eneral Stuart refers in his report, and that he construed that letter to mean what he there states.
That construction, however, is not justified by the letter itself.
General Stuart's report then proceeds as follows: Accordingly, three days rations were prepared, and on the night of the 24th the following brigades—Hampton's, Fitz Lee's, and W. H. F. Lee's, rendezvoused secretly near Salem depot.
We had no wagons or vehicles, except six pieces of artillery, caissons, and ambulances.
Robertson's and Jones's Brigades, under command of the former, were left in observation of the enemy on the usual front, with full instructions as to following up the enemy in case of withdrawal, and rejoining our main army.
Brigadier-General Fitz Lee's Brigade had to march from north of Snicker's Gap to the place of rendezvous.
At 1 o'clock at night the brigades, with noiseless march, moved out. This precaution was necessary on account of the enemy's having possession of the Bull Run mountains, w
Gettysburg, captured, Richard Payne, Edward Porter, wounded, Edward F. Porter, Henry Porter, killed at Nance's Shop, J. Horace Porter, R. Louis Porter, Joseph A. Pullen, John Purcell, died in service, Broaddus Reamy, James Reamy, killed at Sailors' Creek, William A. Reamy, killed at Nance's Shop, Emmett Reed, Clarence Rice, Robert Wilbur Rice, William Rice, James Robb, Charles Rust, transferred to Company H, John Rust, died of wounds, William R. Rust, severely wounded at Gettysburg, Coral Robertson, William W. Rose, killed, Robert A. Sanfard, wounded, Robert Self, John Settle, Robert Spilman, severely wounded at Ashland, Thomas M. Spilman, Bruce Stringfellow, severely wounded, Hansford Sutton, disabled by a fall, and discharged, John E. Sturman, William Smith, died in service, Garvin C. Taliaferro, adjutant of the regiment, leg fractured, and amputated at Barbee's Cross-Roads, Henry Thrift, wounded, Joseph Thrift, discharged, Robert L. Talent, died in service, Charles Taylor, Henry T