Monday, November 19, 2012

1862 November 20 Deep Run 8. A.M.

    Hd.Qrs. Cavalry Division
                   Deep Run, Nov 20. 8. A..M.
To  Major General Parke
            Chief of Staff
                 Your dispatch of yesterday
just rec'd--My pickets are now
as high as Kemper's Ford, with
the road to Kelly's ford picketed---
I have one regiment & a section
of artillery at Morrissville, some
five miles from here covering
the extreme rear & supporting the
reserves at the upper fords--
  I have directed General
Averill, who is on the other road
to picket the Catletts, Brentville
& Dumfries roads-
             My Head Quarters are
on the west side of Deep Run
four miles from Hartwood on
the Bealeton road--
                     The enemy has not
been seen on the Bealeton

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since they attacked the 6th
Cavalry at Sulphur Springs-
two days ago--Their pickets are
observed at the different fords
on the opposite side-
                  I find there are two classes
of white people in this country, the
poor class & the wealthy or aristocra=
tic class--the poor ones are very
bitter against the others, charge
them with bringing on the war &
are always willing to show where
the rich ones have hid their grain
fodder, horses &c--Many of them
tell me it is a great satisfaction
to them to see us help ourselves
from the rich stores of their
neighbors--In one house I found
seven women & a lot of children
but no men, the husbands of
the seven were in the Southern
army, had been drafted so they
said--  Very respectfully
                       A. Pleasonton
                             Brig. General
                                   Comdg Cav: Division

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