DECEMBER 4, 1861.- Skirmish near Burke's Station, Va.
Report of Colonel George W. Taylor, Third New Jersey Infantry.
FORT WORTH, December 5, 1861.
GENERAL: I have just returned with the little scouting party of fifty that I took yesterday to intercept the enemy's cavalry patrols. Last night about 1 o'clock I encountered them about two miles this side of Burke's Station, on the old Braddock road. The result was that at the first discharge of our pieces, loaded each with fifteen large buckshot, nine or ten saddles were emptied, as about that number of horses were seen to go off riderless and plunge into the swamp ear the road. Four or five of our men being wounded in the melee, our attention was turned exclusively to them, and the night being dark with a dense wood surrounding, we did not wait to look up the enemy's wounded, though there were heard groaning in the swamp when we left. We brought in Orderly Sergt. T. H. Dunham, of Captain Waring's Georgia Hussars. I send his orderly book. His regiment is the Sixth [Virginia], Colonel Field's. Adjutant Dunham and Lieutenant Knight and Sergeant Lamboson were with me, and I take pleasure in commending their good conduct. Being much fatigued, the party having all performed the trip on foot, I beg to be excused for particulars until this afternoon, when the names of the wounded will be given. Captain Campbell reported to me with two companies by your order, at Edsall's Hill, at a little before daybreak, ans was ordered back to camp, not requiring them.
I have the honor to be, respectfully, &c.,
GEO. W. TAYLOR,
Colonel Third Regiment New Jersey Volunteers.
P. S.- I send the orderly sergeant's papers, some of which you will find interesting, especially a private letter.
Report of Captain J. Fred. Waring, Sixth Virginia Cavalry.
CAMP LETCHER, December 7, 1861.
SIR: On the night of the 4th of December I left the picket- lines with a detachment of two officers and twenty- one men on a scouting expedition. When about four miles, fro our lines, on the Braddock road, the advance guard, consisting of two men, found a wire stretched across the road. Owing to that portion of the road being a bog, the main body had caught up to the men in advance. As soon as the latter encountered the obstacles they turned their horses and communicated the fact to me. The words were not out of their mouths before a fire was opened upon us from the front and right, and then taken up by the left. The men, although taken completely by surprise, returned the fire promptly. The fire then opened on both flanks and then in the rear. Seeing the detachment completely surrounded, I gave the order to charge. With a cheer the men dashed forward, and the enemy broke and fled. Halting about fifty yards beyond the line of fire, the wounded and dismounted were picked up. Eight men were missing; out of the sixteen remaining three were wounded, and I saw that it
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