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Report of Captain E. C. Fox.

Richmond, March 9th, 1864.
Major-General Fitz. Lee:
General,—According to instructions, I have the honor to report the facts concerning the little fight we had with the raiding party of the enemy around Richmond on the 5th day of March.

I was informed by Lieutenant Pollard, of the Ninth Virginia Cavalry, that the enemy were advancing through King William county. I immediately ordered my men to report for duty, and succeeded in assembling twenty-eight at King & Queen Courthouse.

Lieutenant Pollard came up in their rear and engaged their rearguard near Bruington Church, skirmishing for several miles. They halted and fed near Mantipike. [533]

The portions of the different commands were then collected together and put in ambush to await the advance of the enemy. After an hour or two's rest, they moved on slowly. Our fire was reserved until the head of their column rested within a few yards when they opened fire, which was instantly returned. Colonel Dahlgren fell dead, pierced with five balls. We captured ninety-two prisoners, thirty-eight negroes, a number of horses, arms, &c.

Our force numbered about one hundred and fifty men. Lieutenant Pollard, twenty men; Captain Magruder, of the Forty-Second Virginia battalion, seventy; Captain Bagby, Home Guards, twenty-five; Captain Todd, Home Guards, nine; King & Queen Cavalry, twenty-eight.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. C. Fox, Captain Company E, Fifth Virginia Cavalry.

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