Wednesday, October 31, 2012

1862 November 1 Philomont 7 P.M.

 [from the dispatch book of General Alfred Pleasonton]

Hd. Qrs. Cav. Brigade
 Philomont  Nov 1. 7. P.M.
To General R B Marcy
       Chief of Staff
     A brigade of infantry
with a battery has reported
to me from the cross roads
four mile in rear of this--
as they have made a long
march today--sixteen
miles, I have directed them
to remain where they are
for the night & to move
on in the morning--
    As soon as they ar-
rive I shall push with
my whole force to Union
& scout toward Upperville
    If Bayard comes
up tomorrow we may
be able to some good
work in clearing the

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the country to Upperville
  Should Couch attach
at Snickersville Stuart mu
must make for Ashby
& push a force to Bloomfield
to try & intercept him--
   My scouts were as far
as Aldie today & there were
no rebels there--
               There's an ugly
report about here that
Stuart captured some 200
hundred of the [word heavily lined through]  Rhode
Island cavalry yesterday
but I have nothing authentic
except the Captain was
killed--This position is very
strong--Very respectfully
                    A. Pleasonton
                      Brig. Genl

MSS 495

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