from the Little River turnpike, encamped near the same place on the same night. Meantime the main army was moving by a flank toward Leesburg. Demonstrations were also kept up toward George-town and the Chain bridge, Robertson's brigade moving in the direction of Falls church. Between Vienna and Lewinsville he encountered the enemy's pickets, and after a brief skirmish drove them in. Having posted a portion of his cavalry with one piece of artillery near Lewinsville to prevent surprise, he then drew up the remainder of the cavalry in a conspicuous position near the church, and opened with his two remaining pieces. The enemy replied with two guns, and the firing continued until nearly sundown, when perceiving several regiments advancing to assail his position, General Robertson, in accordance with his instructions, retired. The cavalry followed the rear of the army to Leesburg, and crossing the Potomac on the afternoon of the 5th, Lee's brigade in advance, moved to Poolesville. He encountered at that point a body of the enemy's cavalry, which he attacked, capturing the greater portion. The reception of our troops in Maryland was attended with the greatest demonstrations of joy, and the hope of enabling the inhabitants to throw off the tyrant's yoke stirred every Southern heart with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. The main army moving to Frederick, the next day the cavalry resumed their march on the flank, halting at Urbanna, Hampton's brigade in advance. The advance guard had the good fortune to rescue, from a member of the enemy's signal corps, a bearer of dispatches from President Davis to General Lee. The dispatches, fortunately, by the discreetness of the bearer, had not fallen into the hands of the enemy, and were eventually safely delivered. At Urbanna the main body was joined by Robertson's brigade, at this time under command of Colonel T. T. Munford. Near this place I remained with the command until the 12th of September, covering the front of the army then near Frederick city, in the direction of Washington. My left, consisting of Lee's brigade, rested at New Market, on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad; my centre, Hampton's brigade, near Hyattstown; and my right, Robertson's brigade, Colonel Munford commanding, in the direction of Poolesville, with one regiment (the Twelfth Virginia cavalry) at that point. The enemy having advanced upon my front, Hampton's brigade became engaged in several skirmishes near Hyattstown, driving the
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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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