On the 10th of October two columns of the Federal
army advanced with the view of ascertaining the position of General Lee
The one from Harper's Ferry
, under General W. S. Hancock
, was composed of 1,500 infantry, four regiments of cavalry and four pieces of artillery—numbering perhaps 5,000 men or more.
This advance was opposed by Colonel Munford
with a part of the 2d, 7th and 12th Virginia cavalry.
He was supported by one gun of Chew
s battery, and three of the Richmond Howitzers
under Captain B. H. Smith, Jr.
lost a foot in this fight, and Lieutenant H. C. Carter
, of this city, was badly wounded.
By one of those curious mistakes that sometimes occur, Colonel Munford
mistook this Carter
for J. W. Carter
, who was in Chew
's battery. McClellan in Life of Stuart
follows this report.
So, we are engaged to-night in correcting, as well as preserving, history.