exceedingly discreditable, but sometimes unavoidable; not only calculated to embolden the enemy, but dispirit our men.
I am, colonel, your obedient servant,
CHARLES F. TAGGART,
Major, Commanding Post.
Colonel R. BUTLER PRICE,
Commanding Cavalry Brigade.
Numbers 2. Report of Captain John S. Mosby, Virginia Cavalry.
NEAR PIEDMONT, VA.,
March 18, 1863.
GENERAL: Yesterday I attacked a body of the enemy's cavalry at Herndon Station, in Fairfax County, completely routing them. I brought off 25 prisoners-a major (Wells), 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, and 21 men, all their arms, 26 horses and equipments. One, severely wounded, was left on the ground. The enemy pursued me in force but, were checked by my rear guard, and gave up the pursuit. My loss was nothing.
The enemy have moved their cavalry from Germantown back of Fairfax Court-House, on the Alexandria pike.
In this affair my officers and men behaved splendidly.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. S. MOSBY,
Major General J. E. B. STUART.
HEADQUARTERS LEE'S CAVALRY BRIGADE,
March 20, 1863.
Respectfully forwarded. Such performances need no comment. The soldiers were paroled. The officers will be sent to Richmond.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,
March 21, 1863.
Respectfully forwarded, and attention called to this latest achievement of Captain Mosby.
In absence of General Stuart, and by command.
R. CHANNING PRICE,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
March 21, 1863.
Respectfully forwarded for the information of the Department, and as an evidence of the merit and continued success of Captain Mosby.
R. E. LEE,