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rt, with Hampton's division, moved on the right of the column. With a portion of his command he attacked the advance of the enemy near James City, on the 10th, and drove them back towards Culpeper. Our main body arrived near that place on the 11th inst., and discovered that the enemy had retreated towards the Rappahannock, ruing or destroying his stores. We were compelled to halt during the rest of the day to provision the troops, but the cavalry, under Gen. Stuart, continued to press the eneorce of Federal cavalry, in the meantime, had crossed the Rapidan after our movement be gun, but was repulsed by Gen. Fitz Lee, and pursued towards Brandy Station. Near that place the commands of Stuart and Lee united, on the afternoon of the 11th, and after a severe engagement drove the enemy's cavalry across the Rappahannock, with heavy loss. On the morning of the 12th, the army marched in two columns, with the design for aching the Orange and Alexandria railroad, north of the river
that river on the 9th inst., and advanced by way of Madison Court House. Our progress was necessarily slow, as the march was by circuitous and concealed roads, in order to avoid the observation of the enemy. Gen. Fitz Lee, with his cavalry division and a detachment of infantry, remained to hold our lines south of the Rapidan; Gen. Stuart, with Hampton's division, moved on the right of the column. With a portion of his command he attacked the advance of the enemy near James City, on the 10th, and drove them back towards Culpeper. Our main body arrived near that place on the 11th inst., and discovered that the enemy had retreated towards the Rappahannock, ruing or destroying his stores. We were compelled to halt during the rest of the day to provision the troops, but the cavalry, under Gen. Stuart, continued to press the enemy's rear guard towards the Rappahannock.--A large force of Federal cavalry, in the meantime, had crossed the Rapidan after our movement be gun, but was repu
recent operations in Northern Virginia: Headq's Army of Northern Va., October 23, 1863. Gen. S. Cooper, A. and I. General: General: In advance of a detailed report, I have the honor to submit, for the information of the Department, the following outline of the recent operations of this army. With the design of bringing on an engagement with the Federal army, which was encamped around Culpeper Court-House, extending thence to the Rapidan, this army crossed that river on the 9th inst., and advanced by way of Madison Court House. Our progress was necessarily slow, as the march was by circuitous and concealed roads, in order to avoid the observation of the enemy. Gen. Fitz Lee, with his cavalry division and a detachment of infantry, remained to hold our lines south of the Rapidan; Gen. Stuart, with Hampton's division, moved on the right of the column. With a portion of his command he attacked the advance of the enemy near James City, on the 10th, and drove them bac
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