Tuesday, November 6, 2012

1862 November 7 Amissville 4.20 P.M.

[from the dispatch book of General Alfred Pleasonton]

Hd.Qrs. Cav. Brigade
Amissville Nov. 7 4.20 P.M.
To Colonel .Colburn
     Ass't Adj't Genl
                    I sent a force towards
Little Washington & Sperryville
about a mile & a half from here
they met a cavalry force
of rebels & are now engaged
with them  I have sent them
reinforcements to drive them
off & push thro'--I have
captured one officer of the
Virginia Cavalry & ten privates
of Stuarts command.  I have
also sent a force towards
Jefferson & they have met
the rebel cavalry pickets on
that road & they are skirmishing
  the rebel infantry pickets
towards Culpepper are about
10 miles from here--

[page 2]
  I have sent a copy of
the Richmond enquirer of
the 4th to the General by
Major Hammerstein--
   General Stoneman
today opened on my
pickets from Waterloo--
   He might have saved their
ammunition to advantage

             Very respectfully
               A. Pleasonton
                  Brig. Genl.

One of the Prisoners was overheard
today to say "it will go very
hard with Hill."--Cannon
have opened on my party towards
Little Washington & also on the
Jefferson road--The small
pox is in the town--
                 A. Pleasonton--
                    Brig. Gen

MSS 495 

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