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OR XLII P1 #237: Reports of Colonel Charles H. Smith, 1st ME Cav, commanding 2/2/Cav/AotP, Sept 19 and Oct 11, 1864

Numbers 237. Reports of Colonel Charles H. Smith, First Maine Cavalry commanding Second Brigade, of operations September 19 and October 11.1

HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, SECOND DIV., CAVALRY CORPS, September 19, 1864.

CAPTAIN: In accordance with instructions from headquarters Second Cavalry Division, a battalion of the First Maine Cavalry, commanded by Captain John A. Heald, left camp at 3.30 o’clock this a. m., and pro-

ceeded via Lee’s Mill to Proctor’s. At Temple’s Shop met a rebel picket whom they charged and drove back to a small reserve between that point and Proctor’s. There a few shots were exchanged, when the party fled, leaving in our possession two carbines, several haversacks, cartridge-boxes, and shelter-tents. They were closely pursued to Proctor’s, where the battalion halted and sent out scouting parties on the different roads in that vicinity, but discovered no enemy.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

Captain H. C. WEIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Division, Cavalry Corps.
HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, SECOND DIV., CAVALRY CORPS, October 13, 1864.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to transmit the following report of reconnaissance made to Stony Creek on night of 11th instant by Major G. F. McCabe, commanding Thirteenth Pennsylvania Calvary:

I moved at 6 p. m. October 11, 1864, on the Jerusalem plank road to Proctor’s house. Left one battalion of 100 men to hold Reams’ Station road, and proceeded with 150 men three miles on the plank road to Stony Creek road, and detailed one company to hold brigade at Jones’ Hole Swamp. Thence proceeded by main road toward Stony Creek. Half a mile north of Rowanty Creek found the enemy’s infantry entrenched. Having accomplished the object of my reconnaissance, by all the information that could be obtained from citizens and prisoners that no new force had arrived at Stony Creek Station, I have the honor to report as a part of results of my reconnaissance the capture of 1 first lieutenant, 12 privates (C. S. Army), 8 horses, 4 mules, saddles and bridles, and burned 2 Government wagons loaded with wool (with harness), it being impossible to bring the wagons in.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

Cap. A. H. BIBBER,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Second Division, Cavalry Corps.


  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 641-642
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