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OR XLII P1 #241: Report of Colonel Michael Kerwin, 13th PA Cav, November 28, 1864

Numbers 241. Report of Colonel Michael Kerwin, Thirteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, of operations November 28.1


CAPTAIN: I have the honor to make the following report of a scout made to Rowanty Creek:

The regiment was in readiness to mount at early daylight in pursuance of orders, but owing to the non-appearance of staff officer form General Meade’s headquarters was detained until 8 a. m. It then moved on the Lee’s Mill road to that place, finding the planks taken from the bridge. These were replaced, and the regiment proceeded to Proctor’s house, where a vedette of the enemy was found and a squadron left to hold the road. Thence taking the Jerusalem plank road to the Stony Creek road it proceeded to Dunn’s house, where another vedette of the enemy was found and driven in. The reserve of this vedette appeared to be toward Salem Church. The command then moved to Rowanty Creek, where the main reserve of the enemy was found. The information obtained was that the only force at Stony Creek Station

is a portion of Hampton’s dismounted cavalry, with two pieces of artillery, a mounted picket reserve at Rowanty Creek, and vedettes as far as Proctor’s house on the plank road. The command then returned to camp by the same route, bringing in 2 prisoners, 13 contrabands, 22 mules, 5 horses, 6 wagons loaded with wheat, &c., and 2 carts.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel, Commanding Regiment.

Captain J. B. MAINLAND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Cavalry Brigade.


  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 644-645
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