War of the Rebellion: Serial 044 Page 0989 Chapter XXXIX. MOSBY'S OPERATIONS, ETC.

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all the teams, horses, goods, and men that he took at Fairfax Court-House and vicinity last night. Colonel Lowell is in pursuit, and hopes to catch Mosby and his gang.

RUFUS KING,

Brigadier-General.

Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff, Headquarters Defenses.

CENTREVILLE, August 1, 1863.

(Received (. 40 a. m.)

SIR: Colonel Lowell goes to Washington to-day, to report, as ordered. He returned from his expedition last night, bringing in about 20 horses captured from Mosby, and all the prisoners taken by Mosby at Fairfax. The gang scattered in all directions, and thus eluded pursuit.

RUFUS KING,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS,

Centreville, August 1, 1863.

COLONEL: On Thursday afternoon [30th], I casually learned that Mosby, with some 60 or 80 of his band, was moving along the road leading from aldie to this point. I at once dispatched Colonel Lowell, with some 200 of our cavalry, in search of the party. They encountered them at daybreak the next morning within 2 or 3 miles of Aldie. A sharp skirmish followed, when Mosby's men took flight, and scattered in all directions, leaving behind them the wagons, horses, prisoners, and settlers' goods which they had seized the night before at Fairfax Court-House. Everything was recovered that the guerrillas had taken, and they themselves owed their escape to their intimate knowledge of the country. Our cavalry behaved with great spirit.

Very respectfully,

RUFUS KING,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff.

CENTREVILLE, August 4, 1863.

SIR: The cavalry sent out yesterday to look for the guerrillas said to be at or near Fairfax Court-House, have returned to camp. One party moved by Fairfax Station to Burke's Station, and thence to the pike and the Court-House; a second party proceeded by way of Fox Mills to the Court-House; and a third went directly along the pike; all three rendezvousing at the Court-House about 11 a. m. None of them saw more than 2 or 3 guerrillas. The second party heard that a band of 30 or 40, with some 20 mules in their possession, had passed