War of the Rebellion: Serial 028 Page 0089 Chapter XXXI. RECONNAISSANCE TO SMITHFIELD, ETC.

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[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 23, 1862.

Respectfully forwarded, for the information of the major-general commanding the Army of the Potomac.

General Humphreys accomplished in a most satisfactory manner the object of the expedition, and carried out most judiciously the instructions of the commanding general, and was seconded by every officer of his command.

F. J. PORTER,

Major-General, Commanding.

Numbers 3. Report of General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army,. commanding Army of Northern Virginia.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,

Via Winchester, Va., October 18, 1862.

SIR: The enemy, on the 16th, moved in strong force-infantry, artillery, and cavalry-from Harper's Ferry and the ford below Shepherdstown, on the road to Charlestown and Smithfield, and proceeded to Charlestown and Leetown. Yesterday our cavalry retired, by order, before the enemy.

At 3 p. m. yesterday evening, enemy commenced to return, and last night recrossed the ford below Shepherdstown. Withdrew from Charlestown.

Our cavalry has resumed its original position.

R. E. LEE,

General, Commanding.

Honorable GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War.

Numbers 4. Return of casualties in the Confederate forces in the skirmish near Kearneysville.

Command. Killed. Wounded. Total.

Jackson's DIVISION.

Winder's brigade:

4th Virginia 3 14 17

5th Virginia ........... 5 5

27 Virginia ........... 1 1

Carpenter's battery ........... 1 1

Grant total 3 21 24