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fair, which occurred about six o'clock in the evening, we captured a prisoner, from whom I learned that he belonged to Hay's Louisiana brigade, which was a part of Ewell's corps, the whole of which, and also that of Longstreet, was in our immediate vicinity. A deserter, who came in shortly afterward, confirmed his statement. Thiswith the greater portion of the command which he led in the last charge. The force which we encountered on Monday morning in our front was Johnson's division of Ewell's corps, from eight to ten thousand strong. The whole number of my division which have reported at Harper's Ferry and Bloody Run and other places exceeds five tho thirty miles, reached Winchester about ten o'clock that night. In the mean time, at about six o'clock that afternoon, I learned from prisoners and deserters that Ewell's and Longstreet's corps of Lee's army were in front of me. This was the first intimation I had received of the fact, and it brought to my mind, for the first time
in for the Eleventh, but so they had too for — Ewell, already marching down from York to rejoin Leeortunity, it began to pour in its volleys upon Ewell's flank. The audacity of a single brigade attsaid it was. The rifle-pits had been regained; Ewell's corps had been substantially repulsed. The Reliable intelligence placed his advance thus: Ewell's corps on the Susquehanna, Harrisburgh, and Cnemy on the Cashtown road, and the junction of Ewell's corps coming in on the York and Harrisburgh tomac through Hagerstown and Williamsport, General Ewell had been instructed to send a division eas, had been actively engaged on the left of General Ewell during the progress of the latter into Mar As I was not with our advance, under Lieutenant-General Ewell, I shall not be able to give you as fotomac two days after his corps. I learn that Ewell's crossed on the twenty-second June--one portin front, which comprised the corps of Hill and Ewell, sixty-two thousand strong. The shock was awf[44 more...]
lry that night, until numbers of the regiment came straggling in and gave themselves up as prisoners of war. Other cavalry moved up and down the road upon which the train was standing, and some most amusing scenes occurred. The train belonged to Ewell's division, and had in it also a large number of private carriages and teams, containing officers' baggage. Four regiments were doing guard-duty, but as they judged of the future by the past, they supposed our army would rest two or three monthsssible to tell the number of vehicles of all descriptions captured; the road was crowded with them for at least ten miles; there were ambulances filled with wounded officers and privates from the battle-field of Gettysburgh; ambulances containing Ewell's, Early's, and other officers' baggage; ambulances filled with delicacies stolen from stores in Pennsylvania; four and six mule and horse teams; some filled with barrels of molasses, others with flour, hams, meal, clothing, ladies' and childrens
hed by the officer receiving or taking the same with a receipt specifying the kind and quantity of the property received or taken, as the case may be, the name of the person from whom it was received or taken, the command for the use of which it was intended, and the market price. A duplicate of said receipt shall be at once forwarded to the chief of the department to which the officer by whom it is executed is attached. 6. If any person shall remove or conceal porperty necessary for the use of the army, or attempt to do so, the officers hereinbefore mentioned will cause such property and all other property belonging to such person that may be required by the army, to be seized, and the officer seizing the same will forthwith report to the chief of this department the kind, quantity, and market price of the property so seized, and the name of the owner. By command of General R. E. Lee. R. H. Chilton, A. A. and I. G. Lieutenant-General R. S. Ewell, Commanding Second Army Corps.
ust be manifest that they have a right to delegate their authority — otherwise nothing worth mentioning can be done by these men. I have been informed from good authority that no such idea was entertained by General Lee. But I must hasten to close this lengthy corn. munication. The roads here are not so good as in Maryland. Yesterday we travelled a mud pike resembling a bad Virginia road. From this point the roads promise to be better. We are about seventeen miles in Pennsylvania. General Ewell left this place, I understand, for Harrisburgh, Friday morning. I presume his force is sufficient to take the capital. If not, we will help him. I know nothing of the future movements of this army, but I think the bulk of it will remain in this vicinity until some large Yankee force is brought out to meet us. One division, I imagine, will suffice to disperse any militia that may be collected.< Chambersburgh is a beautiful town of about eight or ten thousand inhabitants. The house; h
would have defied assault. But no assault came. When daylight appeared the fact was revealed that the enemy had wholly disappeared. From prisoners captured during the morning more exact information of the enemy's movements was obtained. It appeared then that the information brought in by our scouts was entirely erroneous; that the column of troops seen by Colonel Hayden was the rear of their whole line, and was a portion of Rhodes's division; that the forces met in the gap were some of Ewell's corps, who merely wished to hold the gap long enough to allow their column to cross the Shenandoah and move by on its way down the valley. A detachment from the Third corps was ordered forward early in the morning, and passed unopposed into Front Royal, arriving there only in time to see the dust of the rear of the enemy's column moving away southward. The returning force of the rebels that our scouts had reported, and on which information General Meade had based his calculations for a
h. Near the former place a skirmish took place between General Ewell's advance and the rear guard of the enemy, which was fory, in order to hold us in check until the other. corps of Ewell, together with the two remaining divisions of Longstreet's lery, in order to hold us in check until the other corps of Ewell, together with the two remaining divisions of Longstreet's Manassas Junction, there to cut off Meade's retreat, whilst Ewell's corps followed on the right flank of the retreating enemyhth instant, and moved toward Sperryville. On the same day Ewell crossed the Rapidan at Raccoon Ford. At this place occurreunder the immediate command of Stuart, moving in advance of Ewell's corps, reached Culpeper Court-House, and, moving along thIn each of these battles we took several hundred prisoners. Ewell's corps, having changed its line of march, reached Warrentot soon fell back, and our cavalry pushed on in pursuit, General Ewell following with his infantry. General Fitz Lee's divi
ntemplated upon his right and rear — information since verified. It was also ascertained that on Thursday night the rebel cavalry under Stuart, and infantry under Ewell, were crossing the Rapidan in the vicinity of Robertson's River, and making toward Springville, via James City, and I presume it was this information which led to ect. Immediately upon the discovery of our forces by the rebels, signals were displayed, calling upon the infantry to come back to check our advance. Accordingly Ewell recrossed the river during the forenoon, and took up his line of march toward the Orange and Alexandria railroad, where they had a series of works, leaving only Stxth corps extending from Raccoon Ford to Cedar Run; Kilpatrick, supported by the Second and Third corps, to the west of Culpeper, from three to four miles distant. Ewell had moved back from his position in the morning, and faced Newton and Sedgwick, while Stuart fronted French, Warren, and Kilpatrick in the vicinity of Bethel Churc