Thursday, November 8, 2012

1862 November 9 Cowin's Cross Roads 1.45 P.M.

[from the dispatch book of General Alfred  Pleasonton]

Hd.Qrs. Cavalry Division
Cowin's X roads  Nov 9. 1.45 P.m
To Major General Parke
    Chief of Staff--
                 A young man who
left Culpepper day before yesterday
at 12 M. has just come in-
he is running away to avoid
the conscription--He says there
is a large force at Culpepper
thinks about 40 or 50 000 men
the most of them encamped
the other side of the town--
Heard Longstreet was there--
Saw three battalions of artillery
thinks there were some fifty pieces
but this was not all they had-
Saw good numbers of
wagons--soldiers miserably
clad & nothing but beef
& flour without salt--
Soldiers want to stop fighting

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& said there would be
no battle this fall unless
we brought it on--Army
without tents--I shall send
him to Hd Qrs--Another
citizen has been brought in
from Hazel river, nine
miles from Culpepper, says
a negro told him he heard
Stuart's cavalry had orders
to leave from there this
              Forage is becoming
rather scarce in these parts--
                 Very respectfully
                   General Morris
                       A. Pleasonton
                         Brig. Genl.
                          Com'dg Division

Genl Averell is sick & by the
advice of his Dr has gone to

MSS 945

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