J. Hotchkiss The Battle Fields of Virginia

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The Battle Fields of Virginia

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1867. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. No. 1. "Headquarters, Army Op The Potomac, "Camp Near Falmouth, Virginia, April 12, 1863. "Commanding Officeb, Cavalry Corps: "I am directed by the Major-General commanding, to inform you that you will march at seven o'clock, A. M., on the 13th instant, with all your available force, except one brigade, for the purpose of turning the enemy's position on his left, and of throwing your command between him and Richmond, isolating him from his supplies, checking his retreat, and inflicting on him every possible injury which will tend to his discomfiture and defeat. "To accomplish this, the General suggests that you ascend the Rappahannock by the different routes, keeping well out of view of the enemy, and throwing out well to the front and flank small parties to mask your movement and to cut off all communication with the enemy by the people in their interest living on this side of the river. To divert suspicion, it may not be amiss to have word given out that you are in pursuit of Jones' guerillas, as they are operating extensively in the Shenandoah Valley, in the direction of Winchester. He further suggests that you select for your place of crossing the Rappahannock, some point to the west of the Alexandria and Orange Railroad, which can only be determined by the circumstances as they are found on the arrival of your advance. "In the vicinity of Culpeper, you will be likely to run against Fitzhugh Lee's brigade of cavalry, consisting of about two thousand men, which it is expected you will be able to disperse or destroy without delay to your advance, or detriment to any considerable number of your command. "At Gordonsville the enemy have a small provost guard of infantry, which it is expected you will destroy if it can be done without delaying y...

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