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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 2 0 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 2 0 Browse Search
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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Gettysburg campaign--full report of General J. E. B. Stuart. (search)
l at Brookeville that night, and the remainder next day at Cookesville. Among the number were Major Duane and Captain Michler, Engineers, United States army. At Cookesville our advance encountered and put to flight a small party of the enemy, and among the prisoners taken there were some who said they belonged to the Seven hundred loyal Eastern shoremen. Brigadier-General Fitz. Lee reached the railroad soon after daylight, the march having continued all night. The bridge was burnt at Sykesville, and the track torn up at Hood's mill, where the main body crossed it. Measures were taken to intercept trains,. but trains ran to the vicinity of the obstruction, took the alarm and ran back. The various telegraph lines were likewise cut, and communications of the enemy with Washington City thus cut off at every point, and Baltimore threatened. We remained in possession of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad nearly all day. The enemy was ascertained to be moving through Frederick City no
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—Pennsylvania. (search)
them, and by a bold dash between the forts heighten the commotion which his presence at Rockville could not fail to create. But night was approaching, his horses were tired, and the necessity of speedily rejoining his chief prevailed over every other consideration. In spite of the exhaustion of both men and animals, it became therefore necessary to resume the march during the night, and on the morning of the 29th the two columns struck the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Hood's Mill and Sykesville. They had thus followed the eastern slope of the hills which form the boundary of the Monocacy basin at the east. The occupation of the railroad connecting Washington and Baltimore with the town of Frederick, where the centre of the enemy's army was located, might have proved a serious source of trouble to the latter if it had intended to remain there, and if Stuart had had time to destroy the track entirely. He only set fire to two small bridges, being unable to capture any train, and
er to this, it is sufficient to say that these captures were made on the regular line of the cavalry march, which was following closely in Hooker's wake, observing his movements. That night Gen. S pushed on, and whilst at Brookeville, as also on the next day at Cooksville, he paroled a number of prisoners, exceeding four hundred. At Cooksville a small body of Yankee cavalry was encountered, but was speedily put to flight. At daylight on the 29th Fitz Lee burnt the railroad bridge at Sykesville and tore up the railroad track as far as Hood's Mill, at which point the enemy had crossed on the day previous. Our forces also cut the telegraph wire, thus severing the enemy's military communications in this direction. Our cavalry remained all day in possession of the railroad, threatening Baltimore, and at night moved on to Westminster. At this point our advance was obstinately contested for a short while, but the enemy soon retired. During this engagement two most excellent young m