War of the Rebellion: Serial 028 Page 0118 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XXXI.

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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY BRIGADE, ON THE ROAD NEAR CHESTER GAP,

November 6, [1862] - 11.15 a. m.

COLONEL: The enemy have their guns planted in this gap, and a discharged man tells me that Jackson is there, with his force, to defend it. I think likely, and I am trying to get some roundabout road to my destination. We have found 36 dead rebels from yesterday's fight. Stuart told his men he intended to bag us, as he had his whole force. On the retreat they said we had too many infantry for them. The rebels made three different charges, and were repulsed in all.

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General.

Colonel A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,

Amissville, November 8, 1862 - 6.30 a. m.

GENERAL: Your dispatch of 10.15 p. m. * is received. It would be well for you to push a brigade of infantry to this point, to hold for the present, with orders to assist me, if I should need it. I shall move at 8 a. m. toward Thornton's Gap, to cut off all the rebels I can. My position to-night will be at Newby's Cross-Roads. Until the bridge is rebuilt at Waterloo, the troops coming this way must cross at Gaskins' Mill. Please communicate this to General Burnside, and oblige

Yours,

PLEASONTON.

General O. B. WILLCOX,

Commanding Ninth Army Corps.

P. S. - Please let me know where your headquarters will be, and I will send you the news; also where general headquarters are.

CULPEPER AND CHESTER GAP ROAD,

November 8, 1862 - 11.30 a. m.

GENERAL: I have found another gun abandoned by Stuart's cavalry. The carriage they burnt up, but the caisson is all right. This makes the third gun taken this morning. The caisson is full of 6-pounder ammunition, and the gun is a 12-pounder iron. I hear that Stuart's command is about played out. I captured an infantryman this morning, belonging to Seventh [Fifth] Texas Regiment. He says they intend to fight at Culpeper.

Very respectfully,

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General.

General BURNSIDE.

NEWBY'S CROSS-ROADS, November 8, 1862 - 4 p. m.

GENERAL: Have reached this point, and find that the rebels have been making use of this road to pass to Culpeper. I drove some

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