SERIES I--VOLUME XXXVII/1 [S# 70]
CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING SPECIALLY TO OPERATIONS
IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, AND PENNSYLVANIA,
MAY 1 TO JUNE 30, 1864.--#3
FAIRFIELD, VA., June 12, 1864--11 p.m.
Gen. J. C. BRECKINRIDGE, Rockfish Gap:
The enemy are now at Lexington, camped; not moving to-day. They burned
the Institute this morning. They have thirty-six pieces of artillery,
so the citizens say. I am now ten miles from Lexington. I send this
by two of McCausland's men, who bear a message to you from that officer.
Several furnaces have been burned on the river. Nothing from the
enemy's cavalry, which crossed the mountain. General Imboden has
communicated with you ere this. I sent you a
dispatch this morning.
We chased three of their scouts this evening
dressed in gray. Got one of their horses; the rider got to the mountains.*
didn't know it, but he had the other two scouts. One of them, Arch Rowand,
this message to carry on to Breckinridge.
MILES NORTH OF LEXINGTON,
June 13, 1864--12 m,
Commanding Valley District:
The enemy are camped around Lexington with their entire force of
infantry and artillery; some on the Lynchburg road, and a considerable
portion to the west of the town. One regiment on the Staunton road,
apparently on picket. They are resting quietly very near the town.
Citizens say they are very uneasy. The cavalry which crossed the
mountain has not been heard from. But few cavalry at Lexington. I
sent you a dispatch last night by one of McCausland's couriers. Their
pickets are one mile from town. Let me know what else I can do. Any
further facts will be promptly communicated to you.