The battle of Leesburg--General Stone's order.
We are indebted to a member of the First Howitzer Company for a copy of the subjoined order of Gen. Stone
, the Federal Commander
, which was found on the field the day after the battle of Leesburg
The plans were carried out as laid down, though the anticipates of routing and pursuing the ‘"enemy,"’ were very materially disappointed.
's orders, according to the Northern
papers, were found in the lining of his cap, after his death.
These facts go to prove that the movement was authorized, and the whole plan was doubtless the precursor of a general advance:
Camp of Observation, Poolesville
, Oct. 29, 10½ P. M.
will land opposite Harrison's Island
, with four companies of his regiment, and proceed to surprise the camp of the enemy discovered by Capt. Filbrick
in the direction of Leesburg
The landing and march will be affected with silence and rapidity.
, 20th Massachusetts volunteers, was immediately after Col. Deveres
's departure occupy Harrison's Island
with four companies of his regiment, and will cause the four boats to be taken across the island to the point of departure of Col. Deveres
. One company will be thrown across to occupy the lights on the Virginia
shore, after Col. Deveres
's departure, to cover his return; two mountain howitzers will be taken silently up at low-path, and carried to the opposite side of the island, under the orders of Col. Lee
will attack the camp of the enemy at day break, and, having routed, will pursue them as far as he deems prudent, and will destroy the camp, if practicable, before returning.
He will make all the observation possible of the country; will, under all circumstances, hold his command well in land, and not sacrifice this to any superior advantage of rapid pursuit; and having accomplished this duty, Colonel Deveres
will return to his present position, unless he should see one on the Virginia
side near the river, which he will undoubtedly hold until reinforced, and one which can successfully be held against largely superior numbers.
. P. Stone
, Brig. Gen.
Great care will be used by Colonel Deveres
to prevent any unnecessary injury of private property; and any officer or soldier found straggling from camp from curiosity or for plunder will be immediately shot.