Friday, November 25, 2011

NEW YORK, April 5 [1862].

A special dispatch to the Philadelphia Inquirer, dated Middlesburg, via Baltimore, April 4th says that Col. Geary’s advance encountered 309 of Stewart and White’s cavalry and a force of infantry at Middlesburg, Va., last Saturday.  He drove in the rebel pickets outside of Middlesburg, when he entered the town and discovered the infantry in retreat and cavalry posted to make a stand.  A gun was placed to command the main street, and the 28th advanced by all the approaches to the town, while the main body rushed through it with bayonets fixed, on a double quick, driving the enemy before them.  Col. Geary dashed forward at the head, and at one time was within 200 years of the rebel cavalry.

Col. Geary’s command scoured the country as far down as Aldie, from which place it returned as far as Sinclairville to assist at Winchester, but the battle there was decided before it could get further.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, April 7, 1862, p. 1

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