front of Sharpsburg
Thus was the advance of Meade
's army delayed until the Confederates
had recrossed the river.
In September, 1863, the Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia was reorganized, and Stuart
's headquarters were at Culpeper Court House.
On the 18th, Kilpatrick
's division crossed the Rappahannock
, and pressing its way with celerity and vigor toward Culpeper
, captured three guns of the Confederate
On the 22d, Buford
's shop, in Madison County
, and a fierce engagement occupied the divisions of both Buford
, with the result that Stuart
withdrew across the Rapidan
In October, General Lee
entered upon what is known as the Bristoe campaign
, which aimed at turning the right flank of the Federal
army in Culpeper County
To cover this movement, Stuart
distributed his command over a wide extent of country and along the Rapidan
On the 10th, Stuart
was ordered to make a reconnaissance toward Catlett's Station.
He sent Lomax
forward, who moved to Auburn
, and there learned that the Federals
were in force at Warrenton Junction.
He further discovered that the entire Federal wagon train was parked in a position easy of access.
It was most desirable that its commissary supplies should be so applied as to appease the hunger of his half-starved cavalrymen.
consequently moved in that direction, and on reaching a piece of woods there was plainly seen, about half a mile beyond, the vast park of wagons.
gazed long and ardently at this coveted prize, but as he gazed, the hopeful expression on his countenance faded away and was succeeded by one of vexation and disappointment.
Beyond the park of wagons, his practised eye discerned a moving cloud of dust, which appeared to be passing on the left of the wagons.
It was growing dusk; tidings from his rear seemed to disconcert him, and he appeared to those who were near to be anxiously awaiting something.
He rearranged his column; some pieces of artillery were put in front, and behind these a medical transport wagon, and then