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[653] followed beyond Brandy Station, at which point a brigade of cavalry, under the command of the Federal General Bayard, was discovered drawn up in line of battle on a commanding hill, evidently determined to dispute our progress, and firing upon my column with long-range guns, (Burnside rifles.) As soon as practicable I ordered a charge, and led the Twelfth Virginia regiment, Colonel Harman, directly against the centre of their line, while the Sixth and Seventh were directed against their flank. The men charged gallantly, and after a brief hand-to-hand contest the enemy was routed, with the loss of several killed and a number wounded, capturing sixty-four prisoners, including several commissioned officers. Our loss was three killed and thirteen wounded. Colonel A. W. Harman and Captain L. F. Terrill were especially conspicuous during the engagement, as was also Major Von Borcke, Aid-de-camp to Major-General Stuart. Captain Redman Burke, attached to division headquarters, was wounded in the leg while charging gallantly with the Twelth Virginia regiment. My thanks are specially due to Colonel Jones for the admirable disposition made of his skirmishers and regiment during the engagement with the first main cavalry on picket duty.

Very respectfully, sir,

Your obedient servant,

B. H. Robertson, Brigadier-General, commanding Cavalry.


Report of Brigadier-General Robertson of events subsequent to Second battle of Manassas.

headquarters cavalry brigade, Garysburg, N. C., October 15, 1862.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters Cavalry Division, A. N. V.:
sir: On the afternoon of Saturday, August thirtieth, when the rout of the enemy had become general, I moved my entire brigade rapidly forward in order to press his left flank, and, if possible, to intercept his retreat in the direction of Centreville, by way of the Stone Bridge. Before reaching the Lewis Ford, I observed a body of the enemy's cavalry approaching that point from the direction of Manassas. As there did not seem to be more than a small squadron, I ordered two companies of the Second Virginia cavalry, Colonel Munford, to move forward and attack them. The order was promptly obeyed, when it was ascertained that an additional body of the enemy's cavalry, whose exact strength, owing to their position, I could not make out, were concealed under the crest of a hill, in their immediate front. I then ordered the entire Second regiment to the support of the squadron already engaged, which had been driven back by largely superior numbers. Before this regiment had arrived in supporting distance of the squadron already mentioned, a full brigade of Federal cavalry, under the command of General Buford, had advanced to the top of the hill, where it was drawn up in line of battle. I moved forward immediately with the Seventh and Twelfth regiments of Virginia cavalry to reenforce Colonel Munford, leaving the Sixth, Colonel Flournoy, in reserve. Without waiting, Colonel Munford made a brilliant and dashing charge with his regiment in line, engaging the enemy in a hand-to-hand contest, which lasted until the Twelfth regiment had almost reached the scene of action, when the enemy commenced a general and precipitate retreat, being closely pursued by the Second, Twelfth, and a portion of the Seventh regiment of Virginia cavalry. Our men followed beyond Lewis Ford as far as the Centreville and Warrenton turnpike, when darkness put an end to the pursuit. A number of the enemy's dead were left upon the field. Colonel Broadhead, of the First Michigan, was mortally wounded in a hand-to-hand encounter with Lieutenant Harman, Adjutant of the Twelfth Virginia cavalry.

We captured over three hundred prisoners. Our loss, five killed and forty wounded.

The conduct of the field officers, as well as that of the men, of the Second Virginia cavalry, surpassed all praise. Sergeant Leopold, of the Twelfth Virginia cavalry, was in the thickest of the fight, and acted most gallantly during its continuance. He was wounded in three places.

I am, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

B. H. Robertson, Brigadier-General, commanding Cavalry.


Report of Colonel Thomas, commanding Second brigade.

headquarters Third brigade, Light division, October 26, 1862.
Major R. C. Morgan, Assistant Adjutant-General, Light Division:
Major: I have the honor to report that this brigade, on August ninth, 1862, was, by order of General Hill, turned from its line of march to the right of the road, and ordered to report to General Jackson; by the latter was placed in line, at rest, in the border of a wood; occupied this position a short time; then, by order of General Jackson, reported to General Hill. By him the brigade was placed in a wood, with orders to support General Early, who occupied, at that time, the right of our line. After a short time, by General Jackson, it was ordered to take position to the front and right. While this order was being executed, a brigade in front of the Third was being forced back; one regiment, the Fourteenth Georgia, was ordered to support it; the Thirty-fifth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-ninth Georgia regiments occupied the extreme right of our line, with orders to hold that position. The advance of the enemy was checked, and this position was held until nearly dark, when an advance was ordered. We moved some distance through the field, and bivouacked that night upon the ground previously occupied by the enemy.

On Thursday, August twenty-eighth, near Sudley Ford, this brigade was held in reserve by order of General Hill; was under fire, but took no active part, and, after the enemy gave way, moved forward and bivouacked for the night on


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