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forced back early in the morning from Hazel River, and in the afternoon from Rappahannock, and that the enemy were crossing at Sulphur Springs and Waterloo in heavy force. As it was too late when this intelligence reached me to attempt to gain Warrenton in advance of the enemy, the army on the thirteenth was withdrawn to Auburn and Catlett's Station, and on the fourteenth to Centreville. This retrograde movement was effected without molestation from the enemy till the fourteenth, on.which dayuburn and endeavored to cut off his retreat; General Kilpatrick, however, extricated himself by taking a road to Haymarket, but not without considerable loss, from the superior numbers he was engaged with. On the twentieth, the army occupied Warrenton without opposition, the enemy retiring to the south bank of the Rappahannock. It was then ascertained the enemy had completely destroyed the Orange and Alexandria Railroad from Bristol Station to the Rappahannock. Through the energy and skill
of Lee's and Robertson's brigade. Passing through Warrenton, he reached Catlett's Station at night, but was pr those of the enemy. The enemy was massed between Warrenton and the Springs, and guarded the fords of the Rappd; two trains of cars coming from the direction of Warrenton were captured, and a few prisoners were taken. Noand take a position west of the turnpike road from Warrenton to Alexandria, where he could more readily unite w that the enemy, approaching from the direction of Warrenton, was moving down the turnpike towards Alexandria, rtain movements of the enemy from the direction of Warrenton, which seemed to menace the right flank of his coldly from the mountains, moving in the direction of Warrenton. As soon as this intention developed itself, Longe Ridge. The enemy gradually concentrated about Warrenton, his cavalry being thrown forward beyond the Rappaieces of artillery, guarding the ford, and reached Warrenton soon after the last of the enemy's column had left
e Sixth and Second Virginia cavalry were attached to his division. Our regiments had just been reorganized, and, as the senior cavalry officer, I had the outpost. My Headquarters were at Swift Run Gap, and my pickets extended from Culpeper Court-House to the mountains on the east side of the Blue Ridge, and from near Harrisonburgh to Wolftown on the west. A heavy scout was kept watching Geary's command, who was marching on Fredericksburgh to reenforee McDowell. After Shields had passed Warrenton, my regiment was, for the first time, assembled; finding over one hundred unarmed recruits added to my regiment, I was sent to Richmond to get arms, and while en route for that place, General Jackson started after Banks. I joined his command at Winchester, and reported for duty. The Sixth and Second cavalry were then under the command of Brigadier-General George H. Stewart. My regiment had been employed in tearing up the railroad near Front Royal, (Licutenant-Colonel Watis's report has
party at View Tree, an eminence overlooking Warrenton, and establish his own flag instead — the se intercepted, giving the order of march from Warrenton toward Manassas, and directing cavalry to red sent on an important reconnoissance toward Warrenton, of which his report is appended. Captain Wde demonstrations upon the road leading from Warrenton, which were checked by the Second brigade, ais I did, and drove off the advance down the Warrenton road, but, after some time, discovered them ovement,) were coming down the turnpike from Warrenton, meeting us. Soon after crossing the run, wereville, along which the enemy advanced from Warrenton. About half past 4 P. M., I think, I receivurg, Brandy Station, and Beverley's Ford, to Warrenton. This route being approved, the march was ce in sight, but returned in the direction of Warrenton. General Jackson directed me to move the enwith the advance of Pope's army, moving from Warrenton in the direction of Alexandria; he fell back[16 more...]