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Chapter 5: Opening of the summer campaign in Virginia. adventure at Verdiersville. the first cavalry. fight at Brandy Station. fight at Cunningham's Ford. heavy artillery. fight between the Hazel and Rappahannock rivers. passage of the latter, and march to Warrenton and Catlett's Station. artillery engagement. recrossing of the Rappahannock. fights at Waterloo Bridge. march to Salem and Bristow Station. capture of the large Federal supply-depots. fight at Manassas plai
was to be made in the direction of Wellford's Ford on the Rappahannock, to divert the attention of the Federals, and facilitate the daring raid we were afterwards to undertake.
Accordingly, we marched about five miles northward, crossed the Hazel river, a tributary of the Rappahannock, and arrived about eight o'clock at Wellford's Ford, where the opposite banks of the latter stream were occupied by the Yankees in great numbers.
The enemy's artillery was soon engaged in a brisk duel with our