were reported, until the 7th of August.
In the mean time, Jackson
's force had been reinforced by the division of A. P. Hill
, and there had been skirmishing and fighting between our cavalry and that of the enemy in Madison County
and at Orange Court-House
ordered a forward movement to be made on the 7th of August, and on that day Ewell
's division crossed into Madison
at Liberty Mills
, and moved down the Rapidan
toward Barnett's Ford, bivouacking for the night near that point.
Early next morning, we moved past Barnett's Ford, driving a small detachment of the enemy's cavalry from the Ford
, and took the road for Culpeper Court-House. General Beverly Robertson
's cavalry now passed to the front and had a skirmish and some artillery firing with the enemy's cavalry at Robinson's River
, where the latter retired.
We crossed Robinson's River
and bivouacked north of it at the mouth of Crooked Creek
's cavalry going to the front some two or three miles.
On the morning of the 9th, I was ordered by General Ewell
to move forward in advance to the point occupied by our cavalry some three or four miles ahead of us, and to put out strong pickets on the road coming in from the right and left.
My brigade had now increased in strength to something over 1,500 officers and men for duty, by the return of absentees.
As we moved forward, the 44th Virginia Regiment under Colonel Scott
, and six companies of the 52nd Virginia were detached to picket the side roads.
's cavalry was found at a position about eight or nine miles from Culpeper CourtHouse, not far from Cedar Run
, and in his front, in some open fields, bodies of the enemy's cavalry were in view, watching his movements.
On our right was Cedar Run
or Slaughter's Mountain
, and between it and Culpeper road were the large open fields of several adjacent farms in the valley of Cedar Run
, while the country on the left of the road was mostly wooded.
After General Ewell
came up, my brigade was moved