Tuesday, November 6, 2012

1862 November 7 Amissville 7.30 P.M.

[from the dispatch book of General Alfred Pleasonton]

Hd.Qrs. Cav. Brigade
Amissville Nov. 7 7.30 P.M.
To Colonel A. V.Colburn
     Ass't Adj't Genl
                  The force I sent to
Jefferson has possession of
the town, having driven out
about 200 rebels with one
piece of artillery--part of
them retreated towards Cul=
pepper & part towards
Falmouth--Two wounded
Union soldiers were found
in the town--Also a Pennsyl=
vania contraband, who has
escaped from Stuart--He says
Stuart said today, he was
going to Richmond, that there
was no use trying to stop us
any more-He has some
two thousand cavalry, but

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very few are efficient-
horses broken down &c
Longstreet is at Culpepper-
& Jackson on the other
side of Blue ridge behind
Thornton & Chester Gaps--
He says Longstreet's men were
all around here yesterday--
& he does not think they
are far off now--He says
Jackson, Longstreet & Stuart
made a plan to capture
my command yesterday
at Flint Hill--which
was frustrated by my coming
this way--They have an idea
I have a corps of infantry with
me--this shows the three
are acting together & are not
far apart--The river is
not fordable to night at Waterloo---
but is two miles above at the
             Very respectfully
               A. Pleasonton
                  Brig. Genl.

MSS 495 

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