Enemy's loss as follows: four Privates killed, and Lieutenant Colonel John Shac Green and 13 non-commissioned officers and privates wounded and taken prisoner.
Lieutenant-Colonel Green was too severely wounded (three saber cuts in his head) to bring, in and was paroled after received the opinion of Brigade-Surgeon Johnson. Many others were wounded slightly, but escaped.
The officers and men engaged all behaved with great coolness and courage, receiving a volley at short range, but dashing in with the sabers, without the least faltering.
The officers in front, Lieutenant-Colonel Preston, Captain Perkins, Captain Erhardt, Lieutenant Adams, Captain Flint, and Lieutenant Cummings, commanding skirmishers, deserve great praise for their conduct.
On the return, 2 commissioned officers (sick in hospital) and 148 enlisted men, found at Middleburg and Aldie, most of whom were sick or wounded, were paroled. A captain of the Twenty-second New York was found in a hospital at Middleburg, wounded. He was brought back and sent on to Washington. He had not been paroled.
The two guides sent me by General Banks I found to be energetic and reliable men, having a thorough knowledge of the country and its inhabitants.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. BUTLER PRICE,
Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Brigade.
Lieutenant Colonel CHAUNCEY McKEEVER,
Asst. Adjt. General, Hdgrs. Third Army Corps.
HDQRS. DEFENSES WASHINGTON SOUTH OF THE POTOMAC,
Arlington, Va., September 27, 1862.
A report of a gallant affair, respectfully forwarded.
S. P. HEINTZELMAN,
SEPTEMBER 25, 1862.- Reconnaissance from Shepherdstown, W. Va.
Report of Major General George B. McClellan, U. S. Army, commanding Army of the Potomac.
NEAR SHARPSBURG, MD.,
September 26, 1862.
A cavalry reconnaissance made yesterday in the direction of Martinsburg from Shepherdstown, found the enemy in force encamped 2 miles out from Shepherdstown. One lieutenant-colonel, Thirty-fifth Virginia Volunteers, was captured, and 1 lieutenant, Fifth Virginia Cavalry, also. I go to Harper's Ferry this morning to look into the condition of things there.
GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,