War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0350 Chapter XLIX. OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA.

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Numbers 81. Reports of Major Harry W. Gilmor, Second Maryland Battalion Cavalry (Confederate), of operations July 3.



July 3, 1864.

GENERAL: I advanced with my command this morning through Bunker Hill nearly to Darkesville. I met the enemy's cavalry in strong force and have been skirmishing with them, but have been unable to drive them. I have fallen back one mile this side of Bunker Hill. Would like to have 100 sharpshooters to support me.

By order of Major H. W. Gilmor, commanding:


Acting Adjutant.


Numbers 82. Report of Major General John B. Gordon, C. S. Army, of battle of the Monocacy.


July 22, 1864.

MAJOR: In accordance with orders from corps headquarters, I have the honor to submit the following report:

About 2.30 p. m. July 9 I was ordered by Major-General Breckinridge, commanding corps, to move my division to the right and cross the Monocacy about one mile below the bridge and ford on the Georgetown pike, which were then held by the enemy.

On reaching the river I directed my brigade commanders to cross as rapidly as possible, and then to file to the left in the direction of the enemy's line, and I rode to the front in order to reconnoiter the enemy's position. I found that Brigadier-General McCausland's cavalry brigade (dismounted) had been driven back by superior numbers, and that the enemy was posted along the line of a fence on the crest of the ridge running obliquely to the river. In his front lay an open field, which was commanded by his artillery and small-arms to the extent of their range, while in his rear ran a valley nearly parallel with the general direction of his line of battle. In this valley I discovered from a wooded eminence in front