War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0820 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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RAPPAHANNOCK, August 1, 1863-6 o'clock.

Brigadier-General Waren,

Chief Engineer:

Some of General Buford's dismounted cavalry have been passed over the river in boats. Shall I build the bridge?

G. H. Mendell,

Captain of Engineers.


August 1, 1863-6. 30 a. m.

Captain Mendell,

Rappahannock Station:

It is the design to put the bridge across at Rappahannock Bridge as soon as the enemy leave the opposite side, which it this supposed they will do as soon as the cavalry are across at Kelly's Ford. If the enemy has left, lay the bridge at once. Inform General Buford that the bridge is laid below.

G. K. Warren.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS. August 1, 1863-7 a. m.

Brigadier-General Buford,

Commanding First Cavalry Division:

Your orders intended yo to cross at Kelly's Ford; the bridge is all ready for you at that point. Lose no time in doing so. Send your dispatches to these headquarters.

A. Pleasonton,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION, Rappahannock Station, Va., August 1, 1863-8. 15 a. m.

Major-General Pleasonton,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

Your dispatch is just received. The command is halted. I will cross at Rappahannock Station as soon as the bridge is laid.


Brigadier-General, Commanding First Cavalry Division.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, Cavalry Corps, August 1, 1863-10 a. m.

Colonel C. Ross Smith,

Acting Chief of Staff, Calvary Corps:

Colonel: My pickets at Gaines' Cross' Roads and Newly's Cross-Roads on the right are confronted by pickets of the enemy. A prisoner taken this morning reports Jenkins' brigade near Little Washington. The pickets at the Cross-Roads are from this brigade. At the Rixeyville crossing of the river, the enemy has two guns in position. These command the crossing and the road. Since the return of the reconnoitering party from Little Washington, the enemy has strengthened his pickets. This morning my pickets were pushed