War of the Rebellion: Serial 028 Page 0105 Chapter XXXI. OPERATIONS IN LOUDOUN COUNTY, ETC.

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It is reported that A. P. Hill is near Snickersville with a force, and has proclaimed martial law. A Union mad told me the rebel army at Winchester was in a miserable condition.

Very respectfully,

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General,&c.

Brigadier General R. B. MARCY.

OCTOBER 27, 1862 - 1.15 p. m.

GENERAL: Your dispatch of this date * is just received. I am now within 4 miles of Purcellville, and think it best to proceed on than to turn back to my old camp.

I shall send you word this evening if there is any force in the vicinity of Snickersville. Everything is quiet, as far as I can learn.

Would it not be well to inform me of the whereabouts of Sigel's troops and of others I may come in contact with?

Very respectfully,

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General, &c.

Brigadier General R. B. MARCY.

PURCELLVILLE, October 27, 1862 - 1.30 p. m.

GENERAL: My advance drove some rebel cavalry pickets out of this place, and find a small force some 2 1/2 miles from this on the road to Snickersville. I have sent the Eighth New York, Colonel Davis, to see what they have and what force there is at Snickersville.

I am inclined to believe it is only a small cavalry force, and that they have nothing of any consequence on this side of the Shenandoah.

Shall I send for my wagons? Rations are out to-morrow.

Very respectfully,

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General.

General MARCY.

PURCELLVILLE, October 27, 1862 - 4 p. m.

The two squadrons of Sixth Cavalry I sent out this morning now occupy Hillsborough, having had a skirmish with the rebels and lost a corporal, taken prisoner by his horse falling.

It is reported that Munford is at Snickersville, with infantry, cavalry, and artillery, I shall soon know.

Very respectfully,

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General, &c.

General MARCY.

PURCELLVILLE, October 27, 1862 - 7 p. m.

Colonel Davis, Eighth New York, reports having driven the enemy through Snickersville, and that his advance was fired on from the gap, and he lost 1 man killed and 5 horses by the bursting of a shell. The

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