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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 10. (ed. Frank Moore) 4 0 Browse Search
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re us through Culpeper County; and we reached the north branch of the Rappahannock at the bridge where the Orange and Alexandria Railroad crosses it, on Thursday, the twenty-first of August. The artillery of the enemy here opened on us across the stream, indicating that he had halted in his retreat, and intended to make a stand there. The brigade slept on their arms under the guns of the enemy; and the next morning we turned to the left, and proceeded up the river, crossing Hazel River at Wellford, and that night reached a point about opposite to the Fauquier White Sulphur Springs. Here we also found the enemy, who, having burnt the bridge, was again opposing the our passage. On Sunday, the twenty-fourth, the brigade was moved into position on the Rappahannock Hills, near the house of Dr. Scott, to support our artillery, which was engaged with that of the enemy across the stream. There the men were subjected to a severe cannonading for four hours, and suffered a small loss of fi
uted with spirit and rapidity, and the enemy fell back with precipitation before our advance, which was resumed soon afterwards. General Wright continued to follow the line of the railroad without opposition until he arrived at the Catharine or Wellford's furnace, where he had a sharp encounter with a superior force of the enemy. Darkness put a stop to this conflict without any decided results having been attained, and at ten o'clock at night, in obedience to orders from Lieutenant-General Jacicksburg railroad, I moved rapidly up that road, keeping Captain Wilson's company, Forty-eighth Georgia regiment, and Captain Scragg's company, Twenty-second Georgia regiment, well in advance, as skirmishers. About six o'clock P. M. I reached Wellford's iron furnace, one and a half miles south-west of Chancellorsville, where I found Major-General Stuart, who informed me that the enemy, in considerable force, was occupying the thick woods north of, and near the furnace, in the direction of Ch