I confess that on this occasion I had not taken sufficient precautions to guard against surprise. It was 10 [o'clock] at night when I reached the place where the fight came off on the succeeding day. We had ridden through snow and upward of 40 miles, and both men and horses were nearly broken down; besides, the enemy had fallen back a distance of about 18 miles.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. S. MOSBY,
Major General J. E. B. STUART.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,
April 11, 1863.
Respectfully forwarded as in perfect keeping with his other brilliant achievements. Recommended for promotion.
J. E. B. STUART,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
April 13, 1863.
Respectfully forwarded for the information of the Department. Telegraphic reports already sent in.
R. E. LEE,
ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,
April 18, 1863.
Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War.
H. L. CLAY,
APRIL 22, 1863.
ADJUTANT-GENERAL: Nominate as major if it has not been previously done.
J. A. S. [SEDDON,]
MARCH 25-29, 1863. - Expedition from Belle Plain into Westmoreland County, Va.
Abstract from "Record of Events," Fourth Brigade, First Division, First Army Corps, Brigadier General Solomon Meredith, U. S. Army commanding.
In compliance with orders from General Wadsworth, commanding First Division, an expedition, composed of nearly the available strength of the Second Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers to wit 26, commissioned officers and 241 enlisted men, with a squad of 20 cavalry, all under the command of Colonel Fairchild, of the Second Wisconsin, embarked on board the steamer W. W. Frasier, at Belle Plain Landing, at 4 p.m. of March 25.
Steamed down the Potomac about 60 miles, and came to anchor at daylight of the 26t. Disembarked the troops in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Remained near the placed of debarkation about three hours,