Saturday, November 17, 2012

1862 November 18 one mile east of Bealton 3.30 P.M.

[from the dispatch book of General Alfred Pleasonton]

Hd. Qrs. Cavalry Division
one mile east of Bealton
Nov 18. 3.30 P.M.
To Lieut Colonel Dickinson
Asst: Adjt Gen'l
Centre Grand Division

Colonel-
                 On my arrival at
Bealton, Gen. Bayard informed
me I was to relieve his command
at Rappahannock Station
in guarding the fords in that vi=
cinity-I accordingly sent one
regiment the 8th New York to
do that duty & cover the river
road as far as Morrisville--
              My pickets at the different
fords report the enemy's pickets
on the opposite side of the river but
in rear none of the enemy have
been seen since the skirmish
yesterday at Waterloo & on the
road to Orleans--
                            I have directed
General Averill to cover the
5th Corps with his brigade, on

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both the roads it was to follow
as far as Hartwood--
         My command is very
much in need of forage--
None having been furnished by
the Government for several days
& the country we are passing
thro' is pretty well cleaned
out--
           I am Colonel, very respectfully
             Your Obt. Servt:
                    A. Pleasonton
                     Brig: General
                      Comdg. Cav: Division

     

MSS 495

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