The affair at Lewinsville
--The following ‘"general orders"’ were issued by the commanding General subsequent to the recent affair at Lewinsville.
Besides being of an interesting nature, they will serve to correct an unintentional error on the part of our regular correspondent, ‘"G. M.,"’ as to the parties engaged on that occasion:
Headquarters advanced forces.
Army of the Potomac, Sept. 13, 1861.
General Order, No. 16.
The commanding General
is pleased to express his high appreciation of the conduct of the officers and soldiers, under Col. Stuart
, in the combat at Lewinsville on the 11th inst. Such deeds are worthy the emulation of the best trained soldiers.
Three hundred and five infantry, under Major Terrill
, a section of artillery, under Capt. Rosser
, and a detachment of the First Cavalry, under Capt. Patrick
, met and routed at least thrice, their numbers of infantry, artillery, and cavalry, without loss.
This handsome affair should remind our forces that numbers are of little avail compared with the importance of coolness, firmness and careful attention to orders.
If our men will do themselves justice, the enemy cannot stand before them.
Headq'rs Army of the Potomac, September 14th, 1861.
General Order, No. 19.
The General commanding has great satisfaction in making known the excellent conduct of Col. J. E. B. Stuart
, and the officers and men of his command, in the affair at Lewinsville, on the 11th inst. On this occasion Col. Stuart
, with Major Terrill
's Battalion, (13th Virginia Volunteers,) two pieces of the Washington Artillery, (Louisiana
,) under Capt. Rosser
and Lieut. Slocum
, and Capt. Patrick
's company of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, attacked and drove from that position in confusion eight pieces of artillery, three regiments of infantry, and a large body of cavalry, inflicting severe loss, but incurring none.