Friday, November 16, 2012

1862 November 17 Cavalry Division Headquarters 11.30 A.M.

[from the dispatch book of General Alfred Pleasonton]
Hd. Qrs. Cavalry Division
Nov 17. 11.30 a.m.
To Lieut Colonel Dickinson
Asst: Adjt Gen'l
Centre Grand Division

Colonel- A contraband just in
who left Strasburg last Thursday,
states that D.H. Hill corps was
two miles beyond that place on the
railroad to Mount Jackson--Hill
was tearing up the road & destroying
the bridges out The rebels thought
we intended following them in that
valley--D.H. Hill was en route
to Staunton--Jacksons corps was
between Strasburg & Wincheser--
Ewell & A.P. Hill were with
Jackson--Provisions were scarce,
& the rebels were obliged to move to
get them--
              My pickets on the Orleans
road have been attacked this morning
by Stuarts cavalry--I have sent
out reinforcements--they have also

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attacked me on the Waterloo road-
nothing serious however--No
enemy in sight at Sulphur Springs-
I have sent half a regiment to
Fayetteville to guard the fords-
  Averill's brigade will cover the
road behind the 5th corps in the direction
of Warrenton junction--The
2nd brigade will take the Fayette=
ville road--I shall move with
this latter brigade--My Hd. Qrs.
tonight will be near the junction
with the Warrenton junction road--
                    Very respectfully
                      A. Pleasonton
                      Brigadier General
                      Comdg Division

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