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neral Hampton's Brigade had retired through Martinsburg, on the Tuscarora road, when General Stuart arrived and made dispositions to attack.--Lee's Brigade was advanced immediately, and Hampton's ordered forward. The enemy retired at the approach of Lee along the Shepherdstown road, and was driven across the Potomac by the cavalry with severe loss, and darkness alone prevented it from being a signal victory. His rear was overtaken and put to flight, our cavalry charging in gallant style under a severe fire of artillery, routing squadron after squadron, killing a number, wounding more, and capturing several. He was driven through Shepherdstown, and crossed the river after dark, in no case standing a hand-to-hand conflict, but relying upon his artillery and carbines at long range for protection. I regret to add that we lost one Lieutenant and several privates. I am, most respectfully, Your obd't serv't. R. E. Lee, Gen. Comd'g. Official — Chas. Marshall, Maj. and A. D. C.
trictest order and sobriety on the march and in bivouac. The destination and extent of this expedition had better be kept to myself than known to you. Suffice it to say that, with the hearty co-operation of officers and men, I have not a doubt of its success — a success which will reflect credit in the highest degree upon your arms. The orders which are herewith published for your government are absolutely necessary, and must be rightly enforced. (signed.) J. E. B. Stuart, Major-General Comd'g. Headq'rs Cavalry Division, October 9, 1862. Orders No, 13. During the expedition into the enemy's country, on which his command is about to engage, brigade commanders will make arrangements for seizing horses, the property of citizens of the United States, and all other property subject to legal capture, pro- except by in person or in writing of the commander of brigade, regiment, or captain of a company in the absence of his officers. In all will be given to the
Camp Battery no. 2,Marion Hill, October 27th, 1862. James F Britton and Joshua W. Curry being absent without leave, will report forthwith, or be considered as deserters and be dealt with accordingly. Wm. L. Satterwhite, Lt. Comd'g Co. A, 10th Va. Vols., Heavy Art. oc 28--2t*
silent on the retrograde movement of Burnside, performed after his failure to capture the crest of the hills, to which he alludes in the following dispatch sent to Washington before he recrossed; Headq'rs Army Potomac, 4 A. M., Dec. 14. The President: I have just returned from the field. Our troops are all over the river, and hold the first ridge outside the town and three miles below. We hope to carry the treat to-day. Our loss is heavy — say 5,000. A. E. Burnside, Major-General Comd'g. The Herald's account of the battle — great slaughter of Federal troops — the killed and wounded. The correspondent of the New York Herald writing on the 14th from Fredericksburg, gives the following description of the fight of Saturday, which he says raged fiercely throughout the entire day, and even after night had shrouded the field. He says: The fighting on our immediate front and right, and beyond Fredericksburg, was carried on by Gen. Sumner's grand division, cons<
The Daily Dispatch: January 6, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Inside history of the battles around Richmond — the instructions of McDowell — his correspondence with McClellan. (search)
cutting off the retreat of the enemy upon Richmond, where they would add twelve thousand to the forces against you, and in saving the bridges across the Pamunkey; and to what point on the Pamunkey can you extend your right to join me, and to what point can you cause supplies to be placed for my command, and by what date can I count upon finding them these ready for me! I shall require subsistence for thirty-eight thousand men, and forage for eleven thousand animals. Irwis McDowell, Major-Gen. Comd'g Dep't. Washington, May 24. Major-Gen. McDowell, Fredericksburg: Gen. Fremont has been ordered by telegraph to move from Franklin on Harrisonburg to relieve Gen. Banks and capture or destroy Jackson's or Ewell's forces. You are instructed, laying aside for the present the movement on Richmond, to put twenty thousand men in motion at once for the Shenandoah moving on the line or in the advance of the Manassas Gap Railroad. Your object will be to capture the forces o
All Absentees from Capt. Whittington's company, (E,) 19th Virginia battalion, who do not report forthwith to Battery No. 8, will be considered deserters, and treated as such. One hundred dollars reward will be given for the apprehension and delivery of John Sobber, native of Germany, 5 feet 10 inches high, about 46 years of age, dark hair, dark complexion, with a scar on the nose. By order of William McGRANT, 1st Lieut. Comd'g. ja 16--2t*
The Daily Dispatch: January 19, 1863., [Electronic resource], Gen. Bragg's address to the Army at Winchester. (search)
hall yet teach him a severe lesson for the rashness of penetrating a country so hostile to his cause. Whilst the and artillery defy him in front, our invincible cavalry will assail him in flank and rear until we goad him to another advance only to meet another signal defeat. Your General deplores in common with you, the loss of your gallant comrades who have fallen in our recent conflicts. Let their memories be enshrined in your hearts, as they will ever be tenderly cherished by their countrymen. Let it be yours to avenge their fate and proudly to their deeds. Remember that your face is to the foe, and that on you rests the defence of all that is dear to freeman. Soldiered the proudest reflection of your General's life is to be known as the commender of an army to brave and invincible as you have proved. He asks no higher than to lead such men to victory. To share their and to stand or with them will be the crown of his ambition. Braxton Bragg, Gen'l Comd'g.
Vicksburg March 25 --Two of the enemy's gunboats attempted to pass down the river this morning. Our batteries opened upon them with effect. One was sunk opposite our batteries. The other was badly riddled, and now Res opposite the canal batteries. It is expected that she will be sunk. The was set on fire, but appeared to be extinguished. The firing of our batteries was splendid. Almost every shot took effect. [official account] The following official confirmation of the above dispatch was received at the War Department yesterday: Jackson, Miss, March 25, To Gen. S. Cooper, Adj't and Inspr Gen'l: The following telegram was received this morning from Gen. Stevenson: Four boats came to the turn at sunrise. Two attempted to pass--one was sunk, with all on board, the other Has at the month of the canal apparently disabled. (Signed,) J. C. Pemerton Lieutenant-General Comd'g.
nd. This cavalry have marched nearly two hundred (200) miles since the 3d of May; were inside of the fortifications of Richmond on the 4th; burnt all the stores at Aylett's Station, on the Matrimony; on the 5th destroyed all the ferries over the Pamunkey and Mattaponi, and a large depot of commissary stores near and above the Rappahannock, and came in here in good condition. They deserve great credit for what they have done. It is one of the finest feats of the war. Rufus King, Brigadier-General Comd'g Post. The New York Herald, of the 7th, does not seem very hopeful about the results of the Fredericksburg fight. It says: The public has been so of en misled, duped, deceived, disappointed, and trifled with by the authorities at Washington that, in spite of the splendid fighting of the Rappahannock, it has as length relapsed into comparative indifference, and settled into the conviction that this Administration is totally incompetent to conduct the war, and that t
n discovered a force of cavalry drawn up in line of battle about King and Queen Court-House. Their strength was unknown, but I at once advanced to the attack, only to discover, however, that they were friends — a portion of the 12th Illinois cavalry who had become separated from the command of Lieut. Col. Davis, of the same regiment. At 10 A. M., on the 7th, I found safety and rest under our own brave flag within our lines at Gloucester Point. Respectfully submitted. J. Kilpatrick. Col. Comd's 1st Brig., 3d Div. Cav. Corps. Arrest of a Lady in Baltimore Miss Fanny C. James, daughter of Mr. John James, whose wife was recently sent South upon the charge of disloyalty, was arrested at her father's residence, in Baltimore, last week, upon the charge of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Her case was investigated by Gen. Schenck, who committed her to Baltimore jail, in order that she may be tried by the civil authorities under the treason act of Maryland. It seemed tha
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