and he was ordered to Lynchburg
, by the way of the Central
and Southside Railroads, to take command of Echols
' brigade, and aid in the defence of the city.
was ordered to report to General Lee
The affair at Waynesboro
, which he could have captured without difficulty, had he followed Hunter
's route and not jumped at the bait unwillingly offered him, by the capture of my force at the former place.
His deflection from the direct route to the one by Charlottesville
was without adequate object, and resulted in the abandonment to capture Lynchburg
, or to cross the James River
to the south side.
He halted at Charlottesville
for two or three days, and then moved towards James River
, when, being unable to cross that river, he crossed over the Rivanna
, at its mouth, and then moved by the way of Frederick's Hall on the Central Railroad, and Ashland
on the R., F. & P. Railroad, across the South and North Anna
, and down the Pamunkey
to the White House
, about 200 cavalry were collected under Colonel Morgan
of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, and, with this force, I watched the enemy for several days while he was at Charlottesville
, and when he was endeavoring to cross the James River
had abandoned this effort, and on the day he reached the vicinity of Ashland
, while I was riding on the Louisa Court-House and Richmond Road, towards the bridge over the South Anna
, with about 20 cavalry, I came very near being captured, by a body of 300 cavalry sent after me, but I succeeded in eluding the enemy with most of those who were with me, and reached Richmond
at two o'clock next morning, after passing twice between the enemy's camps and his pickets.
My Adjutant General
, Captain Moore
, however, was captured, but made his escape.
had succeeded in collecting a portion of his cavalry and reaching Lynchburg
, where he took position