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The Daily Dispatch: September 6, 1862., [Electronic resource], The battle of Friday last, and particulars Connected Therewith. (search)
orps, consisting of Gen. Ewell's division, Gen. Hill's division, and Gen. Jackson's old division, under command of Gen. Taliaforro, and a force of cavalry under Gen. Stuart, marched from Jeffersontown, in Culpeper county, and crossed the Rappahannock eight miles above that place, and marched via Orleans to Salem, in Fauquier. The marched in these two days was over fifty miles. On Wednesday, Manassas Station was occupied by Jackson's old division, whilst Ewell occupied Bristow, and Hill and Stuart dispersed the force sent from Alexandria to attack what the enemy supposed to be only a cavalry force. The General commanding this force of the enemy lost his lereet, should be not have passed the Thoroughfare Gap, and at all events gain for himself a safe position for attack or defence. At 7 o'clock A. M. on Friday, General Stuart encountered the enemy's cavalry near Gainesville, on the Warrenton pike, and drove them back; and during the morning the 2d brigade of Gen. Taliaferro's divis
to put himself at the head of this magnificent and irresistible national army, and march over the rebels into Richmond." We beg the public to take notice of what this writer says with regard to this army. It is already, he says, 200,000 strong. It has been beaten, routed, driven like chaff before the wind. It is, at this moment, either hiding behind its ramparts at Alexandria, or cowering under shelter of its gunboats at Occoquan, or flying for life before the avenging squadrons of Stuart and Robertson, or the fleeting of infantry of Jackson and Longstreet. Let us, then hear no whining, no whimpering, no excuses for cowardice, on the plea of being overwhelmed by numbers. That has always been the apology for Yankee defeat heretofore. Let it no longer be made, since here is a boast that they outnumber us two to one. But it seems it was "impossible to cross the Rappahannock." Yet the Rappahannock has been crossed. There was not "one chance in ten" of Jackson turning Pop