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encountered in Gloucester County, but upon reaching Dragon River it was found the rebels had destroyed all the bridges, and a superior force of cavalry, under General Stuart, had assembled at a higher point up the river, with the intention, no doubt, of forcing the command to cross the Rappahannock at Leeds, a narrow place, where es will doubtless be attended to by the proper authorities in due season. One letter however, attracted particular attention. It was signed by the veritable General Stuart, and was addressed to Colonel Jones, who a few hours before had been taken prisoner, in response to an appeal of the inhabitants to be protected from the very cavalry force then in their midst. General Stuart in the letter promised the protection called for, and stated that he would be there on Sunday, the day the mail was captured. He was not there, however — at all events was not seen in that vicinity by our troops. He had laid a trap, as stated above, into which he expected the Y
and after five days of marching we encamped at this place. We have had two grand reviews of five brigades of cavalry, about twelve thousand in number, under General Stuart. The first took place on Saturday, when we were inspected by Stuart; and I have just now returned from the second, when we were inspected by Lieutenant-GenerStuart; and I have just now returned from the second, when we were inspected by Lieutenant-General Robert E. Lee in person. He was a fine-looking man, but very gray-haired. We are now in a battery numbering about sixteen pieces, under the command of Major Beckham. Longstreet's division passed us on Saturday. The Wise artillery was along. You can look out for some small fighting before a week. We are now about two milesd of Virginia, commanded the brigades. In the latter's brigade is all the mounted infantry they had-reported at eight hundred men. An order was found from General Stuart, dated June sixth, ordering the commands to be held in readiness to move at fifteen minutes notice. A captain, who was taken prisoner, said they were under
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a house, in which it was subsequently ascertained were the rebel Gens. Stuart, Hampton, and Jones, the latter having just arrived from Wincheshing before them, and in a very few minutes the hill at the rear of Stuart's headquarters was carried; two cannon, a flag, and a large number of prisoners were captured. As the First Maine arrived at Stuart's quarters, the first battalion, under Lieut.-Col. Smith, passed to the leftcaptured a rebel battleflag in the fight near the house occupied by Stuart. A negro servant in the Sixth New-York cavalry got hold of a gunhe cavalry battle which took place between General Pleasanton's and Stuart's cavalry, at Beverly Ford, on the ninth instant, but it must certallant Major Russell, with a few men, captured an ambulance with General Stuart's plan of the intended raid which was to have been made into Mare I cannot forbear mentioning that when Major Russell captured General Stuart's ambulance, he and Corporal Brown Austin, of company H, were c
t the various fords from Beverly's to Kelly's, with a large force of cavalry, accompanied by infantry and artillery. After a severe contest, till five P. M., General Stuart drove them across the river. R. E. Lee. Lynchburgh Republican account. Lynchburgh, June 11. The forces engaged on our side were Generals W. H. Fel account. Richmond, June 12. The cars on yesterday evening brought down three hundred and two prisoners of war, cavalrymen and artillerymen, captured by Stuart's cavalry in the fight near Brandy Station on Tuesday. Twelve of the number were commissioned officers — including one colonel, one major, and sundry captains anls not yet loaded. Taking them at this advantage, they pierced and broke our line, and forced our men to fall back. They gained so much ground as to capture General Stuart's headquarters, near Brandy; also Brandy Station, and, we understand, some stores there. Our men, recovering from their surprise, now rapidly came forward
e force on the Front Royal road could not be other than the enemy which we had faced during the occupancy of Winchester, or that the anticipated cavalry raid of Gen. Stuart was in progress, against either or both of which combined I could have held my position. I deemed it impossible that Lee's army, with its immense artillery andenemy in some force on the Front Royal road, I felt confident that it was composed of the forces which I had faced, or that the expected cavalry expedition of General Stuart was in progress. Acting upon this belief, I regarded it as my duty to remain at my post at Winchester. Lee's army in parallel columns once across the pass nor any thought of evacuating the post. The object was to concentrate, in order to repel an attack either of the forces under Imboden, Jones, and Jenkins, or of Stuart's cavalry, then expected to appear in the valley. Colonel McReynolds left Berryville on the morning of the thirteenth, and, by a circuitous route of thirty miles
aged. Presently there came new excitement. Stuart had crossed the Potomac, twenty-five miles frog ready for instant attack; much chattering of Stuart and his failure in the train; anxious inquirie whose term of service that day expired! With Stuart's cavalry swarming about the very gates of therd, they insisted on starting home! Would that Stuart could capture the train that bears them! Anpen again to Frederick; that nobody knew where Stuart had gone, but that in any event they would sen checking their charges. In the afternoon. Stuart's cavalry was heard from, making the best of ides of his division. The cavalry, under General Stuart, was thrown out in front of Longstreet to ry encountered two brigades of ours, under General Stuart, near Aldie, and was driven back with lossempt to cross the Potomac. In that event, General Stuart was directed to move into Maryland, crossialso instructed to march from Carlisle. General Stuart continued to follow the movements of the F[14 more...]
