War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0567 Chapter XLI. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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do so, have gone in the direction of Centreville, with the view probably of operating on our rear. Colonel Lowell, wiht all the cavalry at command,is after them. Rosser is reported to have about 1,000 men and no artillery. The general directs that you be on the lookout for General Rosser, and if possible intercept him.

Answer.

C. ROSS SMITH,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, December 18, 1863.

Colonel JOHN P. TAYLOR,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

It is reported that Rosser's brigade, Stuart's cavalry, 800 strong, struck the Orange line of railroad at Sangster's last night at 8 o'clock. they cut the wires and set fire to two bridges on Pope's Run. The general commanding directs that you notify your brigade at Warrenton to keep a good lookout toward Salem and New Market, as the enemy are reported to have gone in that direction toward the Blue Ridge, and if they come within reach your brigade at Warrenton, tell it to "pitch into" them and whip them, as their horses will be tired out. Have your whole command on the lookout, as they may try another point. Please answer when your receive this.

Very respectfully,

C. ROSS SMITH,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Chief of Staff.

BEALETON, Decemberr 18, 1863.

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH:

Dispatch received. I have ordered two regiments from this brigade to re-enforce brigade at Warrenton, and brigade at that place to send strong reconnaissance to Salem, and New Market. All quiet and nothing new.

J. P. TAYLOR,

Commanding Second Division Cavalry.

WARRENTON, December 18, 1863.

Captain H. C. WEIR:

I have the honor to inform you that the officer in command of the scouting party sent out this afternoon has returned, and reports having been to New Baltimore, and found no signs of any force of the enemy. I have sent two regiments to Salem as directed.

Respectfully,

D. GARDNER,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Brigade.