Sunday, November 4, 2012

1862 November 5 near Sandy Hook 6.30 P.M.

[from the dispatch book of General Alfred Pleasonton]

Hd. Qrs. Cav: Brigade
Camp near Sandy Hook Nov 5.
                                     6.30. P.M.
To Colonel Colburn
                     Your dispatch of
3.50 P.M. rec'd--Averell
has been holding on to
the Manassas with a section
of Artillery & three squadrons
the rest of his command
is with me--A scout has
just returned from Chester
Gap & reports nothing
there--In the houses ahead
of us are a number of
wounded from today's fight
among them one Captain
13 Virginia cav. mortally
wounded--five more wounded
rebels have turned up in our
drives & several dead
rebels were found by the

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scouting party on the road
to the Gap---
           If the General wishes
me to keep on from here
towards Flint Hill & Cul-
pepper--Bayard ought
to go towards Warrenton--
Should he & I both
strike that way we might
make a good thing--
Stuart & Hampton
last night slept in the room from
which I am now writing--
    I send this by an
Aid, as directed--
                      Very respectfully
                      A. Pleasonton
                     Brig. General

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                                8. P.M.
A citizen of Sandy Hook
has just informed me that
Longstreet Corps passed here on
Thursday last--that
he (himself) was at Front
Royal yesterday & saw
Hill's corps there, did not
know which Hill--& that
their Corps was to pass Chester
Gap to day, but did not
come through--that he had
heard they had gone to
Smoketown--He says there is
some infantry--four guns
in the gap--did not know
of any more troops in this
vicinity--I shall look
out for them tomorrow
                      A. Pleasonton
MSS 495

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