river: how many more were to follow, he did dot know. He estimated the force in this column at 20,000 men. He seemed frank and candid, as well as communicative. About 1 P. M., I received a report from the pickets towards Madden's that the enemy was moving a large infantry force in that direction. Leaving Chambliss in front of the enemy where I was, I marched the remainder of the command, Fitz. Lee in advance, directly to Madden's, where we pierced the enemy's column while it was marching, and scattered it, taking possession of the road and capturing a number of prisoners, which enabled us to develope their strength and designs, as we captured prisoners from three army corps--Eleventh (Howard's), Twelfth (Slocum's), Fifth (Meade's); and soon after learned that the column had marched direct for Germana ford. These items were telegraphed to the Commanding General. Colonel J. Lucius Davis, near Beaver Dam, had been telegraphed early that day to move his force at once to occupy and hold the Rapidan fords, but I had no assurance that the order would be obeyed with sufficient promptness to accomplish the object; and as there was no cavalry on the left flank of the main army, it was indispensably necessary to move around, get in front of the enemy moving down upon Fredericksburg, delay him as much as possible, and protect our left flank. Besides, while in the execution of this design, I received instructions from the Commanding General to give necessary orders about public property along the railroad, and swing round to join his left wing, delaying the enemy as much as possible in his march. The brigade of General Fitz. Lee was put en route, in a jaded and hungry condition, to Raccoon ford, to cross and move round to the enemy's front. General W. H. F. Lee, with the two regiments--Ninth and Thirteenth--under his command, was directed to move by way of Culpeper, to take up the line of the upper Rapidan, and lookout for Gordonsville and the railroad. Couriers had been by directions sent to Eley's and Germana to notify our parties there of the enemy's advance, but were captured and consequently the parties there received no notice; but by the good management of Captain Collins, however, now Major of Fifteenth Virginia cavalry, the enemy was checked for some time at Germana, and his wagons and implements saved, though some of his men were captured. A strong party of sharpshooters was left to hold the road of the enemy's march as long as possible, and then follow us, which was
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The defence of Mobile in 1865 .
Detailed Minutiae of soldier life in the army of Northern Virginia .
Defence of Fort Gregg .
Address on the character of General R. E. Lee , delivered in Richmond on Wednesday , January 19th , 1876 , the anniversary of General Lee 's birth
March 7th to 12th , 1865
Maryland troops in the Confederate service.
Comments on the First volume of Count of Paris ' civil War in America .
The last Confederate surrender.
The peace Commission of 1865 .
Memoranda of the operations of Brigadier-General W. H. F. Lee 's command during General Stoneman 's raid into Virginia .
Report of Major-General C. L. Stevenson from the beginning of the Dalton - Atlanta campaign to May 30 , 1864 .
April 5th to 10th , 1865
Report of Major-General Samuel Jones of operations at Charleston, South Carolina , from December 5th to 27th , 1864 .
Sketch of the late General S. Cooper .
Report of General J. E. B. Stuart of cavalry operations on First Maryland campaign, from August 30th to September 18th , 1862 .
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