as to give us no warning of their proximity. They were making ready to cross the ford when warned of our coming.
While no one regrets more than I do the loss we have sustained, I am thankful that it was no worse, and when I consider that with 250 men we encountered an enemy 8,000 strong, and led by three well-known general, Stuart, Fitzhugh Lee, and Hampton, I am astonished that we did not suffer more.
I remain, colonel, yours, respectfully,
Captain, Commanding Detachment Second Pennsylvania Cavalry.
Commanding Second Pennsylvania Cavalry.
Numbers 4. Report of Colonel Percy Wyndham, First New Jersey Cavalry, commanding Cavalry Brigade.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY BRIGADE,
Chantilly, Va., December 30, 1862.
GENERAL: I have the honor to report that, according to a telegram received from you, I started with my whole available force toward Dumfries at 1 p.m., the 28th instant. On arriving at Union Mills, I found that the enemy had crossed the Occoquan at Snyder's Ford, and were marching in the direction of Fairfax Station.
I immediately proceeded to Farmwell with my command, expecting to meet them there. I then halted and sent patrols in all directions to find the whereabouts of the enemy, and it was not until morning that I learned they had crossed the railroad at Burke's Station. Expecting to find them somewhere on the Aldie pike, I marched through Fairfax Court-House, and came up with the enemy this side of Chantilly about 10 a.m., the 29th instant. I pressed them closely as far as Saunders' toll-gate, skirmishing with them, when I obliged them to deploy their force, and found them to number over 3,000 men. I was, therefore, obliged to be careful, as my force did not exceed 500. My advance, however, followed them as far as Pleasant Valley. I placed my pickets as usual, and returned to my old camp at Chantilly, sending all the information to Brigadier-General Stoughton, at Fairfax Court-House.
Very fortunately, while at Union Mills, I foresaw this event, and ordered all my teams, camp equipage, &c., back to Fairfax Court-House, or they would have been captured. I am happy to report that the enemy captured nothing from my command. I have always upheld the importance of Chantilly as a cavalry post, and, had there been a large force here, we could have captured or driven back the enemy. I have also often mentioned the presence of this cavalry force of the enemy at Stafford Springs, with a view to this raid, but, not being in my front, I have never made an official report of it.
Commanding Defenses of Washington.