War of the Rebellion: Serial 015 Page 0502 Chapter XXIV. OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD.

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was a brave, generous, and attentive soldier. All is quiet now, and no fears are entertained of a surprise.

Very respectfully, yours,

JOSEPH A. MOORE,

First Lieutenant, Commanding Company O, 28th Regiment Pa. Vols.

Brigadier General JOHN W. GEARY.

Numbers 4. Report of Colonel Thomas T. Munford, Second Virginia Cavalry.

WASHINGTON, [May 16, 1862]-8.30 a. m.

GENERAL: I cannot conceive why my dispatches to you have not been received. I have sent two dispatch every day since I left you. The enemy, General Shilds' command, are now at Flint Hill, on the side of the mountain. Yesterday I went to Linden, hearing that they were moving down the Manassas Gap Railroad. A few troops were passing that way. I captured 15, 2 wagons, and 9 horses. The men were elegantly armed. General Shields has about 6,000 infantry, thirty pieces of artillery, and some little cavalry. They are evidently making for Culpeper Court-House. I presume they will leave Flint Hill this morning. Am on my way to see. They are 5 miles off. I heard that the rest of Banks' command were at Strasburg and fortifying. I sent three dispatches to you, and I now send major Pearkin's dispatch on which I predicated my belief that you were on the other side of the mountain, for as soon as they left Luray for Front Royal I sent you a dispatch containing reliable information as to their numbers and their destination, and I crossed the mountain between Chester Gap and Thornton's Gap, and occupied Gchester Gap with a picket. Yesterday they marched over.

I sent a dispatch to General Lee, as you directed me, as soon as I found they were at Front Royal and en route to join McDowell. I will hang on their rear and watch their movements to-day. If I can do nothing, will join you at once. Will send you another dispatch as soon as I can see them this morning.

Very respectfully,

THOMAS. T. MUNFORD,

Colonel, Commanding Second Virginia Cavalry.

Major-General EWELL, Commanding Third Division.