War of the Rebellion: Serial 043 Page 1050 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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WAITING AT THIS PLACE DURING TEN MINUTES FOR THE TWO SQUADRONS ON MY RIGHT AND LEFT TO MAKE THEIR JUNCTION WITH ME; THEN I PROCEEDED FROM JEFFERSON TO RIXEYVILLE, SENDING A SMALL PARTY TO CAPTURE THE ENEMY'S PICKETS, HAVING BEEN INFORMED THAT THE ENEMY WERE PICKETING AESTHAM RIVER. I SUCCEEDED IN CAPTURING 2 OF THEM. CROSSING ALL THE FORDS WITH OPPOSITION, I ARRIVED AT MUDDY RUN WITH MY COMMAND. I FORMED A LINE OF BATTLE, CONCEALING MY OWN FORCES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. DURING THIS TIME THE FIRST MASSACHUSETTS CAVALRY WAS SENT TO MAKE A DEMONSTRATION ON CULPEPER IN ORDER TO OBLIGE THE ENEMY TO COME OUT. THIS REGIMENT WENT TO WITHIN 4 MILES OF THE TOWN WITHOUT MEETING ANY FORCE OF THE ENEMY. AS IT WAS LATE IN THE EVENING AND MY HORSES TIRED, I WAS OBLIGED TO RETURN TO CAMP, DIVIDING MY FORCES IN FOUR COLUMNS, ONE TO CROSS AT FREEMAN'S FORD, ONE AT FOX'S FORD, ONE AT THOMPSON'S FORD, AND THE OTHER AT SULPHUR SPRINGS, WHERE FOUR PIECES OF ARTILLERY WERE LEFT TO PROTECT MY RECROSSING IN CASE OF A RETREAT. THE ENEMY DID NOT FOLLOW. DURING THIS RECONNAISSANCE I HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: THERE IS NO ENEMY AT ALL BETWEEN SULPHUR SPRINGS AND AESTHAM RIVER, WHICH WAS ASCERTAINED BY MY RECONNAISSANCE. THE ENEMY IS PICKETING AESTHAM RIVER. HIS PICKETS DO NOT ALLOW ANY CITIZENS TO CROSS, MOTIVE FOR WHICH I COULD NOT ASCERTAIN. THERE WERE TWO BRIGADES OF CAVALRY AT CULPEPER, COMMANDED BY FITZHUGH AND W. H. F. LEE. THEIR REGIMENTS ARE VERY WEAK. THERE IS ALSO AT CULPEPER TWO COMPANIES OF INFANTRY, AND THE GENERAL IDEA IS THAT THE TROOPS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY. THE BRIGADE OF FITZHUGH LEE IS COMPOSED AS FOLLOWS: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, AND FIFTH VIRGINIA CAVALRY. JONES' BRIGADE IS IN THE VALLEY AT HARRISONBURG, THE SIXTH, SEVENTH, ELEVENTH, AND TWELFTH VIRGINIA CAVALRY, WITH 400 INFANTRY.

CAPTURES: 2 PRISONERS, 4 HORSES.

NO LOSS IN THE DIVISION.

VERY RESPECTFULLY,

A. N. DUFFIE,

COLONEL, COMMANDING SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION.

Captain A. J. COHEN,

ASST. ADJT. GENERAL, SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION.

REPORT OF Colonel JOHN B. MCINTOSH, THIRD PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY, COMMANDING FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

NEAR AMISSVILLE, AUGUST 4, 1863.

CAPTAIN: I HAVE THE HONOR TO REPORT THAT, IN OBEDIENCE TO ORDERS FROM BRIGADIER-GENERAL GREGG, I MOVED WITH MY BRIGADE AT 1 P. M., JULY 3, 1863, TO RELIEVE BRIGADIER-GENERAL CUSTER'S BRIGADE, WHICH WAS AT THAT TIME POSTED ABOUT 4 MILES FROM GETTYSBURG AND NEAR THE ROAD LEADING FROM HANOVER TO THE FORMER PLACE. HEARING THAT THE ENEMY WERE ADVANCING FROM THREE DIRECTIONS, I IMMEDIATELY PLACED THE FIRST NEW JERSEY CAVALRY, UNDER COMMAND OF MAJOR BEAUMONT, WELL TO THE RIGHT OF THE ROAD LEADING TO GETTYSBURG AND FACING A BELT OF WOODS ON A RIDGE OVERLOOKING THE TOWN, WHEN THEY BECAME IMMEDIATELY ENGAGED. FINDING THE ENEMY COMING DOWN IN A PRETTY STRONG FORCE FROM THE WOODS ABOVE ALLUDED TO,