brought to this city last night. Col. Roster is reported slightly wounded. Major Breckinridge was taken prisoner. Some of the prisoners captured in the fight report that the enemy's force consisted of two divisions, under Gen. Averill. The principal part of the engagement was between the cavalry of the opposing forces. Major Pelham was killed by the explosion of one of the enemy's shell whilst riding with Gen. Stuart, and before his battery become engage