When General Jackson arrived near Gordonsville on July 19, 1862, he was at his request reenforced by Major General A. P. Hill. Receiving information that only a part of General Pope's army was at Culpeper Court House, General Jackson, hoping to defeat it before reenforcements should arrive, moved in that direction the division of Ewell, Hill, and Jackson, on August 7th, from their encampments near Gordonsville. As the enemy's cavalry displayed unusual activity and the train of Jackson's division was seriously endangered, General Lawton with his brigade was ordered to guard it. On August 9th Jackson arrived within eight miles of Culpeper Court House and found the foe in his front near Cedar Run and a short distance west and north of Slaughter Mountain. When first seen, the cavalry in large force occupied a ridge to the right of the road. A battery opened upon it and soon forced it to retire. Our fire was responded to by some guns beyond the ridge from which the
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