Saturday, November 3, 2012

1862 November 4 Piedmont 5.45 P.M.

[from the dispatch book of General Alfred Pleasonton]

Hd. Qrs. Cav: Brigade
Piedmont,  Nov 4 5.45 P.M.
To General McClellan
       Colonel Colburn's dispatch
from Ashby's Gap rec'd.--I
send a staff officer for
orders, as directed-
            Averell's command
is I fear a good deal crippled
from his report- He does
not give me his killed &
wounded-- but tells me
one of his squadrons was
overwhelmed by superior
numbers- I have now
two squadrons on the
road to Chester Gap-
and shall soon hear from them
From what Averell says,
I am satisfied no one
but Stuart has been

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in Manassas Gap--
 Averell talks of pursuing
him, but I shall halt
him until your orders
are rec'd, & strengthen
me at Chester Gap--
       From what I hear
General, I would advise
to push the infantry
forward as fast as
possible as the enemy
have a good start.

                I am general  very respectfully
                                 A. Pleasonton
                                 Brig. General

MSS 495

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