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o Warrenton Junction by the second of November. At this period I submitted to the General-in-Chief the project of seizing by a prompt movement the heights of Fredericksburgh, and transferring the base of operations to the Fredericksburgh Railroad. This not meeting the approval of the General-in-Chief, on the fourth of November thn inspection of the map will show that all the roads in this part of the country run nearly east and west, connecting Gordonsville and Orange Court-House with Fredericksburgh; whereas, in moving in around the enemy I should have to take a southerly direction, and would be obliged to make roads across the country, not only the work determined to withdraw the army. But for the restrictions imposed upon me by the General-in-Chief, I should in retiring have taken up a position in front of Fredericksburgh, and I cannot but think that substantial advantages would have resulted from such a disposition of the army. I am free to admit that the movement across th
ond. The enemy also appeared in force at Fredericksburgh and threatened the railroad from Gordonsvused the expedition to return in haste to Fredericksburgh, and General Stuart retired with the losse, from North-Carolina, which had reached Fredericksburgh, was reported to have moved up the Rappahry, was sent to reinforce the garrison at Fredericksburgh. On the seventeenth, it was ascertained rage, than was evinced by the citizens of Fredericksburgh. They cheerfully incurred great hardshipaid-de-camp, Major Talcott. The plain of Fredericksburgh is so completely commanded by the Stafforlarge quantity of ammunition was found in Fredericksburgh. The extent of our casualties will appeadied to obtain. The troops displayed, at Fredericksburgh, in a high degree, the spirit and courageh Virginia cavalry,Fitz Lee's,Stuart's,123Fredericksburgh, December. 15th and 9th Virginia cavalry,W. H. F. Lee,Stuart's, 99Fredericksburgh, December. Harvey's artillery,W. H. F. Lee,Stuart's, 66F[18 more...]
wing. When I joined his army, under Major-General Ewell, the 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 rail
General Robertson, near Harrisonburgh — Whiting's division, then near Staunton, and Ewell's and Jackson's near Weyer's Cave, Augusta County, Virginia--moved toward Richmond. Lawton's brigade, subsequently of Jackson's division, being part at Staunton and part near Weyer's Cave, moved with the troops nearest their positions. Subsequently Colonel Munford, with his cavalry, marched in the same direction. On the twenty-fifth of June, we reached the vicinity of Ashland, on the Richmond, Fredericksburgh, and Potomac Railroad, about twelve miles from Richmond. The division of Brigadier-General Whiting embraced the Texas brigade, General Hood; the Third brigade, Colonel Law commanding, with the batteries of Rielly and Balthis. The division of Major-General Ewell, the Fourth brigade, General Elzey; the Seventh brigade, General Trimble; and the Eighth brigade, Colonel L. G. Seymour; and the Maryland line, Colonel Bradley T. Johnson, with the batteries of Brockenbrough, Carrington, and