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[455] hear loud and prolonged cheering, as if reenforcements, or a General, had arrived. This I also reported to General Huger. But Colonel Baker, having arrived, assumed the command, and soon moved, with my command, over to the left, to support the attack which General Magruder was about to make. My command Was held on the left, and, as the lines were extended in that direction, I was moved to the left, and early the following morning I joined you with my command.

In every instance where my men were thrown in contact with the enemy, I could but observe the great want of proper discipline, necessary to insure implicit confidence. They had not been drilled, and the most of them had never been under fire before.

I took several prisoners, and collected many arms. I lost four men--two sergeants, one corporal and one private — by desertion to the enemy.

Respectfully submitted,

Thos. L. Rosser, Colonel Fifth Virginia Cavalry.

[Confidential.]

headquarters cavalry brigade, June 25, 1862.
To Colonel T. L. Rosser, or Cavalry Officer commanding Right Wing of Pickets:
Colonel: You will immediately supply your command, from Major Ball, C. S., with three days rations of hard bread and bacon. Should an engagement take place, you will move your main body toward the front, so as to support and watch our right flank, and take advantage of any movement the enemy may make toward James River, to harass and delay him by demonstrations in his front, and by vigorous attacks on his flanks. Keep your command well together and well in hand, and be sure to keep a perfect communication and thorough cooperation with Major-General Huger, and any other commander near you, bearing in mind that it is our first duty to whip the enemy, and to effect that, no necessary sacrifice is too great, no hardship too severe.

I have entire confidence in your skill, ability, and energy. Colonel Goode, Third Virginia cavalry, will be on the Charles City road.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. E. B. Stuart, Brigadier-General, commanding.
Should you be ordered to join me, with your regiment, these instructions will be turned over to your successor in command.



Report of Captain Litchfield.

headquarters cavalry division, Hanover, August 2, 1862.
Colonel R. H. Chilton, Assist. Adjutant-General:
Colonel: In answer to Major Taylor's note, asking for a report of the facts concerning the dash of the enemy's cavalry upon the camp of the Bath cavalry, at Verdon, I have the honor to state that Captain Litchfield, who commanded the squadron of my command sent to that vicinity after the raid at Beaver Dam, has, at my request, submitted a report, which is herewith forwarded, giving a lucid account of the affair.

The Bath cavalry has never been assigned to any regiment, but belonged to the Valley forces, and had been, for five weeks, at Verdon, according to the Captain's account, (Captain McChestney,) depending on the vicinity for rations and forage. The company, according to the accounts of the citizens, fled at the approach of the enemy. I arrived upon the ground in the afternoon. Captain McChestney reported his force to be seventy-five or eighty men, two of whom were captured, and he informed me about ten horses. He was just a mile from the ford over the North Anna, a ford where the enemy crossed, at which point a determined stand could have been made, as I noticed myself, the bank being very advantageous for sharpshooters. If Litchfield could have reached that point, the enemy would never have crossed. Upon the foregoing, and other representations made me by citizens, I telegraphed and wrote to General Jackson that I thought this company had better be withdrawn; whereupon it was done, and is now, no doubt, temporarily attached to some regiment of Robertson's command — perhaps the Second Virginia cavalry.

The extent of damage to the camp is not precisely known, but believed to be slight — only a few tents.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. E. B. Stuart, Major-General, commanding.

Camp discipline, Hanover County, Virginia, July 31, 1862.
General: In obedience to your written order, I report, in writing, the late demonstration and attack of the enemy at Verdon and vicinity:

Agreeably to your instructions, I left Atlee's Station, on Sunday, the twentieth instant, in charge of a squadron, and proceeded in the direction of Hanover Junction, (via Hanover Court-House,) which place I reached about dusk and encamped beyond, some mile and a half, sending, as directed, Lieutenant Grattan, with six men, up to Beaver Dam Station, to ascertain the extent of damage done the railroad, and the position and strength of the enemy's forces at that point.

During the night a courier arrived from Lieutenant Grattan, stating that but little injury was done the road, and the enemy had returned, and that the necessary repairs could have been made in a few hours. I started early next morning with the command, and proceeded as far as Anderson's Station, where I halted to feed. I there found a cavalry company encamped, from Bath County, commanded by Captain McChestney, who informed me that he was picketing the Telegraph road, leading to Fredericksburg, and scouting in that direction. I then sent a Lieutenant and nine men from Major Critcher's battalion, down the road, with Captain McChestney's picket, to go in the direction of Bowling Green, by a road running parallel with the Telegraph road, and leading to that place.


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