lonel George H. Sharp to General Humphries, chief of staff to General Meade, simply stating that he had information from a prisoner from the Seventh Virginia Cavalry, who reported that Hampton had broken through at Sycamore Church, and had captured 2,500 head of cattle with but little loss, etc. Humphries ordered General Davies to strike the returning enemy at once.
Zzzhampton reported fourteen thousand strong.
The next is a dispatch at 6 A. M. of the 16th, from General Kautz to Captain H. C. Weir, assistant adjutant-general, to the effect that his pickets had been driven in from Mt. Sinai Church to Powhatan stage road; that the commanding officer of the Eleventh Pennsylvania Cavalry thought quite a number of horses had been captured.
He did not consider it serious, as the reserves had not yet been disturbed.
He had not the news good yet. At 7 A. M. he says he feared the First District Cavalry had been entrapped, and that the sounds of firing were quite lively on the Powhatan