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The Daily Dispatch: November 3, 1863., [Electronic resource], Gen. Lee's Official report of his recent operations. (search)
, A. N. V. Colonel: Yesterday (Sunday) morning, at 2 o'clock, I moved from Berryville to surprise and capture the garrison at Charlestown. The surprise was complete, the enemy having no suspicion of our approach until I had the town entirely surrounded. I found the enemy occupying the Court-House, jail, and some contiguous buildings, in the heart of the town, all loop-holed for musketry, and the Court-House yard enclosed by a heavy wall of oak timber. To my demand for a surrender, Col. Simpson requested an hour for consideration. I offered him five minutes, to which he replied, "Take me, if you can." I immediately opened on the building with artillery at less than two hundred yards, and with half a dozen shell drove out the enemy into the streets, where he formed and fled towards Harper's Ferry. At the edge of town he was met by the 18th cavalry--Col. Imboden's and Gilmor's battalions. One volley was exchanged, when the enemy threw down his arms and surrendered unconditi