Thursday, November 1, 2012

1862 November 2 1 mile from Union 3.30 P.M.

[from the dispatch book of General Alfred Pleasonton]

Hd. Qrs. Cav Brigade
1 mile from Union Nov 3.30 P.M.
General R. B. Marcy
    Chief of Staff
  General
                Please send direct
that Penningtons Battery be furnished
with one thousand rounds of
ammunition as soon as possible-
He is nearly out--Stuart
brought up a fresh battery
this afternoon & we had consid=
erable firing before he drew
off--the caisson that
exploded was full of am
munition--& they were com=
pelled to leave the hind part
of the caisson on the field--
      I have had two men killed
& two wounded & four or five
horses knocked over--Union
is deserted almost of its people--
One old fellow told us he
was Union but that if

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we administered the oath of
allegiance to him, it must be
done very quietly--He said
Stuart had 4000 cavalry but
I think he saw double--
      We have taken at least
ten of Stuart's wounded he
has left behind--

          Very respectfully
           A. Pleasonton
            Brig. Genl.

I shall camp near here to
await Pennington's ammunition
please hurry it up--I
expect Averell to join me
soon--


MSS 495

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