War of the Rebellion: Serial 028 Page 0085 Chapter XXXI. RECONNAISSANCE TO SMITHFIELD, ETC.

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o'clock I received a message from Major Curtis, saying that he was more that half-way to Smithfield, and had met with no opposition. He has this moment returned. The enemy's cavalry now occupy Smithfield. I return at once.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Reconnaissance.

Lieutenant Colonel A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Fifth Corps.

HEADQUARTERS,

Kearneysville, October [17], 1862-3.30* [4] p. m.

We have reached this point without loss, and with no attack, except when leaving Leetown, where they shelled us for nearly a mile.

A Confederate, who came in to nurse (he says) a wounded brother at

Shepherstown, has a pass from Longstreet, who commands the left wing. He is at Bunker Hill.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Brigadier-General.

Major-General PORTER.

HDQRS. TWO AND A HALF MILES FROM SHEPHERDSTOWN,

October[17], 1862-5 p. m.

We have reached this point without molestation. Cavalry skirmishers follow us, and we exchange shots with them. We shall cross the ford to-night. My last dispatch should have been 4 p. m. instead of 3.30.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Brigadier-General.

Major-General PORTER.

HDQRS. ONE AND A HALF MILES FROM SHEPHERDSTOWN.

October [17], 1862-6 p. m.

The enemy follow us with two pieces of artillery and cavalry. We

have been exchanging fire of batteries with them.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Brigadier-General.

Major-General PORTER.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 19, 1862.

COLONEL: I have to report, for the information of the major-general commanding the Fifth Corps, that in compliance with instructions received on the evening of the 15th instant, the command detailed for the reconnaissance in the direction of Kearneysville, Leetown, and Smithfield, moved from the camp, near Sharpsburg, at daylight on the 16th. It consisted of 500 cavalry, under the command of Major G. S. Curtis, First Massachusetts Cavalry; two sections (four rifled guns) of Battery D, Fifth U. S. Artillery, and a section (Napoleons) of the Fifth Massachusetts Battery, the whole commanded by First Lieutenant Charles E. Hazlett, Fifth U. S. Artillery; Buchanan's brigade of United States

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* See Humphreys to Porter, 5 p. m., October [17], following.

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