s brigade having advanced to Abbottsville, General Stuart made a simultaneous attack upon his rear a excursions toward the centre of the State. Stuart and Early, the marauding chiefs of the rebel a arriving in Hanover, one hundred and fifty of Stuart's cavalry entered that place, and did pretty mform General Kilpatrick of the approach of General Stuart upon the rear of General Farnsworth's brig One of this class recovered nine horses from Stuart; they were taken by mistake. The keeper of a to the vicinity of Heidlersburgh, to intercept Stuart, who was moving toward the main body of the reVermont lost fifty men in this retreat. Lieutenant Stuart, of company G; Lieutenant Caldwell, of ct Hill, of company C, were among the wounded. Stuart and Hill were left upon the field. It was fto prevent the citizens from paying tribute to Stuart's men, under Jenkins. He captured four hundreprisoners, destroyed one half of the rebel General Stuart's cavalry force, and so demoralized the ba[2 more...]
wantonly destroyed, poultry was not disturbed, nor did he compliment our blooded cattle so much as to test the quality of their steak and roasts. Some of his men cast a wistful eye upon the glistening trout in the spring; but they were protected by voluntary order, and save a few quarts of delicious strawberries, gathered with every care, after first asking permission, nothing in the gardens or about the grounds was taken. Having had a taste of rebel love for horses last October, when General Stuart's officers first stole our horses, and then supped and smoked socially with us, we had started to the mountains slightly in advance of Jenkins's occupation of the town, and, being unable to find them, we are happy to say that General Jenkins didn't steal our new assortment. However earnest an enemy Jenkins may be, he don't seem to keep spite, but is capable of being very jolly and sociable when he is treated hospitably. For prudential reasons the editor was not at home to do the hono
d that an attempt was being made to blockade the river at a very narrow point, by felling trees about ten miles below where we were lying. The Smith Briggs immediately went down, but the report appears to have been unfounded. During our return, we shelled the woods thoroughly. Certain portions of the banks were lined with sharp-shooters, but their spiteful, whistling shot fell harmlessly against the plating of our boats. The spattering caused more than ordinary amusement. One lone Boston Abolitionist appeared to be uneasy; but I believe scariness is a marked trait in the animal. A prisoner in our hands, formerly of the Forty-second Virginia infantry, boasted that Stuart would be in Maryland and Pennsylvania before we had any idea, and that he would lay every thing waste. He was going prepared to fight and destroy — in fact, would spare nothing. He is very anxious to destroy the counties of Maryland bordering to the northward, which he is pleased to call abolition-holes.
nd desperate cavalry fight that ever occurred on this continent — a fight which commenced at sunrise and closed at the setting of the same. We had learned that Stuart, with a heavy force of cavalry and artillery, was encamped at Brandy Station. It was determined to give him fight for two reasons: to find out the whereabouts ofthe charge. He routed the enemy's advance, sent it flying over fields and roads, captured an ambulance — which was afterward found to contain a major and all General Stuart's plans and, letters of instruction from General Lee--drove the enemy before him down the Culpeper road, and, alas! charged too far. Before he could rally hi may sound extravagant, but I have the word of the prisoners he brought in (fourteen) and of his own men for its fidelity, and the ambulance he captured, with General Stuart's trunk, papers, letters, and plans, are at headquarters. The battle soon became a fight for Beverly Ford. We drove the enemy back, secured the ford, and
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